James W. Vaupel
James W. Vaupel is Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock where he heads the Laboratory of Survival and Longevity, the Laboratory of Population and Policy, and the Laboratory of Evolutionary Biodemography. He is also Director of the Max Planck International Research Network on Ageing and Professor at the University of Southern Denmark. James W. Vaupel is Panel Chair for the European Research Council Starting Grant and Rector of the European Doctoral School of Demography. James W. Vaupel works on human life expectancy, the plasticity of ageing, and the evolutionary development of ageing and longevity across the tree of life. Other main research fields are ageing societies and demographic change as well as the distribution of work over the life-course. James W. Vaupel is Member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Regular Scientific Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. For his scientific work, he was honoured with the Mindel C. Sheps Award for Mathematical Demography and the Longevity prize of the Ipsen Foundation. He is Chair of the Population Europe Board of Trustees.