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The Role of Genes in Fertility – Webinar with Population Europe expert Prof Melinda Mills (University of Oxford)

Oct 14
Source: AndreyPopov

Scientists have long recognised that assigning cause to nature or nurture alone is, at the very least, misleading. Recent research from the Sociogenome project, an international initiative funded by the European Research Council, has shown for the first time that genetic variants influence fertility. However, the results also suggest natural selection is being “overridden”—that is, European women are having fewer children and later in life despite passing down earlier and earlier fertility, a reproductive advantage, to later generations.

We invite you to participate in a webinar with Professor Melinda Mills, Unviersity of Oxford, who is recently a co-author of “Human Fertility, molecular genetics and natural selection in modern societies” [1], a review of the biodemography of fertility [2] and fertility in advanced societies [3]. Exclusively for Population Europe, Professor Mills will provide an overview of this research on the biodemography of fertility and discuss how socio-environmental and genetic factors interact to influence fertility tempo (age at first birth) and quantum (number of children). Following the presentation, she will take your questions about the study’s groundbreaking methods, its intriguing results, or her forthcoming book Out of Time: the Consequences of Non-Standard Employment Schedules for Family Cohesion [4].

We cordially invite you to attend the Population Europe Webinar

Date & Time:   Wednesday, 14 October 2015, 14:00 Brussels time


Please confirm your participation by 9 October 2015 at the latest, so that we can send you the necessary log-in data. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact: Dr Harald Wilkoszewski and Isabel Robles Salgado, press [at],


[1] Tropf FC, Stulp G, Barban N, Visscher PM, Yang J, Snieder H, et al. (2015) Human Fertility, Molecular Genetics, and Natural Selection in Modern Societies. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0126821. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0126821
[2] Mills, M. & F. Tropf (2015). The biodemography of fertility: A review and future research frontiers, Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie (forthcoming)
[3] Balbo, N., Billari, F.C. and Mills, M. (2013). Fertility in advanced societies: A review, European Journal of Population, 29: 1-38.
[4] Täht, Kadri, and Melinda Mills. Out of Time: The Consequences of Non-standard Employment Schedules for Family Cohesion. Springer Netherlands (2016).

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