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Remembering James W. Vaupel and his living legacy

May 02 2022

Remebering James W. Vaupel and his living legacy

Deeply saddened by the sudden loss of James W. Vaupel, their dear colleague and founding Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Population Dynamics, they would like to share with you moments of reflection and remembering at the occasion of what would have been his 77th birthday.

You are cordially invited to join them on May 2nd in Odense or through online broadcasting in remembering James W. Vaupel’s contribution to science, scientific community and to nurturing young talents. Through personal memories of colleagues, students, and friends, the event will be a celebration of James W. Vaupel’s living legacy.


Part I. Building Bridges and Institutions 


  • Jens Ringsmose, Rector, University of Southern Denmark 
  • Mikko Myrskylä, Director, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research 
  • Frans Willekens, Emeritus Professor, University of Groningen 
  • Andreas Edel, Executive Secretary, Population Europe 
  • Kaare Christensen, Professor, University of Southern Denmark 


Part II. Empowering of Young Talents and Scientific Legacy 


  • Marie-Pier Bergeron Boucher, Assistant Professor, University of Southern Denmark 
  • Francisco Villavicencio, Research Fellow, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 
  • Dalia A. Conde, Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark 
  • Roland Rau, Professor, University of Rostock 
  • Annette Baudisch, Professor WSR, University of Southern Denmark



  • 2nd May 2022 at 2:30 p.m. (CET)
  • Auditorium, Danish Institute for Advanced Study, University of Southern Denmark, 
    Fioniavej 34, Odense M, Denmark
  • Register to an online broadcasting by following this link.



It is the family’s wish to hold a private burial. 

To express your condolences, his family feels that rather than with a wreath James would have  preferred people to commemorate him by buying a good bottle of wine and a nice dinner and celebrate the joy of life together with those dear to you. 

If your preference is for flowers and wreaths, they can be sent to Sortebro Kro, Sejerskovvej 20, 5260 Odense, Denmark on April 30th.


Share your memories

James’s colleagues have set up a private initiative of collecting memories of or with James. They are setting up a simple website that will be used for sharing submitted memories. You can contribute your memories through a simple form or by submitting your memory to an email address



For additional information, please contact the organizers Jana Vobecká at or Lars Henrik Pedersen at

The Interdisciplinary Centre on Population Dynamics