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The draft of the scientific programme for the 2016 European Population Conference in Mainz is now available online. You can find more information here: https://epc2016.princeton.edu/topics. [...]
This gap is space for policy reform
Population ageing will continue to be one of Europe’s biggest long-term policy challenges in coming decades. Older populations have many advantages, but they also have very concrete costs—most notably on pensions, one of the foundations of modern-day welfare states. Longer lives, the result of better health and nutrition, is certainly part of the equation, but this can hardly be qualified as a problem. No, Europe is ageing, and—despite our intentions—low fertility is the reason. Low fertility is also the result of positive developments. [...]
Do your homework
Obesity and overweight is largely preventable, yet widespread around the world. They are particularly prevalent in richer countries. Since 1980, the global percentage of overweight adults has increased from around 30 to closer to 40. In Europe, the figure has reached 50. [...]
Population Europe is delighted to announce that two of our partner institutes will be the home of outstanding projects financed by the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant.  Melinda Mills (University of Oxford) has received an ERC Advanced Grant for her project on "Chronotype, health and family: The role of biology, socio- and natural environment and their interaction", and Hill Kulu (University of St Andrews) for his project on "Migrant Life. Understanding Life Trajectories of Immigrants and Their Descendants in Europe and Projecting Future". [...]
Professor Billari (University of Oxford) and Professor Aassve (Bocconi) win prestigious grants
The European Research Council (ERC) has announced today (14 April 2016) the awarding of its prestigious Advanced Grants to 277 senior researchers, worth in total € 647 million. Among the grantees are two senior Population Europe researchers: Professor Francesco Billari (University of Oxford) and Professor Arnstein Aassve (Bocconi University). [...]
Nominations for the Awards
The Council of EAPS has the pleasure to invite nominations for the various Awards which will be presented at the upcoming European Population Conference 2018 in Brussels!  Nominations for the Awards should reach EAPS by 1 April 2018 at the latest! Nominations are invited for the following Awards: [...]
Central European University is pleased to announce the seventh annual European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities. This pioneering award, first announced in 2011 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Central European University, honors academics in the social sciences and humanities who teach at higher education institutions in the European Higher Education Area. [...]
Population Europe Partner Institute IIASA among the strategic partners of the new centre
On 20 June 2016, the European Commission launched the Knowledge Centre for Migration and Demography (KCMD). [...]
Congratulations to four European demographers who have been awarded prestigious Consolidator Grants by the European Research Council (ERC): Guido Alfani (Dondena Centre at Bocconi University, Population Europe Partner) for the project "Social Mobility and Inequality across Italy and Europe: 1300-1800"; [...]
The European Social Survey (ESS) has launched an online consultation into proposed changes to some of our questions that are included in every round of the ESS. This request for feedback is part of a wider review - that is being held ahead of Round 10 (2020/21) data collection - into the relevance of our questionnaire items. The purpose of the review is to ensure that our questions continue to accurately reflect the most important social, political and demographic issues facing Europe. [...]

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