Beyond COVID-19: Population Challenges Ahead


Discussion Event with


Dr Michael Meister (Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Education and Research / Member of the German Bundestag, Berlin) and


Prof. Dr Pearl Dykstra (Professor of Empirical Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam / Member of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors to the Cabinet of European Commissioners, 2015-2020)


Monday, 25 January 2021, 10:30-12:00, Berlin time


Online via Zoom (see below), translation service in English will be offered.


TopicThroughout the current COVID-19 pandemic, researchers have been widely requested to contribute scientific evidence about various aspects of the pandemic, including their long-term social consequences. However, in many cases, advice had to be given tentatively and with an understanding of uncertainty due to not only a lack of sufficient data but also to the nature of science itself. What are the lessons learnt from previous months? How has the role of research in the policy arena changed during the pandemic? How can we increase trust in the public role of scientists even if we have to deal with uncertainties? How can we ensure that the expertise of researchers is readily available for evidence-based decision-making in future crises?




Prof. Dr Jakub Bijak, Professor of Statistical Demography at the University of Southampton, Principal Investigator of the EU-funded project “QuantMig: Quantifying Migration Scenarios for Better Policy”


Prof. Dr Agnieszka Chłoń-Domińczak, Professor in the Institute of Statistics and Demography at Warsaw School of Economics, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy of Poland (2008-2009)


Dr Birte Fähnrich, Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Research Group "Implications of Digitization for the Quality of Science Communication", Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities


Sonja Kastilan, Head of Science Section, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung


Prof. Dr Wolfgang Lutz, Founding Director, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital / Professor of Demography, Department of Demography, University of Vienna


Prof. Dr Melinda Mills, Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, University of Oxford / Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, UK Government Office of Science


Prof. Dr Lothar H. Wieler (tbc), President of the Robert Koch Institute, Berlin / Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina


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