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James Vaupel

speaker location icon Rostock, Germany

Revolutionised the field of demographics

Founding member of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

Research professor at Duke University and the director of its Population, Policy, Ageing and Research Center

Professor James Vaupel is a pioneering expert on ageing and demography.

Renowned for challenging long-held assumptions on life expectancy and ageing, he triumphes advances in modern science, medicine and welfare, and questions whether there is a natural limit to human longevity. He has also led groundbreaking research into the demography of the developed world.

James is the founder of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, which works with a worldwide network of cutting-edge researchers. He is a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, a scientific member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been awarded the IPSEN Foundation prize for research on longevity, the Taeuber Award for biodemography, the Sheps award for mathematical demography and also the Seneca Medal for research on longevity.

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"James’ career has always been about transcending the limits of his field. His ideas are challenging and thought-provoking, particularly when he discusses the impact that demographics will have on the economy of the future."

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