Max-Planck Odense Center

Max-Planck Odense Center on the Biodemography of Aging (MaxO) is an interdisciplinary and international collaboration between researchers drawn from demography, epidemiology, medicine, biology, mathematics and statistics. The center conducts innovative research to discover the basic causes and key consequences of the age trajectories of survival, including also their policy implications.

Scientists working on biodemography typically focus on either biology or human health. At the Max-Planck Odense Center on the Biodemography of Aging we integrate both biological and health aspects of human longevity and aging to create insights that neither of the two aspects could provide alone.
The center bridges research in biological demography (Biology department) with epidemography at the health sciences (Department for Epidemiology Biostatictics and Biodemography) using a solid foundation of mathematical and computational methods (Department of Mathematics and Computer Science). Data sources on human and nonhuman patterns of birth and death provide the basis for comparative analysis within and across species.

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News from MaxO:


February 2017:

Iain Stott has been awarded €200,194.80 by the European Commission for the Marie Słodowska-Curie Actions Standard Fellowship WHYAGE, to be conducted at MaxO, SDU in collaboration with the University of Zurich. The WHYAGE project will use global demographic datasets developed by MaxO and other institutions, alongside novel theoretical models, to explore feedbacks between age-patterns of survival and fecundity, and population dynamics.

January 2017:

New project:  Efficient survey and response to invasive species using drones.  This is a joint project of Johan Dahlgren (MaxO), Owen Jones (MaxO) and Henrik Skov Midtiby at the UAS Center, SDU Faculty of Engineering. It is funded by the University of Southern Denmark, as part of an initiative to fund outreach projects using drones. We will use “unmanned aerial vehicles”, UAVs, to monitor populations of problem species of plants.

December 2016:
Our report for our activities 2013-2016 is now available. Please click here.

December 2016:
We are happy to announce that EDSD - European Doctoral School of Demography will be in MaxO and SDU in 2017-2019.
Please read more here.



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