Beyond COVID-19: Population Challenges Ahead

Old-age poverty – generational conflict – pension crisis: these buzzwords were already part of public discussions even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, our ageing society offers more opportunities than risks. The question remains whether we can take advantage of them. In January 2021, the European Commission provided important insights in the Green Paper on Ageing. This report indicated that the labour force participation of older people plays an important role in solving the socio-political challenges ahead. How can our educational systems be adapted so that people remain fit for the labour market during their entire life course? What are the socio-political consequences of life course events, such as long periods of unemployment? How can we better support people in the transition to retirement and design minimum income schemes to ensure the social participation of vulnerable population groups in old age?

Population Europe and the Council of the Baltic Sea States invite you to a discussion event with Dr Rolf Schmachtenberg, Permanent State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and Prof. Dr Agnieszka Chłoń-Domińczak, Director of the Institute of Statistics and Demography at the Warsaw School of Economics and the following prominent experts:

  • Dr Hervé Boulhol, Senior Economist, Pensions and Population Ageing, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Paris, France
  • Dr Marc Bovenschulte, Member of the Board of the Institute for Innovation and Technology and Head of the department Demography, Clusters and Foresight, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH, Berlin, Germany
  • Professor Jane C. Falkingham OBE, Professor of Demography and International Social Policy, Director of ESRC Centre for Population Change, Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Professor Dr Alexia FürnkranzPrskawetz, Professor of Mathematical Economics at the TU Wien, Executive Director of the Vienna Institute of Demography, Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Vienna, Austria
  • Professor Dr Tatiana Razumova, Professor for Labour and Personnel Economics, Moscow State Lomonosov University, Moscow, Russian Federation
  • Lea Vatanen, Senior Expert, European Commission, Secretariat-General, Cohesion, Economic & Social Affairs, Brussels, Belgium

Online via Zoom. Translation service in English will be offered.