Designed as an annual conference, on a variety of topics surrounding demographic challenges, the Berlin Demography Forum (BDF) offers a global, non-partisan platform for solution-oriented dialogue.

The BDF brings together leading politicians, scientists, economists, and representatives of international organisations and civil society to debate possible routes towards sustainable development and conveys them to the public at large.

The 7th BDF took place on April 10-11, 2018 in Berlin.

7th Berlin Demography Forum (BDF)
April 10-11, 2018

Impressions of the 7th BDF 2018

The 7th BDF in April 2018

In 2018, the topic of the Berlin Demography Forum was “Shaping the Future: Domestic and International Migration in Europe”. Against the backdrop of demographic change, the forum sought to examine the role of migration within and between different countries and regions in Europe. Within this debate, regional implications and international comparison received special attention.


Among the confirmed speakers were:

Stephen Adeoye, Managing Director, Zukunft für das Leben

Dr. Brian Beach, Senior Research Fellow, International Longevity Centre United Kingdom

Dr. Jakub Bijak, Professor of Statistical Demography, University of Southampton

Prof. Dr. Volker Deville, CEO, F/L Think Tank eG; University of Bayreuth

Dr. Andreas Edel, Executive Secretary, Population Europe, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

Ines Feierabend, State Secretary, Thuringian Ministry of Labour, Social Welfare, Health, Women and Family Affairs

Dr. Dirk Förterer, Director Regulatory Affairs, Public Policy and Future Trends, Allianz Deutschland AG

Silke Franz, Raumentwicklung, Politikberatung, Kommunikation

Carsten Große Starmann, Senior Project Manager Programm LebensWerte Kommune, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Prof. Johannes Habel, Co-Director, Hidden Champions Institute (HCI), ESMT Berlin

Dr. Didier Halimi, Conseiller Scientifique, International Longevity Centre France

Dr. med. Ulrike Junius-Walker, Head of Working Group “Geriatric Care”, Hannover Medical School

Heribert Kleene, Mayor, Municipality Vrees

Maren Kroll,  Vice President of Human Resources, Harry‘s Deutschland

Ulrich Lilie, President, Diakonie Deutschland

Heinz-Joachim Lohmann, Director of Studies for Democratic Culture and Church in Rural Regions, Protestant Academy of Berlin

Reinhard Loos, Managing Director, Deenst GmbH

Uwe Lübking, Director for Constitutional and Social Affairs, Education and Sport, German Association of Towns and Municipalities (DStGB)

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lutz, PhD, Founding Director, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, ID/ÖAW, WU)

Franz Müntefering, Former Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs

Dr. Angelika Münter, Senior Researcher, ILS – Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development

Doris Peschke, General Secretary, Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME)

Christoph Radbruch,  Chairman,  Association of German Protestant Hospitals (DEKV)

Dr. Birgit Richtberg, Mayor, Town of Romrod

Dr. Jörg K. Ritter,  Family Business Advisory Practice, Egon Zehnder International GmbH

Prof. Jörg Rocholl, President and EY Chair in Governance and Compliance, ESMT European School of Management and Technology

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bert Rürup, President, Handelsblatt Research Institute

Thokozile Ruzvidzo, Director Social Development Policy Division, UN Economic Commission for Africa

Dr. Nikola Sander, Research Director Migration and Mobility,  Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB)

Prof. Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger, PhD, Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Professor of Psychology, Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center; International Longevity Centre USA

Dr. Jasper Dag Tjaden,  Data & Survey Officer, Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), International Organization for Migration

Kenedy F. Tumenta, CEO, African Business Information Bank

Prof. Dr. Helga A. G. de Valk, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, The Hague/University of Groningen/Vrije Universiteit Brussels

Marieke van der Waal, Director, Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing

Doris Wagner, Former Member of Deutscher Bundestag and Spokesperson for Demographic Policies, Alliance 90/The Green Party

Prof. Dr. Claudia Warning, Director International and Domestic Programmes, Brot für die Welt

Dr. Daisuke Watanabe, PhD, Associate Professor, Seikei University

Dr. Teddy A. Wilkin, Head of the Research Sector, European Asylum Support Office