9th Berlin Demography Forum 22 March 2021

“The baby boomers are retiring – opportunities and challenges”

Over the next few decades, the last baby boomer cohorts will reach retirement age. As the baby boomer generation enters retirement, there will be challenges in the labour market, pensions, the health system and care, but also opportunities, for example in terms of voluntary work. How are the conditions of the welfare state and democracy in Europe changing as a result of demographic change?


The Berlin Demography Forum 2021 will bring together representatives from science, civil society, politics and business to discuss opportunities and challenges for employers, civil society, families and young people.

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Programme 2021

Non-public symposium
Monday, 22 March 2021, online meeting (on invitation, in German language)


9.30 – 12.30h


Round Tables 1 – 3 (taking place at the same time / on invitation)

Round Table 1:

Now the baby boomers are becoming pensioners – are we threatened by new generation conflicts?


Keynote presentation:

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Klaus Hurrelmann
Senior Professor of Public Health and Education, Hertie School, Berlin

Round Table 2:

Now the baby boomers are becoming pensioners – what opportunities and risks arise at
the transition between professional and post-professional life?


Keynote presentation:

Prof. Dr. Stefan Liebig
Direktor des Sozio-oekonomischen Panels und Professor für Soziologie an der Freien Universität Berlin

Round Table 3:

The baby boomers reaching retirement age: implications for informal caring and voluntary work?


Keynote presentation:

Prof. Dr. Clemens Tesch-Römer
Direktor des Deutschen Zentrums für Altersfragen und apl. Professor an der Freien Universität Berlin



9th Berlin Demography-Forum (publicly)
Monday, 22 March 2021, online meeting (translation service available)


13.00 – 14.30h











Panel Discussion

The Baby Boomers are Retiring – Chances and Challenges for Generational Fairness


  • Anna Braam, Vorsitzende und Sprecherin der Stiftung für die Rechte zukünftiger Generationen
  • Clara Mayer, Sprecherin, Fridays for Future Berlin
  • Franz Müntefering, Bundesminister a.D. und Vorsitzender der Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Seniorenorganisationen e.V.
  • Elisabeth Niejahr, Mitglied der Geschäftsführung der Gemeinnützigen Hertie-Stiftung.
  • Moderation: Tim Szent-Ivany, Korrespondent Hauptstadtbüro Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland
15.00 – 17.00h












Welcome, Keynote Speech and Award Ceremony  Welcome:

Stefan Zierke, Parlamentarischer Staatssekretär bei der Bundesministerin für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend

Dr. Andreas Eckert (on behalf of the donor of the European Demographer Awards)
Chair of the Board, Förderfonds Wissenschaft in Berlin


Keynote speech:

Dubravka Šuica
Vice President of the European Commission for Democracy and Demography, Brussels

Panel discussion:

Dubravka Šuica

Prof. Dr. Helga A. G.  de Valk
Director, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, The Hague & Professor of Migration and the Lifecourse at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Population Research Center, University of Groningen & President of the European Association of Population Studies

Professor Jane C. Falkingham
Professorin für Demografie und internationale Sozialpolitik an der Universität Southampton

Award Ceremony for the European Demographer
Award winners
2020 and 2021

José Manuel Aburto

Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science,University of Oxford & Interdisciplinary Centre on Population Dynamics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense

Carlo Giovanni Camarda

Institut National d’Études Démographiques, Paris

Alice Goisis

Centre for Longitudinal Studies, University College London

Iñaki Permanyer
Center for Demographic Studies (CED), Barcelona



European Demography Forum

Demography, democracy and the welfare state

Tuesday, 23 March 2021, Online Meeting

Simultaneous translation will be provided.


Global Demography Forum

New challenges require new data. The experience of the Global South

Wednesday, 24 March 2021, Online Meeting

Simultaneous translation will be provided.



More information about the European and Global Demography Forum as well as the respective programmes can be found here



The organisers would like to thank the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and the Federal Ministry of Health for funding the event, as well as the Förderfonds Wissenschaft in Berlin for sponsoring the European Demographer Awards.