Berlin Demography Forum – an initiative for all generations

A lot of countries of the Northern Hemisphere face fundamental demographic challenges that will affect all areas of our lives. Low birth rates coupled with increasing life expectancies influence the way in which generations live together, educational opportunities, the world of work and markets, and our pension and healthcare systems.

What incentives to start a family can sustainable politics provide? How can we better balance our professional and family life? Will immigration be sufficient to sustain the required labour force? How can we make our pension, healthcare, and long-term care systems fit for the future? Which values does our society need? Which best-practice models exist across the globe? And finally, how can we make the best use of the potential that our aging society offers?

The Berlin Demography Forum (BDF) is a global, cross-party platform providing a new impetus to raise the general public’s awareness of the significance of demographic change both at a national and international level. The forum brings together high-ranking politicians, scientists, business leaders, and representatives of international organizations and civil society to discuss potential solutions and contribute to this important debate.

The BDF is designed as an annual conference, tackling a variety of issues:

  • the 1st BDF in 2012 focused on the topics “Families-Children-Society”
  • the 2nd BDF in 2013 concentrated on “Generations-Learning-Prosperity”
  • the 3rd BDF’s motto in 2014 was “Security–Trust–Solidarity”
  • the 4th BDF in 2015 focused on “Activity-Health-Participation”
  • the 5th BDF in February 2016 concentrated on “Labour–Perspectives–Prosperity”
  • the 6th BDF in Feburary 2017 focused on “Learning and Integration”
  • the 7th BDF’s motto in April 2018 was “Shaping the Future: Domestic and International Migration in Europe”

The BDF is supported by the BDF Advisory Board. Members of the Advisory Board are
(as of August 2018):

Franz Müntefering, Former Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs (Head of BDF Advisory Board)

Ingo Behnel, Head of Department, Federal Ministry of Health

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

Dr. Michael Frehse, Head of Directorate-General H, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Ursula Lehr, Former Federal Minister

Ulrich Lilie, President, Diakonie Deutschland

Prof. Dr. Tilman Mayer, University of Bonn

Aygül Özkan, Managing Director, PCC Services GmbH at Deutsche Bank; Former State Minister

Prof. Dr. Norbert Schneider, Director, Federal Institute for Population Research

Dr. Matthias von Schwanenflügel, Head of Department, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth


Ex officio as BDF Chairman:

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

Conference site:
ESMT European School of Management and Technology, Berlin

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