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Halma-Banner The Institute for Applied Demography GmbH Berlin-Brandenburg (IFAD)

The Institute for Applied Demography (IFAD) is a non-profit scientific institution with close work and research contacts to the university area.

Since its foundation in 1992, the IFAD has been dealing with a wide range of historical-theoretical, empirical-practical and prognostic research. The focus here is on politics-related issues in demography, especially demographic change and its effects on the Eastern German Federal States.

Research fields of the institute refer to:

  • Basic processes of demographic developments; Forecasts, fertility patterns and family formation processes in Germany

  • Development trends of specific life situations and life situations of certain population groups;
    Processes of social structure development and social segregation in problematic urban regions; Desolation of rural areas

  • Income development, consumption and prosperity, processes of social differentiation and the development of different lifestyles

Particular importance is attached to basic demographic research, as is clearly documented by numerous of the well over 100 publications of the IFAD edition. The institute sees itself as a fundamental prerequisite for successful cooperation with various partners from the fields of politics, science and business. This is borne out by a wide range of IFAD contract research projects for the federal government, the federal states and municipalities, for parties, organizations, associations and business enterprises as well as numerous scientific events, discussion groups, colloquia and media presentations.

The institute is responsible for the only university demographic courses in Berlin. Semester and diploma theses are prepared and supervised by students of social and economic sciences at the institute. Internships are also carried out by students and graduates of social science training institutions at the institute.


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