Events - 12.08.2011 - 00:00 

Rapid population growth

On 29 August, the 7th World Ageing & Generations Congress will start at the HSG. During the conference, experts will be speaking about the chances and challenges of rapid population growth.


16 August 2011. In October 2011, the world population will reach the seven billion mark. Every second, 2.4 people are born and 1.8 people die. On the occasion of the 7th World Ageing & Generations Congress, some 100 experts and 300 participants from 40 nations will discuss the development of worldwide population growth. The focus will be on the demographic development in various countries and its consequences for the economy, politics, health and society.

Youth bulge and economic growth

The consequences of a very high proportion of young people in a society, the so-called youth bulge, will also be discussed during the congress. A further topic will be the demographic dividend in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). According to that, there is a transition from high to low fertility and mortality rates in many developing countries. A boom generation is growing up who will be able to exert a favourable influence on economic growth once they reach working age. The speakers of the panel on “The Youth Bulge and the Demographic Dividend in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region” will debate whether the MENA countries will really be able to profit from their young working population structure and whether the most recent political changes have their origins in demography. 

"Golden Ages" exhibition at the HSG
Participants and the general public will also be able to visit the "Golden Ages" exhibition, which offers a Morphing Station” that takes three-dimensional picture of people and ages the portraits by 20 years within seconds. The software for this was developed by the German Max Planck Institute. In addition, the exhibition focuses on the issue of “Healthy Ageing”; for instance, it is possible to have one’s biological age computed, which is influenced by good factors such as sports and negative factors such as smoking and alcohol. 

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