06 June 2019 - 08 June 2019
St. Petersburg, Russia

Demography as a factor in global politics

World Population Program Deputy Director Sergei Scherbov was invited to participate in a panel discussion at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019.

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The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) is a unique event in the world of business and economics. Since 2006, it has been held under the auspices of the President of the Russian Federation, who has also attended each event. Over the last 21 years, the Forum has become a leading global platform for members of the business community to meet and discuss the key economic issues facing Russia, emerging markets, and the world as a whole.

As leading expert on aging and demography in Russia, Sergei Scherbov is invited speaker at this conference. He will participate in the panel discussion entitled "Demography as a factor in global politics: Current trends" on 8 June at 12pm, at Congress Centre, Conference Hall D4.

The panel session discusses demographic problems that go beyond birth and mortality rates. Population replacement, changes in its structure, the increase in life expectancy, and migration are becoming fundamental issues in the development strategies of most countries. Non-standard and systemic solutions are moving to centre stage. Panel members will discuss questions including: What kind of opportunities are opening up due to the fact that the population is ageing, and how can high growth rates be maintained; What measures can boost the birth rate and reduce poverty; and how much can supporting women increase economic activity in general?

For many years Scherbov together with Warren Sanderson have developed new measures of age and aging in demographic research. They suggest to broaden research methods to account for significant increases in life expectancy, as the focus on chronological age of people alone provides a limited picture of the process, one that is often not appropriate for either scientific study or policy analysis. Their groundbreaking results have been published in Nature and Science and other high level journals. Scherbov is also PI of the Reassessing Ageing from a Population Perspective (Re-Ageing) project at IIASA that, among other things, ascertains the extent to which advanced societies are actually aging in multiple dimensions, including health, cognitive abilities, and longevity.

The main events of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will take place on 6–8 June, 2019 at the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

For more information please visit the event website.

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