Session on well-being in population research

The BiB hosted a scientific conference with the Federal Statistical Office where I co-organised a session on well-being in population research with Nico Stawarz, Katharina Spieß, Nadja Milewski and Volker Cihlar.

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The session was opened by its chair Katharina Spieß, who introduced the speakers (picture).

Nico Stawarz gave a great introductory keynote on why we need to go beyond GDP and other “objective” measures of quality of/inequalities in life, and also look on the well-being of populations. He thereby revealed parts of the progressive research agenda that the BiB will pursue in the years ahead: Monitoring the well-being of the German population.

The highlight were three key notes from Monika Mynarska (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw), Martijn Hendriks (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Eric Kim (University of British Columbia), leading scientists in the fields of family, migration, and aging. They provided us with an overview of state-of-the-art research on well-being from their discipline’s perspective.

Thanks again to all speakers and the organisers! This really was food for thought.