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New social diversity : the Berlin Institute to explore consequences of the diversity

Berlin, probably the most diverse city in Germany, is to get a new Institute for population science. Ageing society, new Immigrants, Single parents, the third gender option, and rainbow families: The rapid changes in the structure of society and in the family are forms of a hitherto little-worked field, says Andrew noble, a scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute for demographic research, who is involved in the preparation of the Application.

it is Planned to be a "Einstein Center for Population Diversity", in the face of start-up funding, explains Andreas Schlüter, Secretary General of the Stifterverband for the deutsche Wissenschaft on request. A Foundation in the Stifterverband've said a Million Euro. Would add 500 000 Euro by the Land of Berlin. Organized the funding from the support Fund of science in Berlin. Him in the pen Association, and the Einstein-Stiftung, founded in April 2017, in order to mobilise private donations for the Berlin science. The Fund manages already the Public-Private Partnership at the Einstein Center for the Digital Future, which was also launched in the spring of 2017.

Institute will explore the causes and consequences of population diversity

"The Digital future and the population science are the first two major projects of the Fund", says Schlüter. The project for the new Einstein Center for Population Diversity, the Humboldt-University is the lead, are involved also the private Hertie School of Governance, the Federal Institute for population research, the German Institute for economic research (DIW), the Rostock Max-Planck-Institute for demographic research and a sociologist from the University of Oxford. The three large Berlin universities and the Charité in the "OX/BER Research Partnership," in view of the forthcoming Brexit a close cooperation.

"The Mission of the new Einstein centre is to investigate the causes and consequences of population diversity on the national, regional and local level, as well as through cross-country comparisons," it says in a draft paper on the proposed Institute. Researchers from demography, epidemiology, medicine, political science, psychology, sociology, statistics and economic Sciences are to be renewed "and interdisciplinary population science" to justify and thus Berlin's "lighthouse of high international impact".

Classic voters milieus break away

"Today, Prenzlauer Berg is the district with the young families, but they too are aging," says Andrew noble is an example for Berlin's diversity. A related issue is that the health, diversity, with, among others, to differences in the health status of men and women. The clasp is also the question of the extent to which social inequality and diversity are connected – for example in terms of a growing proportion of single mothers or new immigrants, prefer stainless, directs in Berlin from Rostock MPI-operated European network "Population Europe" says.

the Political impact of the increasing diversity of the population, even if classical voters milieu collapse, says noble. "How the society looks like in 20 to 30 years, and what keeps them together", sounds the overarching research question that could edit the new Institute – for Germany and Europe in a global perspective. In the draft paper for the center of the voltage field is described this way: "For some, this diversity is an opportunity that allows for new perspectives, creative ideas and initiatives of civil society, enrich our society. Others see it more as a challenge to social cohesion.“

that applies To explore it is, therefore, how, in the future, adequate social protection, sustainable employment opportunities and opportunities for political Participation.

millions of euros for the maturity of six years

However, even if the first 1.5 million euros can apply for the project secured: the Einstein Center for Population Diversity must take further hurdles. Two million Euro per year – for the usual six-year term of the Einstein-centres. The application of the Einstein Foundation is to be made in March. Andreas Schlüter from the pen Association is confident: "The science in the Berlin collides due to the high density of research institutions and their international reputation in Germany as a whole on the interest of potential donors." And just the theme of demographic change and increasing social diversity is highly topical.

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The specialist public. the research center on 21 January, – at a meeting in the European School of Management and Technology am Berliner Schlossplatz. Will be discussed under the title "Population Diversity as a trend for the future". Officially the centre in January 2020 to start, meanwhile, is still looking for a suitable building
"It is time that we speak only of diversity, but the people who make up this diversity, and design, much stronger than in the past, the focus will be," says Andrew noble.

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