Health, Morbidity and Mortality

How are social inequalities related to healthy lifespans?

What are the trends in life expectancy and lifespan variation these days?

This Working Group studies trends and differentials in health, morbidity and mortality across Europe. Firmly based in population studies and demography, the group has a strong interdisciplinary character.

From its inception in 1991, the group has organized many seminars and workshops in close collaboration with scholars and institutions across Europe. All members may join the Working Group and participate in its events.

If you are interested in being part of this group, please send an email to Jon Anson at

Upcoming Event

Annual Working Group Meeting "Work, Love and Death", Bilbao at the Bizkaia Aretoa, 25–27 September 2024, featuring keynote presentations from Anna Oksuzyan, Silvia Loi, and Zachary van Winkle. Call for Papers and Save the Date!

The theme for the 2024 meeting is “Work, Love, and Death”. We kindly invite contributions on how work and family shape or are shaped by our health (broadly defined) and longevity. Work and love define many of the most important life transitions, including the choice to move and the way we spend and enjoy our time. Health and mortality are both fundamental constraints on outcomes related to love and work, but they are also fundamental consequences of work and love trajectories. Proposals may cover diverse themes, including data sources, methods, theories, and substantive findings.
Presentations: All accepted abstracts will be oral presentations, either in flash format (3–5 minutes, including poster) or longer format (20+10 minutes). All presentations will be on-site.
Submissions should be formatted as a structured abstract (for example background, objectives, data, methods, (expected) results, etc), with a maximum extension of 500 words.
Submissions are now open using this online form until 26 April 2024:
We will give acceptance notifications by 31 May 2024
Webpage of the workshop:
In case of any questions or problems, do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail

Previous Event

Workshop Changing conditions in a changing World: Comparative analysis of health, morbidity, and mortality”, Budapest, Hungary 20-22 September 2023 (hybrid)

Steering committee


Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium


Charles University, Czech Republic


Prague University of Economics and Business, Czech Republic

Previous events