Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Retreat is postponed until summer 2021. Exact dates tbd.


The Rostock Retreat is organized annually at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, on the coast of the Baltic Sea in Northern Germany. The Retreat is an experimental format for scholarly exchange designed to encourage communication and collaboration on specific themes in a relaxed atmosphere. After three successful Retreats on visualization, causality, and simulation, the fourth Retreat will focus on visualizing uncertainty. This three-day event brings together theorists, practitioners, methodologists, and applied researchers from across the social sciences and beyond in order to stimulate discussion of best practices and new proposals for how to communicate uncertainty in various settings, and the application of these insights in demography and population studies. One of the main aims of these events is to provide a space for participants to interact, collaborate, and learn in order to inspire new ideas, hone skills but also have fun.

Each day of the Rostock Retreat will include a keynote lecture, a series of thematic workshops, interactive sessions for participants to exchange ideas and feedback, a poster session for participants to present ongoing work, as well as evening lectures on assorted topics.


Interested in participating in the Rostock Retreat on Visualizing Uncertainty?

Please upload your application via

The application should be a single PDF-file including (1) a paragraph describing a problem you want to advance by participating in the Retreat (related to visualizing uncertainty) and (optionally) (2) a visualization of your own that contains an aspect of uncertainty, with a paragraph describing it (or critiquing it). Applicants should have received a PhD, or should be enrolled in a PhD program. Please get in touch if this does not apply to you but you are interested in participating. Participants will verbally present their research with the aid of a poster.

For students or junior scientists with financial limitations there will be a limited number of travel stipends, covering travel and accommodation. Please state in your application if you also want to apply for a travel stipend.

A course on visualization in R will take place directly before the Retreat at the Max Planck Institute. If you also plan to apply to this course, please mention so in your Retreat application.

Questions or Suggestions? Feel free to contact the organizing committee by – anytime from anywhere.

The application deadline is April 10, 2020.