We mourn the loss of Gert G. Wagner

LIFE faculty member Gert G. Wagner, our esteemed colleague, friend, and advisor, passed away on January 28, 2024, at the age of 71.
Book of Condolence for Gert G. Wagner.
The International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE)

The International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE)

The International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE) is a joint international PhD Program of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, and the University of Zurich.

The goal of the Research School is the study of the systematic changes in human behavior over evolutionary and ontogenetic time. The general approach is aimed at advancing the behavioral and social science of human development. LIFE takes an integrative and interdisciplinary approach to understanding human development in a changing world, connecting evolutionary, ontogenetic, historical, and institutional perspectives. The focus is on the evolution and interaction of individual and institutional development.
LIFE offers students unique training in the dynamics of human behavior on different time scales. These include long-term changes, such as in the evolution of culture and emergence of institutions of learning, and short-term changes, such as in individual education processes, lifespan development, and institutionally regulated life-course processes. The curriculum combines psychology, educational science, neuroscience, and biology, focussing especially on the dynamics of human behavior on different time scales.

LIFE Speakers

Ulman Lindenberger
MPI for Human Development

Clemens Tesch-Römer
(Associate Co-Speaker)
Freie Universität Berlin

Toni C. Antonucci
University of Michigan

Jacqui Smith
(Associate Co-Speaker)
University of Michigan

Steven M. Boker
University of Virginia

Angeline Lillard
(Associate Co-Speaker)
University of Virginia

Moritz Daum
University of Zurich

Alexandra M. Freund
(Associate Co-Speaker)
University of Zurich

You can apply for a doctoral fellowship after new LIFE fellowships are announced in October/November. You will find the announcement on this website. Please find more information about the application process here.


Program Manager: Dr. Imke Kruse
Coordinator: Silke Schäfer
Phone: +49 30 824 06-373
e-mail: imprs-life@mpib-berlin.mpg.de
IMPRS on the Life Course (LIFE)
Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Lentzeallee 94
14195 Berlin
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