Mortality Past and Present: John Graunt's Bills of Mortality

This event marks the 350th anniversary of the publication of John Graunt's London Bills of Mortality in 1662.

Part One: Mortality in Historical London

Speakers open the symposium with an historical approach, examining mortality patterns in London.

Part Two: Contemporary Mortality

Speakers present the current 'state-of-the-art' of mortality studies in the UK, Europe and beyond, with consideration to the influence of Graunt.

Part Three: How do we build extended longevity into our visions of the future?

The symposium concludes with a panel discussion where representatives from the Government Actuary's Department and the Office of National Statistics speak on how changing mortality patterns interact with contemporary policy and planning issues. The final word is given to Professor Jim Vaupel, whose keynote speech considers mortality and population health.