Are we entering the last century of youth?

May 12, 2024DR Koncerthuset Copenhagen
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Doors open: 19:00
Start programme: 20:00
DR Koncerthuset
Ørestads Blvd. 13

Science & Cocktails is proud to present an episode with Sarah Harper, world-renowned gerontologist who established the Oxford Institute for Population Ageing. Her work focuses on understanding global population trends and their political, economic, social and environmental impact. In her book “How Population Change Will Transform Our World” she argues that population change is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. All this comes after Thea Dora brings catchy melodies on glitchy beats to the stage.

Why did we go from population explosion to peak population and decline in less than 40 years? Does this matter? Why is this happening? What are the economic and social implications? Why are so many governments ignoring the clear solutions?

Across high income countries, young people are choosing to have few children or to be childfree. We have gone from population explosion to peak population and decline in less than 40 years - Does this matter? Is it not good for our finite planet? What are the solutions and why are so many governments ignoring them.

In this episode Sarah Harper will go through the various reasons for why youth is in decline and its global consequences.

Event held in English with the generous support of the Novo Nordisk Foundation.


  • 20:00–   20:45
    Thea Dora– 
  • 21:15–   22:15
    Sarah Harper– 
  • 22:15–   23:15
    DJ Nami– 

Talk by

Sarah Harper

Professor Sarah Harper, University of Oxford, is one of the world’s leading authorities on global population trends and their economic, political, environmental and social impact. She speaks with enormous experience as an advisor to European and Asian governments. Harper served on the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, advising David Cameron and Theresa May on the scientific evidence for strategic policies, was an Advisor to the Malaysian and Singaporean Governments, and a Specialist Advisor for the European Commission on Demographic Change.

Her 2019 book ‘How Population Change Will Transform Our World’ (OUP), in which she argues that changing population structures will present one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century, was described by Foreign Affairs as providing “a powerful reminder that debates over immigrations, social welfare, and inequality will intensify in the decades ahead.”


Music by

Thea Dora

Thea Dora is a Danish artist and producer born and raised in the center of Nørrebro, Copenhagen. Her music is full of energy and brings catchy melodies on glitchy beats with a vulnerable lead vocal to carry and guide us through her dreamy universe.

The 25 year old dane first started writing songs on the guitar, but quickly found out that she wanted to expand and build a bigger universe around her songwriting, which initially led her to producing her own music. She spent a lot of time experimenting with different music, but she always ended up making pop songs and found that this was meant to be the core of Thea Dora.


Live act by

DJ Nami

During his 12-year life, Dj Nami already has a keen ear for both prisoners dance floor music and alluring, moody compositions. For Science & Cocktails, he will have free leeway to treat the guests with everything from phonk, afro trap, tiktok hits, gqom and amapiano.

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