Vladimir Canudas is Associate Professor at the School of Demography, ANU. He studied actuarial science/mathematics and population studies, which triggered his interest on formal demography. Mortality and longevity are at the core of his research. He has previously worked at the Max-Planck Institute in Germany and the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, the University of California, Berkeley, the Pennsylvania State University in USA, and he has been Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in USA, the Max Planck Odense Center, at the University of Southern Denmark.. At the Max Planck Odense Center he coordinated a group on new and alternative ways of mortality forecasting. He has advised UN, WHO and World Bank panels as well as insurance companies, and serves as active member of demographic societies: PAA, EAPS, and IUSSP.