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International Population Conference – Recruiting reviewers

Hyderabad, India 5-10 December 2021



The 2021 International Population Conference (IPC2021) will be organized around 25 general themes (see list below). The International Organizing Committee selected conveners with the aim of ensuring topical expertise, efficiency, geographic and gender balance and selecting members who were not already chairs of IUSSP scientific Panels or conveners for the last IUSSP conference. 


Unlike previous conferences, there will be no call for session suggestions. The Conveners will create sessions by relying on the evaluations and comments reviewers have provided on abstract submissions; they will select session chairs and discussants from the list of reviewers who volunteer for these roles. Reviewers thus play a critical role in the creation of the scientific programme. 


The IPC organizing committee plans to recruit up to 300 reviewers with expertise in a broad range of thematic and topical areas to assure 2 reviews for each abstract submitted to the Call for Papers. In the coming months we will be sending out invitations to qualifying IUSSP members to be reviewers. The Council will select members from the IUSSP database who have demonstrated experience. 


Reviewers will have the opportunity to be considered to chair a session in one of the conference themes. We hope as many of you as possible who receive the invitation to be a reviewer will say yes. Even those who do not plan to attend the Conference can of course participate in the review of abstracts. Involving as many members as possible will enable a much broader range of members to participate in the creation of the conference programme for the International Population Conference.


If you have colleagues who are not yet members, who would like to participate in the conference in this capacity, please encourage them to become an IUSSP member so they can be invited to be a reviewer.


The call for papers will be issued in early 2020 and the deadline to submit an abstract will be 7 January 2021. The Conference itself will take place 5-10 December 2021 at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre. 


List of IPC2021 themes with confirmed theme conveners:

  • Fertility and Childbearing, Feng Wang, University of California, Irvine and Fudan University, China
  • Family Planning and Contraception, Leela Visaria, Gujarat Institute of Development Research
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Ilene Speizer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Families and Households, Doo-Sub Kim, Hanyang University
  • Union Formation and Dissolution, Trude Lappegard, Statistics Norway
  • Health and Morbidity, Nyovani Madise, African Institute for Development Policy
  • Mortality and Longevity, Bernardo Queiroz, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Life Course, Sonalde Desai, University of Maryland
  • Children and Youth, K.G. Santhya, Population Council- India
  • Older Adults and Intergenerational Relations, Jane Falkingham, University of Southampton
  • Gender, Zeba Sathar, Population Council-Pakistan
  • Culture, Ethnicity, Race, Religion and Language, Alaka Basu, Cornell University
  • Population Ageing, Bussarawan Teerawichitchainan, National University of Singapore
  • International Migration, Fernando Lozano, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
  • Migrant Populations and Refugees, Helga de Valk, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI)/Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Internal Migration, Donatien Beguy, UN Habitat
  • Urban Demography, Mark Montgomery, Stony Brook University/Population Council
  • Human Capital and Labour Markets, Anne Goujon, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital
  • Population and Development, and the Demographic Dividend, Latif Dramani, Université de Thies
  • Economic Demography, TBD
  • Historical Demography, Lionel Kesztenbaum, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED)
  • Population and Environment, Susana Beatriz Adamo, CIESIN-Columbia University
  • Data and Methods, Bruno Schoumaker, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
  • Spatial Demography and Human Geography, James Raymer, Australian National University
  • Population Policy Challenges, Cheikh Mbacke, Consultant