IPC2021 Call for Papers with new COVID focus 


Despite uncertainty about when it will be possible to organize large scale conferences, the IUSSP and the Indian National Organising Committee are going forward with plans to hold the conference in Hyderabad, India on 5-10 December 2021. By then we hope the pandemic will be under control.  


In an era when the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the world, the Conference Organizers will include a particular focus on COVID-19 and its impacts. IPC 2021 will be one of the first global population conferences to take place in the wake of the pandemic when data are becoming available to understand the pandemic's impacts across a spectrum of population, health, and socio-economic indicators that cross-cut all of the 25 conference themes. The scientific programme of IPC 2021 will be an opportunity to illuminate and discuss the population dimensions and ramifications of the pandemic and the social and economic disruptions that it has created.  


IUSSP warmly invites all those working in population and related fields to submit an abstract of recent research for presentation in an oral or poster session. We strongly encourage abstracts on all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic across the 25 themes that structure the scientific programme. We also welcome submissions that deal with inequality, discrimination, and the differential vulnerability or resilience of specific groups that affect human welfare through population processes – a topic of importance to studying the impacts of COVID-19 and persistent inequalities.


All abstracts must be submitted online via the IPC2021 website, which will open for submissions on 1 November 2020. Individuals can submit no more than 2 abstracts. The deadline for submissions is 15 February 2021.


Submissions must include a short, 200-word abstract and an extended (2-4-page) summary describing the topic, including theoretical focus, data, research methods, and expected findings.


All submissions will be reviewed by two anonymous experts on the topic area. Theme conveners will select abstracts for inclusion in the programme based on reviews and the paper's fit for sessions created in the theme.


We expect that IPC 2021 will be an on-site conference. Because of the pandemic, we are considering other options, including a virtual event, if necessary.