IPC2021 sessions viewable online
XXIX International Population Conference, 5-10 December 2021
IUSSP successfully organized its first virtual International Population Conference. Feedback from attendees on the scientific quality and organization of the conference has been excellent. For the first time in the history of the International Population Conference, all IUSSP members and student associates can now view the session recordings online. For more information on how to access the platform, read here.
The virtual conference platform leaves a legacy of 206 recorded sessions (300 hours of video), over 300 posters and 24 sponsor exhibits. It offers a wealth of recent scientific research, debate and discussion on population issues from around the globe that members can view and use for research and teaching. The sessions and posters are searchable by theme, author, or keyword, making it easy to find sessions and presentations on topics of interest.
The platform also provides exhaustive and detailed information on attendee participation, some of which is summarized below.
To help you sift through the enormous offerings, we recently asked IPC2021 chairs to highlight sessions they would recommend because of the quality of the research presented and the discussion that followed. The list of sessions below focuses on regular sessions on the scientific programme created from the Call for Papers. If a session you participated in is not included but merits attention, communicate this to your network of colleagues.
IPC2021 Chairs highly recommended sessions to check out on video:
In addition, the chairs mentioned six special invited sessions they recommended others should view:
Of course, the range of excellent sessions is broad, so do browse the conference website. The invited sessions created by the International Organizing Committee, IUSSP Panel sessions, UNFPA sponsored sessions, India Day sessions and Research Leader sessions all merit special attention.
Most viewed sessions:
The virtual conference platform provides good information on session attendance and views. Live session attendance varied between 2 and 96 participants, with an average of 30 participants. The possibility to view the sessions afterwards increased the average to 35 individuals viewing the session live or as a recording between 6 and 22 December, before all IUSSP members were given access to the virtual platform.
The sessions with the largest live and video audience were:
The session with the highest number of video views is:
In addition, there are many excellent posters to be visited in the poster gallery. Posters are by no means second rate – the organizing committee assigned excellent papers to posters that conveners could not fit into a session for reasons of timeslot or topic. Highlighted here are five posters selected as the best poster of the day. There are many more to visit in the poster gallery – some of which even include short video presentations.
Best Poster Awards:
Over 1,300 people registered to attend the conference. Of those, 1,221 individuals participated in the live sessions. Fifty-eight per cent attended between one and three sessions (31% attended only one session, likely the session where they made their presentation). Another 28% participated in four to nine live sessions, and 14% attended ten or more sessions.
According to the participant survey, many people who would otherwise not have attended the in-person conference in Hyderabad could participate. While appreciating the virtual platform, many also expressed disappointment that it was not an in-person conference where they would have attended more sessions and had more opportunities to meet new colleagues and exchange with old colleagues informally. While the Gather.Town live poster sessions offered opportunities for impromptu meetings between attendees, many participants did not visit the Gather.Town platform. As the joint population associations' session 70 on "COVID-19 and Early Academic Careers in Population Studies" revealed, young scholars just starting their careers have suffered from the lack of face-to-face contact with colleagues and mentors so crucial to launching their scholarly careers. This group especially benefits from in-person conferences like the International Population Conference.
Virtual conferences are excellent for disseminating research to a broad audience; they are less effective at creating and nurturing bonds between colleagues from different world regions. While virtual events will likely become a staple IUSSP activity, we very much hope that IPC2025 in Brisbane, Australia, will be an in-person conference, with some hybrid or virtual events.
The Secretariat is still sifting through the conference platform and the conference survey data. In March, we will post a full conference report and evaluation on the website.