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IUSSP Bulletin 
 Issue 34, Dec 2016
In this issue:  IPC 2017 abstract reviews  ● Research Leader Sessions ● Call for donations for travel  ● IPC2021 host country bids ● Council elections  ● Ethicore’s recommendations to IUSSP  ● Merger of ICSU and ISSC  ● 2017 IUSSP Laureate José Miguel Guzmán  ● Call for IUSSP–Mattei Dogan Award nominations  ● Seminar on Causal Mediation Analysis in Health and Work  ● Recent publications  ● Data Revolution activities ● Regional population associations  ● News from the members ● Tips and tools for demographers  ● Other announcements ● N-IUSSP's first anniversary  ● Calls for papers ● Training opportunities ● Job opportunities ● Calendar 

The IUSSP Officers and Secretariat wish you all a happy holiday season and New Year!

International Population Conference

IPC2017 – Paper selection and next steps

Abstract submissions for the 2017 International Population Conference are now closed. We received 4,572 submissions. Authors of papers accepted on the programme will be notified on 15 April. Additional information is now available on registration, side meetings and exhibits.

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IPC2017 Research Leader Sessions

For the first time, the IUSSP is offering the opportunity for a limited number of organizations working in the population field to organize a 90-minute session as part of the regular scientific programme of the conference to highlight research on carried out or supported by their institution. The deadline to submit a proposal is 1 March 2017.

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Help provide travel support for IPC2017

The IUSSP has a long tradition of providing travel support to IUSSP members with a paper on the scientific programme who are from low- and middle-income countries and who could not otherwise attend. Help us maintain this support in 2017 by donating to the Travel fund!

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IPC2021 host country bids: deadline extension

Since the next IUSSP Council meeting is scheduled in April, the deadline to submit a bid for the 2021 International Population Conference has been extended to 15 March 2017. Please read tips on how to prepare a good proposal. (Read more)


2017 IUSSP Council elections

IUSSP Council elections will take place from 30 July to 1 October 2017. The Committee on Nominations has prepared a first list of candidates. IUSSP members are now invited to make additional nominations.

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Ethicore’s recommendations to IUSSP

Ethicore, the consulting agency hired to help the IUSSP conceive a strategy to remain sustainable in an environment marked by reduced funding, made a series of recommendations, which, along with feedback provided by the membership survey, will help the IUSSP Council develop a business plan to ensure the long-term viability.  (Read more)

Merger of ICSU and ISSC

At a landmark joint General Assembly of two leading international science councils – the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) – their members voted to merge by 2018 to form a single global entity that represents all social and natural sciences. IUSSP has been a member of ISSC since 1961 and is represented on ISSC’s Executive Committee by IUSSP member Yasuhiko Saito.  (Read more)

IUSSP Awards

José Miguel Guzmán – 2017 IUSSP Laureate

José Miguel Guzmán was elected by the IUSSP Council to be the 2017 IUSSP Laureate in recognition of his key contributions to demographic research in the area of the demographic transition in Latin America and for the great influence he exercised at the global level in areas such as applied research on policies regarding ageing as well as population and climate change linkages. The Laureate Award ceremony will take place at the IPC2017 in Cape Town. (Read more)

Call for 2017 IUSSP–Mattei Dogan Award nominations

This Award honors a scientist of high international renown for the contribution of his or her work to the development of studies of population that draw on perspectives of different disciplines and for the importance that this work has accorded to international comparisons. Deadline for Nominations: 1 March 2017. (Read more)

Reports from IUSSP seminars

Causal Mediation Analysis in Health and Work

The IUSSP Scientific Panel on Pathways to Health held a three-day training course and 1-day seminar at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany from 26 to 29 Sept 2016 entitled "Causal Mediation Analysis in Health and Work." 

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Recent Publications

(based on IUSSP seminars)

Data Revolution activities

Data Revolution events at the ALAP Congress

The IUSSP and its two Data Revolution Panels – “Big Data and Population Processes” and “Innovations for Strengthening CRVS Systems” – organized a training workshop, a side meeting, and two round tables at the 2016 ALAP/ABEP Congress in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. 

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'Big Data' workshop at SocInfo 2016

The IUSSP Panel on Big Data and Population Processes organized a research workshop on “Web, Social Media, and Cellphone Data for Demographic Research” on 14 November 2016 at the 8th International Conference on Social Informatics in Bellevue (Seattle), United States. 

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Record Linkage and Data Integration

The IUSSP Scientific Panel on Innovations for Strengthening CRVS Systems organized a session on “Advancing the Data Revolution through Record Linkage and Data Integration” on 6 Dec. 2016 at the 15th Conference of the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS), in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). (Read more)

Regional population associations

2016 ALAP & ABEP Congress in Foz do Iguaçu

The IUSSP organized several activities on the Data Revolution and had an exhibit booth at the joint Congress of the Latin American Population Association (ALAP) and Brazilian Population Association (ABEP), in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, 17-22 October 2016.

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European Population Conference 2018

The next European Population Conference will convene at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, Belgium, from 6 to 9 June 2018. Reserve the dates! 

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News from the members

UN Population Award – acceptance speech by Carmen Barroso

Carmen Barroso, IUSSP member and Regional Director of International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), was awarded the 2016 United Nations Population Award.

(Read her acceptance speech)

John Caldwell Memorial Lecture at IASSH

The Indian Association for Social Sciences and Health (IASSH) organized the First Prof. John Caldwell Memorial Lecture at Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune on 24th Sept. 2016, during its 14th Annual Conference. Eminent Demographer Prof. K. Srinivasan (former Director, IIPS) delivered the lecture.  (Read here)

Members' new publications

Recently added:  

  • Realidades y falacias en torno al aborto : salud y derechos humanos, by Susana Lerner, Agnès Guillaume, and Lucia Melgar.
  • Maternidad en adolescentes y desigualdad social en Uruguay, coordinated by Alejandra López Gómez and Carmen Varela Petito.

(See list)

New IUSSP members

Eighteen new members and 46 new student associates joined the IUSSP since September 2016.

(See list)

Tips and tools for demographers

This new section aims to highlight tips and tools members use to help them in their professional lives – be it teaching demography, research collaboration, or analysis and presentation of data. We invite you to share any tips or tools you use with your colleagues across the globe, especially online open source tools that are accessible to members all over the world.  These tools can be software, documents, videos, a blog.  

GitHub for Collaboration

Using GitHub, researchers can collaborate and share all aspects of a project (written drafts, code, output, etc.) within a version-controlled environment. Adding GitHub to your workflow increases research reproducibility and supports non-linear development such as pursuing supplementary projects based on data from the main analysis.

(Read more) is a website set up by Griffith Feeney, a long-time IUSSP member. The website archives resources and links useful to demographers and statisticians. Griff Feeney also writes an occasional email-letter on demography, statistics, and information technology entitled “DSITL”, which is archived on this website. The most recent letter is on Life Table Basics. (Read more)

Other announcements

European Doctoral School of Demography

The European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD) is an eleven-month program that is offered every year, with the goal to provide students in the first year of their doctoral studies with an appropriate high-level education in demography. The School does not charge fees. Its working language is English. In 2017-18, the School will be held at two different locations, in Rostock (Germany) and Odense (Denmark). Application deadline for the next school year: 15 March 2017.

Summer Fellowships in Austria: IIASA YSSP

Every summer from 1 June to 31 August, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) hosts up to 50 doctoral students from around the world in its Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP). Each YSSP participant works on a topic related to his or her PhD thesis and to IIASA’s own research agenda, the goal being to write a publishable paper. All YSSP participants are personally mentored by IIASA senior scientists. Deadline for applications: 11 January 2017.

International Executive Short Courses – IHSP

The International Health Systems Program (IHSP) at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health announces its 2017 training program designed for senior officials and policymakers. Its aim is to strengthen the capacity of health system practitioners from middle and lower income countries to improve the performance of their health systems. 

  • Strengthening Human Resources for Health, 12-22 June 2017
  • Making Decentralization Work: Tools for Health Policy Makers and Managers, 7-17 Aug 2017
  • Improving the Quality of Health Services, 2-12 Oct 2017

New Master of Demography at ANU

The Australian National University’s new Master of Demography is now taking enrolments for 2017. The degree will equip students with cutting-edge skills in demographic techniques, research and writing. Graduates will emerge with the skills to undertake demographic analysis and apply these to societal issues. Deadline for applications: 17 December 2016 for International students and 20 January 2017 for Australian citizens.

Technical notes for 2020 round of censuses

The U.S. Census Bureau released two new documents in its series of technical notes titled Select Topics in International Censuses. The new documents focus on census publicity and mobile data capture. These join previously released briefs on geospatial technology and measuring maternal mortality.


N-IUSSP's first anniversary

N-IUSSP celebrated its first anniversary on November 2nd. Fifty-five articles have been published and, according to the membership survey, they appear to be greatly appreciated by many IUSSP members. IUSSP’s partnership with Neodemos was extended for another year and the N-IUSSP Editorial Committee strongly encourages members to submit articles for publication.

N-IUSSP's recent articles

  • Gender quotas beat Italy’s “male gerontocracy”, by Giulia Ferrari, Valeria Ferraro, Paola Profeta and Chiara Pronzato.
  • Demographic dividend in Africa: macro- and micro-economic effects, by Michel Garenne
  • The geography of female-breadwinner and equal-income couples in Europe, by Agnese Vitali and Bruno Arpino.
  • The 21st century – the century of centenarians, by George W Leeson.
  • Demography vs ethnography (or Understanding AIDS in Malawi), by Susan Cotts Watkins.
  • Beyond mothers who father: the study of female headship, by Chia Liu.
  • Are population policies effective?, by Jacques Vallin.
  • What stops parents from having a second child?, by Francesca Luppi.
  • Demographic data are inadequate for many older Africans, by Ernestina Coast and Sara Randall.
  • The shrinking population of Europe, ageing and productivity, by Massimo Livi Bacci.
  • Loneliness among seniors in Europe. Far higher risk in the East, by Thomas Hansen and Britt Slagsvold.


Other calls for papers

  • Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Special Issue: The Social and Economic Costs of Gender-Based Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa: Causes, Implications, and Policy Directions. Deadline for submissions: 31 Jan 2017.
  • Nordic Demographic Symposium 2017, Turku (Åbo), Finland, 14-16 June 2017. Deadline for submissions: 1 Feb 2017.
  • 25th Annual Postgraduate Population Studies Conference (PopFest), Stockholm, Sweden, 31 May-2 June 2017. Deadline for submissions:  3 Feb 2017.
  • Similarities and peculiarities on the way to longer life in human populations. The 4th Human Mortality Database Symposium, Berlin,  Germany, 22-23 May 2017. Deadline for submissions: 19 Feb 2017.

Training opportunities

  • Hands-on Workshop on Modelling and Projecting Sub-national Population Trends, Shanghai, China. 7-11 April 2017. Deadline for applications: 31 Dec 2016.
  • Summer Fellowships in Austria: IIASA YSSP, Laxenburg, Austria, 1 June-1 August 2017. Deadline for applications: 11 Jan 2017.
  • European Doctoral School of Demography 2017-18, Odense, Denmark, September 2017-July 2018; Deadline for applications: 15 March 2017.

Job opportunities

Employment announcements

  • PhD Studentships in Demography/Population Studies, London School of Economics. Deadline for Applications: 19 Dec 2016;
  • Senior Research and Evaluation Officer, Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation. Deadline for Applications: 31 Dec 2016.
  • Faculty Positions – Demography and Family Studies in National University of Singapore. Deadline for Applications: 16 Jan 2017.
  • 2 Assistant or Associate Professors in Demography, Shanghai University. Deadline for Applications: 28 Feb 2017.

Research grants/fellowships/post docs

  • Graduate Assistantships/Fellowships, Michigan State University. Deadline for applications: 31 Dec 2016.
  • Visiting scholars and one postdoctoral fellow, Center for Health Trends and Forecasts, University of Washington. Deadline for applications: 31 Dec 2016.
  • Internship Opportunity at the UN Global Pulse Lab, Jakarta, Indonesia. Deadline for applications: 31 Dec 2016.
  • Sociology/Demography Postdoctoral Scholar Position, University of Western Ontario. Deadline for applications: 16 Jan 2017
  • 2 Postdoctoral Researchers Demography, Shanghai University. Deadline for applications: 28 Feb 2017.


Forthcoming IUSSP meetings & events

  • IUSSP Seminar on Urban Health Transformations. Cambridge, United Kingdom, 11-12 Jul 2017.
  • International Population Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, 29 Oct-4 Nov 2017.

Other forthcoming conferences

  • Applied Demography Conference, San Antonio (Texas), United States, 11-13 Jan 2017.
  • Annual Bhopal Seminar 2017, Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), India, 18-20 Jan 2017.
  • International Workshop on Health and Labour Policy Evaluation (HLPE), Paris, France, 1-3 Feb 2017.
  • The Fertility of Migrants and Minorities, Hannover, Germany, 6-8 Feb 2017.
  • 12th edition of the Population Days: Meeting of the Italian Association for Population Studies (Sis-Aisp), Florence, Italy, 8-10 Feb 2017.
  • RC28 Spring Meeting 2017, Cologne, Germany, 30 Mar-1 Apr 2017.
  • XVIII April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development, Moscow, Russia, 11-14 Apr 2017.
  • 2017 PAA Annual Meeting, Chicago, United States, 27-29 Apr 2017.
  • Similarities and peculiarities on the way to longer life in human populations. The 4th Human Mortality Database Symposium, Berlin, Germany, 22-23 May 2017.
  • 25th Annual Postgraduate Population Studies Conference (PopFest), Stockholm, Sweden, 31 May-2 Jun 2017.
  • 4th Annual International Conference on Demography and Population Studies, Athens, Greece, 12-15 Jun 2017.
  • Nordic Demographic Symposium 2017, Turku (Åbo), Finland, 14-16 Jun 2017.
  • EAPS Health, Morbidity, and Mortality workshop on the theme of "Historical and contemporary trends in morbidity and mortality", Novosibirsk, Russia, 19-21 Jul 2017.
  • European Population Conference 2018, Brussels, Belgium, 6-9 Jun 2018.

Submit your announcements

Feel free to share news from your institution and region so that we can keep all IUSSP members informed about recent or forthcoming events and opportunities in the population field. IUSSP members are welcome to submit information on conferences, job openings, post-doctoral positions, and research grants for inclusion in the newsletter and IUSSP website. Please send the information to and remember to include important dates for application deadlines (and photos when appropriate). Information should be sent by email or in a Word document so that it can be edited. For inclusion in the next Bulletin, please send information by 1 March 2017. We look forward to hearing from you soon. 

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