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IUSSP Bulletin ● Issue 50, Dec 2020
In this issue: PopPov2020 – IUSSP’s first virtual conference ● IPC2021 Updates ● IUSSP 2021 Elections ● Demography & the Data Revolution ● IUSSP at ALAP ● International Migration activities ● International Conference on Family and Fertility ● Family Demography and Family Law ● Contraceptive Transition Theories ● Interventions in RH involving men or couples ● IUSSP Webinar Series ● News from the members ● Obituaries ● Regional population associations ● Other announcements ● N-IUSSP ● Calls for papers ● Training opportunities ● Job opportunities ● Calendar
Warmest wishes for the holidays and hope for a better New Year!
This year has been a challenge for all of us, with travel plans and in-person meetings cancelled and work for many of us moved online. The IUSSP converted many 2020 meetings into virtual events and created a new webinar series that is reaching a larger and more diverse audience than our in-person events achieved in the past. We hope that the holiday break will provide you time for relaxation and renewal, and perhaps to enjoy watching some of our recent webinars or conferences. We hope that all of you will also plan to join us in December 2021 for the International Population Conference. As 2020 ends, the IUSSP Officers and Secretariat wish you and your family a safe and healthy holiday and brighter days for the New Year, with the hope that someday soon we can all put away our masks and again enjoy each other’s company in person.
The IUSSP organized its first virtual conference on 8-10 December with the 2nd IUSSP Research Conference on Population, Poverty and Inequality (PopPov 2020). The conference included 3 live plenary sessions, 18 sessions featuring 59 pre-recorded paper presentations, and 3 poster sessions, 9 exhibitors... (Read more)
International Population Conference
Planning for IPC 2021 is ramping up. Read about plans for a virtual IPC, especially useful for those planning to submit to the Call for Papers. Deadline is 15 May 2021.
Demography & the Data Revolution
Between 2014 and 2020, IUSSP delivered a work programme furthering links between demography and data science. As project funding provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for IUSSP Data Revolution activities winds down, IUSSP engaged the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) to qualitatively review the project to inform future strategy resulting in a report, a webinar and a Blog.
To what degree did the project forge links between demography and data sciences and strengthen demographers’ capacity to conduct cutting-edge research on data for development. This report draws on evidence from 27 interviews with IUSSP members, demographers and data scientists, students and CSO representatives involved in data revolution activity.
This webinar brought together population scientists and those engaged in the data revolution to discuss the contributions of demographers and population scientists. Speakers include Ruth Levine, Sam Clark, Claire Melamed, Tom Moultrie, Vissého Adjiwanou, Emmanuel Letouzé, Tom LeGrand, Emma Samman and Louise Shaxson.
This blog published by ODI Insights (18 December 2020) features an interview by Louise Shaxson (ODI) with Vissého Adjiwanou (Université du Québec à Montréal) and Tom Moultrie (University of Cape Town) to discuss where the global data community stands on addressing the data divide 5 years after the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
IUSSP at ALAP
The IUSSP actively participated in the virtual IX Conference of the Latin American Population Association (ALAP) with a virtual exhibit and four sessions, 3 of which were organized by IUSSP including a round table on Rethinking training in demography for the 21st Century.
IUSSP Panel Activities
The Panel on International Migration pursued its activities to promote a World Migration Survey, holding a session at the Online African School on Migration Statistics and a round table at the ALAP conference. The Panel also organized a webinar on research priorities in international migration and the implications of the COVID pandemic.
The Panel on Family Behaviour in East Asia and Southern Europe organized a conference on Family and Fertility on 3-5 December 2020. The conference opened with a keynote speech by Professor Ron Lesthaeghe on regional and temporal variation in the prevalence and nature of non-marital cohabitation around the world. The videos of the sessions can be viewed online.
The Panel on Family Demography and Family Law replaced its original plan for a two-day in-person seminar in Montreal with a series of virtual sessions spread out across the time zones and held between 28 October and 16 December 2020. The videos of the sessions can be viewed online.
The Panel on Contraceptive Transition Theories held 3 virtual expert group meetings on 16, 23, and 30 October 2020, as a first step toward achieving its ultimate goal, which is to try to produce a relatively unified explanatory framework on contraceptive uptake.
The Panel on Couples' Reproductive Health and Fertility organized a virtual meeting on 10 November 2020 on "Programmatic Interventions in Reproductive Health Involving Men or Couples", with presentations by Karen Hardee, Aishwarya Sahay, Anita Raj, Anne Laterra, Kexin Zhang and Ilene Speizer as discussant.
IUSSP Webinar Series
The IUSSP organized a webinar on 24 November 2020 on "Demography and the Data Revolution: lessons learned and the way forward", with speakers Vissého Adjiwanou, Sam Clark, Claire Melamed, Tom Moultrie, Emmanuel Letouzé and moderated by Louise Shaxson and Ruth Levine.
The Panel on International Migration hosted a webinar on 5 November 2020 on "Priorities in research on international migration and mobilities: Implications of the COVID pandemic and its legacies." The WorldPop team's presentation on “Assessing the effects of travel and contact reductions to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic and resurgence” was followed by a lively discussion.
The Panel on Digital Demography hosted a live Q&A webinar on 19 October 2020 for the session it organized on "Innovative use of Social Media for Remote Sensing and SDG Monitoring" as part of the UN World Data Forum.
News from the members
Thirteen new members and 136 new Student Associates joined the IUSSP between 1 September and 1 December 2020.
Lee-Jay Cho, eminent demographer and economist, passed away October 31, 2020, in Honolulu, Hawaii. His research interests included regional economic development in East Asia and population policy and demography.
José Alberto Magno de Carvalho, a beloved Professor of Demography for more than 50 years, who served on the IUSSP Council as Vice President (1994-1997) and President (1998-2001), died on Oct. 27, 2020.
We learned of the passing on 4 October 2020 of Léon Tabah at the age of 97. He joined the IUSSP in 1949 , chaired the IUSSP Committee on Economics and Demography between 1969 and 1974, editing the 1975 IUSSP 2 volume book on Growth and Economic Development in the Third World. He was also a member of the Committee on Interaction Between Demographic Variables and Income Distribution (1979-1984), and he served as an IUSSP Council Member from 1985 to 1989.
Regional population associations
The Population Association of America (PAA) 2021 Annual Meeting will be organized entirely as a virtual conference on 5-8 May 2021. Visit the PAA website.
Due to the recent global pandemic, the Asian Population Association has decided to hold its 5th APA Conference as a 3-day virtual conference on 20-22 July 2021. Detailed information will be announced later on the APA website.
The 9th Congress of the Latin American Population Association (ALAP) was held virtually 9-11 December 2020. Its general theme was "The role of population studies after the Covid-19 pandemic and the challenge of equality in Latin America and the Caribbean". More than 500 researchers took part in the event, which included over 300 communications presented in 107 sessions including round tables, thematic sessions, and workshops. You may still visit the scientific programme and download the papers presented. You will also find more content on the congress website and the recording of some of the main activities on ALAP's YouTube channel.
The 8th APC took place in Entebbe, Uganda 18-22 November 2019, hosted by the Government of Uganda under the auspices of the National Population Council (NPC) of Uganda. This report provides an overview of the conference organization, scientific program, participants and financial support.
Register now to participate in ICFP's Not without FP Forum, on 2-3 February 2021. This virtual gathering will serve as a platform to discuss COVID-19’s impact on the FP and RH community, as well as FP’s essential role in universal health coverage. It will also serve as a springboard toward the in-person ICFP in Pattaya City, Thailand, 8-11 November 2021.
Special Issue Call for Papers : Ageing and Health in the Era of Longevity. Special Issue Editors: Jiehua Lu (Peking University)，Tianji Cai (University of Macau) and Qiushi Feng (National University of Singapore)
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