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IUSSP Laureate: new criteria and call for 2020 nominations


Each year the IUSSP honours one of its members by bestowing its Laureate Award. The IUSSP Laureate Award was established in 1991 to recognize the life-time achievements of outstanding IUSSP members. Contributions to the advancement of population sciences and distinguished service rendered to the IUSSP are considered when bestowing the award. The IUSSP membership nominates candidates for this award and the IUSSP Council selects the successful candidate by secret ballot after careful review of each candidate’s dossier and testimonials.


New and more inclusive criteria

Considering that the criteria for the Laureate Award were onerous and no longer fully reflect today’s realities, the Council decided to adjust the criteria and make them more inclusive. To be eligible for consideration, an individual must now :


  • Have been a member of the IUSSP for at least 10 years (rather than 20 years) and currently be a member.
  • Be nominated by five or more IUSSP members from different countries; self-nominations will not be considered. 
  • Members of the current Council may not be nominated for the Laureate award, but members of previous Councils, including Honorary Presidents, are eligible (they used to be excluded).

Nominated candidates remain eligible for the award for a period of 4 years (rather than 2 years).


Nominations for the 2020 IUSSP Laureate Award are invited and should be sent to the Executive Director of the IUSSP by 1 November 2019.


An overview of Laureates and more information can be found at: