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IPC 2021 Scientific Programme



The 2021 International Population Conference will be completely virtual, taking place 5-10 December, with regular sessions starting on 6 December.


The IPC2021 International Organizing Committee (IOC) approved the preliminary scientific programme at its virtual meeting on 7-8 September. The draft Scientific Programme includes 181 sessions and 790 papers across 26 themes that conveners created from submissions to the Call for Papers. In addition, 500 papers will be presented as posters, which will be on display in a poster gallery for the duration of the conference and have dedicated poster sessions in a Gather.Town poster hall where participants can meet and discuss with the poster authors and other conference attendees. 


The conference will also include Research Leader Sessions and a series of invited keynotes, debates, round-tables and panel discussions. Leading researchers will speak on critical issues facing the field and the world, focusing on challenges, such as climate change, where demographic data and analysis will be vital to developing evidence-informed policy. 


The conference platform will open before 5 December to allow attendees to review and select sessions to bookmark in their calendar. Live sessions will start on 6 December with over 18 hours of daily programming beginning at 2:00 GMT/UTC and ending at 23:30 GMT/UTC. So, no matter what part of the globe you are joining from, you should find a session taking place at a reasonable hour. Sessions will include pre-recorded (and therefore glitch-free) presentations, followed by live discussion and Q & A.  An informal meet-the-author discussion will follow each live session.  All sessions will be video recorded and available shortly after and for up to one month after the conference – so if you miss a session or it is not at a convenient time, you can always watch it later.


If you submitted an abstract to IPC2021 and have not received a notice, log in to and go to the switchboard to see the status of your paper.  You should register before 15 October to secure your paper’s slot on the programme. As soon as we have confirmed the majority of session chairs, we will schedule the programme.  


If you do not have a paper on the programme, take advantage of this first virtual International Population Conference.  To encourage broad attendance, the IOC has decided to offer a much-reduced conference registration fee for attendees who are not presenting authors of a paper or poster. The fee ranges from 20 euro for IUSSP student associates and members in low- and middle-income countries and 50 euros for members in high-income countries to 75 euros for non-members; it will be available after 15 October (see registration).


Also, consider sharing the experience with students and colleagues. Become a conference hub holding a “watch party” projecting sessions on a large screen for all to follow.  


The final programme for IPC2021 will be available after 1 November. The final content will depend on the number of presenting authors who register to confirm their paper’s slot on the programme before 15 October. In the meantime, check out the preliminary programme. 


We hope you all join the virtual IPC2021 in December.