Tips for updating Member profile pages


The Membership Directory is now open to the public. Anyone can search for a member by name or find individuals by field of study, specialization, regional focus, language, or country of residence. The IUSSP Council believes this will make members’ research more visible to the public and promote networking between population scientists and researchers in other fields and disciplines. In order for the Membership Directory and Find a member search tool to fulfill this function, however, we need you to maintain and update your personal member profile page. Click on the link at the end of this article to read more on the Membership Directory and Find a Member search tool. 


Accurate personal data

It is important members update their personal data as this information appears in other areas of the IUSSP website. For instance a member’s institutional affiliation will be displayed for paper authors in the online seminar and conference programmes and in the membership directory.  


The IUSSP website provides members with a fairly complete profile page, provided members take time to complete it. This profile can include a short biography and description of current research interests, publications, fields of study and specializations, regional focus, language skills, etc. as well as a downloadable CV, a photograph and links to personal or professional websites. Members’ profiles are accessible through the Find a member search tool. A complete and attractive member profile page provides useful information on you and your work to IUSSP members and the public (See example of IUSSP President Tom LeGrand’s profile page). 


To verify that your own profile is up-to-date and attractive, log in and click the Quick Link "MyIUSSP" on the home page, then click on “View my directory profile.”  If your profile is incomplete, out-of-date, or needs editing continue reading for instructions and tips to improve the appearance of your profile page. 


To update or complete your profile, go to each section ("My details", "My Email/login", "My contact information". "My areas of specialization", "My CV"...).


The information in the first section, “My details”, is based on information from the membership application. If it is incorrect or no longer current, this is the time to update this information. You can also choose how you want your name to be displayed in the Membership Directory. By default it is First-Middle-Last Name.   


You can enter your institutional affiliation by selecting it from a list of institutions used by members. Please use the most appropriate spelling.  If your institution is not on this list, please remember to keep the name short and choose the largest entity e.g. the university or ministry rather than the department. When necessary, please indicate the country as well, e.g. Ministry of Health (Uganda).


Do not forget to click “save” at the bottom of the page before moving to another page.

The other fields of the member profile can be filled by going to the headers in the right-hand column. For instance, you can change your email in "My email/login"; you can select your areas of specialization, regional focus or working languages in “My areas of specialization”; in “My CV”, you can upload a curriculum vitae, but we also encourage you to post a short biography and list your main publications. In “My account settings”, you can also choose to not make your member profile accessible online. 


To assure an attractive profile page, please copy-paste in plain text (no formatting) and use the “WYSIWYG” formatting options in the Tool Bar to italicize, bold, or underline text.



Once you are done, click on “View my directory profile” to make sure it is displayed the way you want. 


Learn more about the Member Directory/Find a Member Search tool.