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Side Meeting at the International Population Conference in Cape Town


Seminar on:


Geospatial Demography

Combining Satellite, Survey, Census and Cellphone Data to Provide Small-area Estimates


Cape Town, South Africa, Sunday 29 October 2017, 8:30-16:00

at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town.


This seminar is organized by the IUSSP Demography & the Data Revolution working group as a preconference workshop at the International Population Conference, Cape Town, 29 October-4 November 2017.


Deadline for applications: 15 August 2017.


Seminar facilitator: Andrew Tatem (WorldPop/Flowminder, University of Southampton)


There is an increasing need for more timely and disaggregated demographic data to facilitate better use of limited resources and to monitor progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. ‘Traditional’ demographic data from censuses and surveys suffer from limitations in their timeliness and spatial detail. This seminar will focus on the use of new sources of data, in particular from satellite imagery, in complimenting these traditional sources to provide demographic data at finer spatial and temporal scales for low and middle income countries. Robust statistical methods for data integration will be introduced and approaches for building these into national statistical office capacity will be discussed.


The seminar is aimed at those from (i) national statistical offices in low and middle income countries wishing to learn more about satellite imagery and methods for its analysis in producing demographic statistics; (ii) international and national organizations focussed on the production and use of demographic data using new ‘big’ data sources; and (iii) academics interested in working with new forms of data and learning about geospatial integration methods.


Presenters and discussants will include representatives from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CIESIN, UNFPA, WorldPop/Flowminder, DFID, and National Space Agencies, amongst others.


Format: There will be a mix of presentations, panel discussions and small group demonstrations of datasets and methods for their production.


Background requirements: As the workshop will take place in English without translation, participants must be functional in English. No other specific background skills are required. The seminar aims to introduce those with backgrounds in demography to new methods at the cutting edge of satellite imagery and geospatial demography.



The number of participants in this training course is limited. An initial deadline for registering or applying for funding support has been set for 15 August 2017.

  • An online registration fee of 50 euros is required of participants from high-income countries to cover lunch and tea breaks. A reduced registration fee of 25 euros is requested from participants from low- and middle-income countries.
  • Limited financial support may be available for participants from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
  • 50% of places are reserved for applicants from low- and middle-income countries in low- and middle-income countries. 


Registrations closed