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IUSSP International Population Conference (IPC 2021)

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The IUSSP International Population Conference is the world’s largest international scientific conference on population and demography. The conference brings together researchers, policymakers and practitioners from diverse disciplines and from across the globe, to present and discuss the latest research on a broad range of contemporary population issues.

At the invitation of the Indian Association for the Study of Population (IASP), the 29th International Population Conference (IPC2021) was to take place entirely in Hyderabad, India from 5-10 December 2021. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, IPC2021 will now be a hybrid conference, with a small number of in-person sessions in India, while most sessions will be virtual.  

The virtual conference is an opportunity to offer around-the-clock sessions to enable participants from around the world to present new research and meet with colleagues. All sessions will be available on-demand as video recordings. Opportunities to meet, discuss and interact virtually with colleagues will be provided. In-person sessions in Hyderabad will be streamed and available online, and will include the opening ceremony and India day sessions. Arrangements are being made for those interested in attending the sessions onsite in Hyderabad.

The Conference is open to all members of the population community and draws upon experts from many disciplines working in research, teaching, governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as the private sector. Institutions working in the population field are encouraged to organise exhibits, side meetings, training workshops or sponsored research sessions.

The Conference will include oral presentations and posters selected from research submitted to the call for papers. There will also be keynotes, plenary sessions, debates and panel discussions featuring leading experts in the field.

IPC 2021 will include a particular focus on COVID-19 and its impacts and provides an exceptional venue for population scientists to assess the pandemic’s impacts across population, health and socio-economic dimensions cutting across the 25 conference themes.  

Other cross-cutting topics include:

  • Environmental Degradation and Climate Change
  • Regional Population Growth and Decline 
  • Population Ageing and the first and second demographic dividends
  • Inequalities and Systemic Disadvantages related to socioeconomic status, gender, religion and culture
  • Urban Demography
  • Innovations in Data and Methods, including Big Data (social media, digital trace, remote sensing).

IPC 2021 is organized jointly by the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population and the host country, India, where the National Organising Committee is led by the Indian Association for the Study of Population (IASP). 


We warmly invite all researchers and policy makers working in population and related fields to submit an abstract of your recent research for presentation in an oral or poster session.  

The scientific programme of the Conference will be created from abstracts submitted to the Call for Papers by the 15 May 2021 deadline. IPC 2021 is a general population conference, and research in all relevant thematic areas and from a wide range of disciplines is welcome. All abstracts must be submitted online via the IPC2021 submission website selecting one of the conference themes that is closest to the topic of the paper as well as one or more keywords to help assign the abstract to appropriate reviewers. Individuals can submit no more than 2 abstracts.

The Conference Organizers have added COVID-19 and its impact as a cross-cutting theme of the conference. We encourage submissions on any aspect of the pandemic including, for example, measuring its effects and the social and economic disruptions that it has and will create: discrimination and a possible sharpening of inequities, and the differential vulnerability or resilience of specific groups that affect human welfare through population processes. Those submitting abstracts relating to the pandemic may submit to any of the 25 conference themes selecting COVID-19 as a key word.

To help schedule the online sessions, submitters will be asked to indicate the time-zone in which they will be at the time of their presentation. If their paper is selected, they will be expected to make themselves available at a reasonable hour (between 8:00 and 20:00 in their local time) and will have the option to select additional, earlier or later time slots when they are able to present (which will help in creating interregional sessions). 

Submissions must include a short, 200-word abstract and an extended (2-4-page) summary describing the topic including the theoretical focus, data, research methods, and expected findings. All submissions will be reviewed by 2 anonymous experts on the topic area. Theme conveners will select abstracts for inclusion in the programme, based on these reviews and the studies’ relevance/appropriateness for sessions created in the theme. 


Website open for submissions: 1 March 2021
Deadline for submissions:15 May 2021
Deadline to submit Sponsored Research Leader Session propositions15 September 2021 
Author notification for papers and posters 15 September 2021 
Website opens for Conference Registration and financial assistance applications 15 September 2021 
Deadline for presenting authors to register to confirm programme slots 15 October  2021 
Expiration of reduced early bird registration fee 1 November 2021
Conference Opening Ceremony5 December 2021


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