Annual Conference

The British Society for Population Studies holds an annual conference in a different venue each September. Programmes, abstracts, and reports of previous conferences can be accessed from the archive link at the bottom of the page. 

Call for innovative proposals for BSPS Conference 2019 by 25 January 2019

Cardiff University 9-11 September 2019

It is anticipated the Conference will have a theme of An ageing population: opportunities and challenges.  

Expressions of interest for organizing a strand would be very welcome from those who would be willing to solicit contributions from a wide range of sources & to allocate papers into coherent sessions. New & innovative strand suggestions would be particularly welcome. For example, in 2018 BSPS had strands on electoral geographies & telling the story in statistics, both of which were very popular.  

Regular Conference strands (the research topics BSPS uses to organize the call for papers) may include ageing; ethnicity & religion; families & households; fertility & reproductive health; health & mortality; the life course; historical demography; innovative data, methods & models; local & small area demography; migration & mobilities; posters. Ideas for innovative themes within strands may also be suggested, when they would be integrated into the suggested topics under each strand in the call for papers. These might focus on a particular methodological or substantive topic or a specific data set, but would only lead to a session within a strand if sufficient papers on the topic were submitted. 

The normal standard session format comprises a 90-minute session with 3 – 4 research presentations, but variations are possible. Innovative formats such as panels, forums, training sessions, sessions with discussant, discussions, workshops, or sessions aimed at a particular constituency (such as postgraduate students or local authority participants) would be very welcome, with the expectation that the person suggesting would be willing to be involved in the organization. Training sessions & workshops have been very popular in recent years & BSPS is keen to encourage more. Please indicate who would be expected to organize and lead the session at the Conference if it is not yourself, and confirm that those individuals have been approached and are willing to take on that work. 

Please be as specific as possible when filling in the proposal form and include any evidence you have that a new strand would attract enough submissions to form at least one session. 

All suggestions will be considered by BSPS Council at their January meeting, after which we will let you know the outcome. The call for papers will be issued in late January 2019 & all submissions will be via the online submissions site. After the close of the call for papers, strand organisers take overall responsibility for selecting suitable papers for oral or poster presentation. 

Please complete the proposal below & return to by 25 January

Conference proposal form