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Alyce Raybould is a PhD student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the BSPS postgraduate student representative. She attends BSPS council meetings to represent the views of BSPS student members.

She encourages all postgraduates studying population related topics to join the BSPS so that you can:

Present your work at the annual BSPS conference, with the support of student member's bursaries from the organisation.

Get involved with our ‘PhD only’ conference, PopFest. The annual conference is a friendly environment to present and receive feedback from your peers.

Engage socially and professionally with a community of young researchers, and find out more about funding and career opportunities.

If you have any questions, thoughts or ideas, please contact Alyce at or follow her on twitter @AlyceRaybould.

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How to join

Joining the BSPS could not be easier. Simply download and complete the membership form and return it to the BSPS Secretariat.



The 27th Annual Conference will be held from 28-30th May 2019 at the
London School of Economics and Political Science. For more information visit
the website: The call for papers is currently in operation with a closing date of 15 March.

 PopFest 2019 Call for papers

POPFEST is a population studies conference organised by postgraduates for postgraduates with the aim of providing a relaxed, supportive environment for students to come together to present work and discuss ideas. This is a great opportunity to meet other students studying in the same area, practice your presentation skills and get some useful feedback from your peers.

The conference provides a forum for postgraduate students studying any aspect of population in disciplines including Social Sciences, Demography, Human Geography, Social Anthropology, Social Statistics, Health, Development, Social Policy and other related fields. Presenters have an excellent opportunity to discuss their work in front of their peers and have a chance to get feedback and ideas from fellow researchers. Those not wishing to present can get an idea of the sort of research being conducted by their peers and make valuable contacts for the future.

POPFEST is an ideal spring-board for all postgraduates regardless of their stage of research providing an opportunity to practice ones presentation skills, whether as a paper or poster display, before facing more demanding academic conferences.

PopFest has survived over the past 26 years due to the support and good will of the postgraduate community and BSPS & other population-related groups. For PopFest to continue this support and enthusiasm is essential. The BSPS is very keen to ensure the development of postgraduate population research through PopFest and has confirmed its continuing support to the conference.



The annual BSPS conference

The BSPS conference is held in September. Each year the venue changes, moving around the country.

Why go

The conference is an opportunity to present work in front of a knowledgeable but friendly audience or just come along and soak up the atmosphere.

You can present either an oral presentation (with results) or a poster presentation.

Bursaries are available for postgraduate student members who present at the conference. Contact the BSPS Secretariat for more details.

It's a great place to meet people - not just other postgraduates, but you can build up contacts with academics throughout the country.

The BSPS also holds several subject specific day meetings during the year. If they are in your subject area they are worth a visit.

Read more about the BSPS annual conference.

Funding sources

Find out more in our funding for demographers page.