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 relevant link on the left.       

BSPS Conference 2017

Call for innovative session and strand proposals for BSPS Conference 2017 

University of Liverpool 6-8 September 2017

Members and non-members are invited to suggest ideas for special Conference sessions or strands (the research topics we use to organize the call for papers) for the 2017 Annual Conference.  Special sessions might focus on a particular methodological or substantive topic or a specific data set.   Although our standard session format comprises a 90-minute session with 3 – 4 research presentations, special sessions need not follow this model. 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. 

Please be as specific as possible when filling in the proposal form and include any evidence you have that a particular session would attract enough submissions to be viable. Please also indicate whether you would be willing to chair a proposed session or lead proposed training session at the Conference. 

All suggestions will be considered by BSPS Council at their mid-January meeting, after which we will get in touch to let you know the outcome.  If your proposed session is accepted for the Conference, it will be allocated to one of our strand organizers.  The call for papers will be issued in January 2017 & 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, within sessions, for oral or poster presentation. They would liaise with session organisers as appropriate.

Please complete the proposal form below & return to as an attachment

Session proposal form 2017 

Provisional timetable for 2017 Conference:

Call for session suggestions closes                                                            10 January 2017
Call for papers & posters issued                                                              mid-January 2017
Call for papers closes                                                                                    mid-April 2017 
Provisional programme issued, booking opens                                                    May 2017
Early-bird registration closes                                                                      end of July 2017
Booking closes                                                                                      end of August 2017


BSPS Low and Middle Income Countries Initiative 2017: Call for proposals 

The BSPS Low and Middle Income Countries Initiative has reserved up to £2,000 per annum for activities that encourage collaboration between population demographers in the UK and low and middle income countries. This initiative sponsors an annual visit by a demographer from a low or middle income country who gives a presentation at the BSPS Conference, where they also get the opportunity to meet and develop contacts with UK demographers. The overall aim is to encourage long-term collaboration and joint projects, and it is anticipated that contacts will already exist between the person to be funded, and a UK institution or UK demographers, & that other appropriate meetings will be arranged by the UK contact during the visitor’s stay in the UK. 

The World Bank classification will be used to exclude applications from those working in High Income countries. See:

Criteria to judge between applications will be the country’s average income, the potential to encourage collaboration between that country’s demographers and demographers in the UK, the potential for long-term collaboration and joint projects, the existence of links that can be built on, and the fulfilment of budgetary and other guidance provided by BSPS. 

Suggestions for the use of part or all of the Low and Middle Income Country funding for the year 2017 should be made by FRIDAY 20 JANUARY 2017, to for consideration by the BSPS Council at their next meeting in late January. Suggestions would be best supported by a single typed sheet with a draft budget and a note of how the visit would encourage collaboration Bids should also include a detailed timetable of the proposed activities, and should come from the UK-based sponsoring individual or institution only.