Special Announcements

Friday, 22 March 2019

•    PERN is pleased to announce that Raya Muttarak, Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia and a Research Scholar with the World Population program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), has agreed to serve as the chairperson of the scientific committee for 2019-2020. In addition, the scientific committee has nine new members. We wish to thank the outgoing chairperson, Landy Lisbeth Sanchez, and members Richard Bilsborrow, Dominic Kniveton, and Leo C. Zulu for their service on the scientific committee over the past four years.

•    PERN co-sponsors the Population Dynamics and Environmental Change Seminar Series in New York City with the Population Council, UN Population Division, CIESIN at Columbia University, and the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research. Seminars occur approximately every two months in the fall and spring. Anyone is welcome to attend (see announcement for the 1 April seminar below). For more information visit: https://www.popcouncil.org/news/population-dynamics-and-environmental-change-seminar-series

•    If PERN members are planning to attend the annual meetings of the American Association of Geographers (3-7 April in Washington DC) or the Population Association of America (10-13 April in Auston TX), let us know by emailing pernadmin @ciesin.columbia.edu and we will organize a meet up or outing. Co-coordinator Alex de Sherbinin is presenting during the AAG session on “Environmental Migration” Thursday 4 April at 9:55am, and co-coordinator Susana Adamo is chair of PAA session 234 on Climate Change and Population Health, and is co-author of papers in PAA session 61 on Geographic Patterns of Morbidity and Mortality and session 156 on Environmental Factors Associated with Health and Mortality. PERN is also contributing to a pre-conference workshop on demographic and environmental data integration.

•    PERN co-coordinator Alex de Sherbinin is organizing a special issue of the journal Sustainability dedicated to Vulnerability & Risk Mapping. For more information see below.