Events Calendar listings

2021 International Population Conference (IPC2021)

Conference date(s): 05 December 2021 - 10 December 2021

The IUSSP organizes the International Population Conference once every four years in a different country, in collaboration with a host country institution. This major international event draws some 2,000 population scholars, policy makers, and government officials from around the world to discuss the latest population research and debate pressing global and regional population issues.

IUSSP warmly invites all those working in population and related fields to submit an abstract of recent research for presentation in an oral or poster session. We strongly encourage abstracts on all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic across the 25 themes that structure the scientific programme. We also welcome submissions that deal with inequality, discrimination, and the differential vulnerability or resilience of specific groups that affect human welfare through population processes – a topic of importance to studying the impacts of COVID-19 and persistent inequalities.

We expect that IPC 2021 will be an on-site conference. Because of the pandemic, we are considering other options, including a virtual event, if necessary.

All abstracts must be submitted online via the IPC2021 website, which will open for submissions on 1 November 2020. Individuals can submit no more than 2 abstracts. 

The deadline for submissions is 15 February 2021.

For more information, see

Location: India

Call for papers. IUSSP – International Population Conference 2021 (IPC 2021)

Conference date(s): 05 December 2021 - 10 December 2021

The International Population Conference 2021 (IPC 2021) scheduled to take place in Hyderabad, India, will go on but will now have a completely different format. Instead of being a fully “live” onsite conference, IPC 2021 will be hybrid, most likely a combination of several in-person sessions in India, while most sessions will be virtual. IPC 2021 will run on and around 5-10 December 2021.  

If you are working in population and related fields, you are warmly invited to submit an abstract of recent research for presentation in an oral or poster session. All abstracts must be submitted online via the IPC2021 website, which is scheduled to open for submissions on 01 March 2021. Individuals can submit no more than 2 abstracts. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 15 May 2021.

Submissions must include a short, 200-word abstract and an extended (2-4-page) summary describing the topic including 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 reviews and the paper’s relevance/ appropriateness for sessions created in the theme.

Population and Environment is one of the conference’s themes.

For more information on the IPC 2021, please see the Call for Papers.

Location: Virtual and Onsite , India

Call for Articles by the Forced Migration Review - Climate Crisis and Displacement: from Commitment to Action

Submission deadline: 25 October 2021

In 2008, the first Forced Migration Review (FMR) issue focusing on climate change and displacement was published. This issue explored the potential impact of climate change on people’s mobility and the tension between the need for research and the need to act. Thirteen years on, the debate should no longer be about the need to act but about how to act. There is now a range of high-level commitments, policy instruments, stakeholder partnerships, and mechanisms to provide guidance for international actors on how to avert, minimize and address internal and cross-border displacement related to the adverse effects of climate change.  

In March 2022, FMR will publish an issue debating how to strengthen action by international, regional and national actors in light of these frameworks and commitments – that is, how to move from commitment to action. The deadline for submissions is 25 October 2021.

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Registrations open for WHO Global School on Refugee and Migrant Health (Virtual)

Conference date(s): 25 October 2021 - 29 October 2021

The WHO Health and Migration Programme is pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the Second WHO Global School on Refugee and Migrant Health “Sharing country experiences on health and migration” taking place in in virtual format on Zoom on 25-29 October 2021, every day from 2 to 3.30 PM CEST and streamed from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, host of the event:

This year the Global School will focus on country experiences in addressing the health needs and rights of refugees and migrants. Challenges and achievements in ensuring inclusive and sustainable health services for refugees and migrants will be discussed through five modules delivered over five consecutive days (one module a day), each dedicated to a specific aspect of refugee and migrant health:

    Day 1: Refugee- and migrant-sensitive health systems
    Day 2: Public health and migration during COVID-19 pandemic
    Day 3: Public health aspects of mental health among refugees and migrants
    Day 4: Health promotion to improve the health and well-being of refugees and migrants
    Day 5: Financing health care for refugees and migrants

High-level keynote speeches, lectures from international experts, presentations of relevant research studies, interactive Q&A sessions, and live panel discussions will feature in the programme, as well as the screening of a series of reportage from different settings presenting the state of the health challenges for refugees and migrants and the responses on the ground.

The School will be open to everyone, but is particularly aimed at policy-makers, health sector managers and officers working at different levels within ministries in charge of the interior, labour, social affairs, foreign affairs, health and education. Researchers, people from academia, representatives of nongovernmental organizations and journalists are also welcome to join.

The School aims to build competency on public health aspects of migration through the provision of knowledge exchange and information sharing opportunities, and the promotion of evidence-informed and best practice interventions on health and migration. Its overarching goal is to contribute to reducing excess mortality and morbidity among migrants, refugees and hosting populations, by advancing globally the implementation of the WHO Global Action Plan ‘Promoting the health of refugees and migrants’ and the health component in the ‘Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration’.

More updated information can be found at the event’s webpage: WHO Global School on Refugee and Migrant Health

Location: Virtual,

UN World Data Forum

Conference date(s): 03 October 2021 - 06 October 2021

The registration to access the online event platform for the United Nations World Data Forum 2021, scheduled to take place from 3 - 6 October 2021 in Bern, Switzerland is now open.  

The UN World Data Forum brings together data and statistical experts and users from governments, civil society, the private sector, donor and philanthropic bodies, international and regional agencies, the geospatial community, the media, academia and professional bodies. Data experts and users gather to spur data innovation, mobilize high-level political and financial support for data, and build a pathway to better data for sustainable development.

See full programme here.

Register here

Location: Switzerland

Population Association of America - Annual Population Conference – PAA2022 – Call for papers

Submission deadline: 26 September 2021

The call for paper for the PAA 2022 Annual Meeting is now open, more information in this link: Call for Papers is available. This will be a full in person meeting.

Authors are asked to submit both: a) a short abstract (150 words); and b) either an extended abstract (2-4 pages, including tables) or a completed paper. Authors may modify their submissions at any time until September 26, 2021. Extended abstracts must be sufficiently detailed to allow the session organizer to judge the merits of the paper. Typically, extended abstracts consist of a statement of the research question (and the underlying theory, if appropriate), the data and research methods, and preliminary findings.

Deadline: September 26, 2021 (midnight EDT)

Location: United States of America

Webinar: Population and Environmental Change

Event date(s): 23 September 2021 - 24 September 2021

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is arranging a symposium around the theme “Population and Environmental Change”, to take place on September 23 and 24, 2021. Five invited speakers from different disciplines will present the latest advances on the interactions between human populations and the environment. The symposium will end with a panel discussion, where the panellists comment on and discuss the formal presentations.

Invited speakers:

•    Professor Lori Hunter, University of Colorado, USA.
•    Professor Leiwen Jiang, Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI), Shanghai University, China and Population Council, USA.
•    Professor Eric Lambin, Stanford University, USA and University of Louvain, Belgium.
•    Professor Wolfgang Lutz, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, OeAW, University of Vienna), Austria.
•    Professor Karen Seto, Yale University, USA.
For more information, see

Register for the webinar

Location: Virtual,

Code Red: Vulnerability to Extreme Heat, Floods, and Displacement, Online Panel

Event date(s): 22 September 2021

Climate change is here already, but impacting different regions and groups differently. Mapping humanity’s present and future vulnerability to extreme heat, flooding, displacement, and other changes is vital to effective adaptation and greater resilience.

In his statement on the recent findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), UN Secretary-General António Guterres declared a “Code Red for Humanity,” highlighting that climate change is already affecting every world region and putting billions at immediate risk from evolving climate hazards. Extreme heat, flooding, and other climate impacts affect everyone, but many are especially vulnerable due to their livelihoods, location, poverty, and other factors. Climate change is expected to increase migration between countries, and displacement within countries, in the coming decades. Better data and understanding of patterns of vulnerability, and the ability to forecast impacts, are critical to efforts to adapt to a changing climate, increase societal resilience, and strengthen environmental justice, leaving no one behind. CIESIN scientists Cascade Tuholske, Carolynne Hultquist, and Alex de Sherbinin will highlight recent work on mapping extreme heat in urban areas, assessing social vulnerability to flooding, and modeling climate-induced population displacement. These efforts aim to provide decision makers and other stakeholders around the world with the data and tools needed to improve and accelerate adaptation to climate change.

Register here.

Location: Virtual,

5th Asian Population Association Virtual Conference (APA). Change of dates (3-5 August 2021)

Conference date(s): 03 August 2021 - 05 August 2021

The 5th Asian Population Association (APA) virtual conference will now be held on 3-5 August 2021 (instead of 20-22 July 2021). This is to accommodate participants who might be observing Eid al-Adha.

The virtual conference will bring together scholars, researchers, policymakers, and government officials to discuss Asian population issues. It will include live sessions, pre-recorded video sessions, and poster sessions. There will be an inclusive programme with close to 200 live presentations and talks and a large number of pre-recorded talks and posters. The video sessions and posters will be hosted online and will be available for at least six months after the conference.

For more information, please visit the website of the Asian Population Association,


ICURA 2022: 16. International Conference on Urban Resilience and Adaptation

Submission deadline: 30 June 2021

The International Research Conference is a federated organization dedicated to bringing together a significant number of diverse scholarly events for presentation within the conference program.

ICURA 2022: 16 aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Urban Resilience and Adaptation. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Urban Resilience and Adaptation.

Prospective authors are kindly encouraged to contribute to and help shape the conference through submissions of their research abstracts, papers and e-posters. Also, high quality research contributions describing original and unpublished results of conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental, or theoretical work in all areas of Urban Resilience and Adaptation are cordially invited for presentation at the conference. The conference solicits contributions of abstracts, papers and e-posters that address themes and topics of the conference, including figures, tables and references of novel research materials.

Abstracts/Full-Text Paper Submission Deadline: 30 June 2021

For more information, see

Location: Brazil

2021 Managed Retreat Conference. At What Point Managed Retreat? Resilience, Relocation and Climate Justice

Conference date(s): 22 June 2021 - 25 June 2021

Building on the success of the 2019 conference on Managed Retreat, the 2021 conference will address a range of scientific, social, policy and governance issues around managed retreat (also known as strategic realignment and planned relocation). The conference, a major initiative of Columbia University's Earth Institute, will bring together stakeholders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, together with academics, scientists, and community representatives, to help develop a common understanding of this complex issue, and move the needle toward equitable solutions. A major emphasis will be on issues of environmental justice, in recognition that the people most impacted by decisions around retreat have a key role in these conversations.

For more information, see 2021 Conference homepage:

Location: Virtual Conference,

Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress 2021

Conference date(s): 12 June 2021 - 15 June 2021

The Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress 2021 (SRI2021) is the world’s first transdisciplinary gathering in sustainability – it will be a space of fierce advocacy for sustainability scholarship, innovation, collaboration and action.

This annual event unites global sustainability leaders, experts, industry and innovators to inspire action and promote a sustainability transformation. For the first time, the Congress will launch as a hybrid event with a diverse and innovative online program alongside onsite participation. In addition to the 100+ sessions available throughout the day and night, thanks to the global reach of SRI and partners, the SRI2021 Online Package includes exclusive events and services, starting as soon as February 2021.

SRI is a joint initiative of Future Earth and the Belmont Forum. Australia, who hosts the Congress in 2021, has a unique role to play in the global community as a conduit between the Global North and the Global South, indigenous peoples and traditional sustainability practices. The local hosting consortium, led by Future Earth Australia and CSIRO, features academia and government partners from Brisbane and the State of Queensland to meet the breadth of the SRI2021 agenda.

For more information, see

Location: Virtual and Onsite, Australia

Call For Papers: Population Association of America 2021 Annual Meeting

Conference date(s): 05 May 2021 - 08 May 2021

The 2021 Program Committee consisted of 73 PAA members from diverse academic, demographic, and professional backgrounds. Together, they have developed 182 sessions and secured organizers for all of those sessions. The goal was to facilitate exciting, diverse, and cutting-edge submissions and, thus, help create a fabulous 2021 annual meeting.  The 2021 meeting will likely include a combination of in-person and virtual sessions.

Deadline for submission: 25 September 2020

For more information, see  

Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA, United States of America

Call for papers: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Environmental Health

Submission deadline: 28 February 2021

Guest Editor: Barbara Schumann (Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University, Sweden)

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) has a call for papers in a special issue titled “Climate and Environmental Change Impacts on Health and Health Care—The Context of Food Insecurity, Conflict and Forced Migration”. 

Environmental hazards due to climate change and other anthropogenic processes pose severe challenges for human health and health care systems. These hazards include droughts, flooding, sea level rise, storms, salinization, land degradation, and deforestation, among others, and often affect the most vulnerable populations. People’s health is at risk due to climate-driven violent conflicts and food insecurity, which are both drivers of voluntary and forced migration. In some regions, such as the Greater Horn of Africa, the scale of forced displacement is substantial, overburdening the displaced, host communities, aid organizations, and governments. The public health implications of the climate–food shortage–conflict–migration nexus are, however, still not well understood.

This Special Issue welcomes original and review articles that address health issues related to environmental and climate-induced violent conflict, food insecurity, and migration.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

For more information, see