Events Calendar listings

2020 ALAP International Conference, 9-11 December 2020

Conference date(s): 09 December 2020 - 11 December 2020

The  Latin  American  Population  Association  (ALAP) invites researchers,  public  officials,  students, members  of  civil  and  international  organizations,  and  all  those  interested  in  population  studies,  to participate in its IX Congress. This year’s meeting will be held in virtual mode, 9-11 December 2020.

Organizers invite researchers to submit the latest works, especially that related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the region. The theme of the IX Conference focuses on the challenge of equality in the context of the pandemic and the upcoming crisis, which reflects the commitment and dedication of ALAP to the study of the determinants and consequences of demographic transformations in Latin America and the Caribbean throughout its history.   

Read the call for papers (in Spanish, Portuguese and English) at 

Deadline for extended abstracts (4 pages) or complete papers: 4 September 2020.


1st Global Mountain Sustainability Forum

Conference date(s): 05 October 2020 - 06 October 2020

Eurac Research’s Centre for Advanced Studies in collaboration with the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security and within the framework of their joint Global Mountain Safeguard Research (GLOMOS) programme, have initiated a Global Mountain Sustainability Forum (GMS Forum) conference series.

This conference series is designed to address challenges concerning sustainability in mountain regions to ensure the provision of their invaluable ecosystem services to lowlands and their populations. Scientists, actors and practitioners as well as students are invited to submit their application to present their research in alignment with this year’s topic being “Sustainability Governance: International Frameworks and Local Contributions”.

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the Organizing Committee has decided to extend the opportunity to participate to the conference online, so to guarantee to our participants from outside Italy to attend and present while staying safe. The conference fees will be adapted accordingly.

The detailed programme and other information can be found here

Location: Italy

Call for Papers: Thematic Series on The Demography of Covid-19

Submission deadline: 30 September 2020

Guest Editors: Viviana Egidi (Sapienza University of Rome), Piero Manfredi (University of Pisa)

This Genus Thematic Series aims to offer an updated examination of the key population dynamics and demographic and socio-economic implications of the Covid-19 pandemic – and of policies to face it – at a range of geographic, socio-economic, socio-demographic, and temporal scales.

By this Thematic Series entirely devoted to Covid-19 pandemic, its population dynamics and consequences, Genus aims at fostering discussions on the aforementioned processes by a range of multidisciplinary and comparative approaches. Submitted contributions should address the following challenges:

Which conditions and factors explain the differences in the ultimate size of this Covid-19 epidemic wave that will be observed between and within countries and territories, by age and gender, by socio-demographic groups, and so forth?

How will population level immunity be distributed at the end of this wave within and between countries and regions? Which is the true scale of Covid-19 mortality? Particularly, which factors will ultimately explain the dramatic gradients in Covid-19 mortality within and between countries and territories, and between age and other population groups?

Are current modelling tools of epidemic spread and related mortality adequate to explain a global phenomenon as Covid-19 pandemic? Or new tools should be designed?

Will Covid-19 pandemic and the enacted control measures modify, or amplify known health inequalities? And will impact on known social and economic inequalities?

What should we learn in terms of effective strategies aimed to preventively identify, and protect, more vulnerable or fragile groups during “normal” vs crisis periods?

Which will be the impact of the pandemic on family life courses? For example, which effects can be expected for reproductive behavior and family dynamics? And to what extent this impact will depend on the different intervention policies enacted in the different countries and territories?

What should we learn from the current pandemic wave in terms of protection of population and socio-economic structures against the likely future Covid-19 waves – given the levels of acquired immunity and the absence of a vaccine – and in general against pandemic risks – taken as a rule rather than exceptional events.

What types of (new, harmonised) data will be critical to better understanding and managing health emergencies due to pandemic waves?

Submission deadline: 30 September 2020

For more information, see 


Call for papers: collective book on COVID-19 in West Africa

Submission deadline: 18 September 2020
If the COVID-19 pandemic has and will have several social, demographic and economic impacts in the short, mid and long term, one could wonder whether this crisis is not an opportunity for the African continent to find its own or local solutions to some of its development issues: indeed, we have seen how the closing of borders has led each country to turn inwards towards national production, as the example of local production of masks, handwashing devices, hydro-alcoholic gels, etc. Is this health crisis an opportunity for Africa to proceed to a structural transformation of its economies to make them less extroverted and dependent on external exchanges? The closure of schools and universities has also revealed, once again, the necessary need to invest in distance learning and training technologies.
The answers to all these questions of various natures call for a multidisciplinary approach in which all the disciplines of the social sciences and humanities can contribute. This is the objective of this call for proposals for a collective book on the contribution of the social sciences and humanities to the current debates on the COVID-19 pandemic in West Africa. Based on current statistics in Sub-Saharan Africa, West Africa seems to be the first and most affected by the pandemic. In addition, the countries have a certain number of common background characteristics (social, demographic, economic and institutional), which should make it easier to pool together and synthesize lessons for decision-making. 
The call for proposals is opened to researchers, teachers as well as stakeholders in the decision-making area, the associative organizations and the sphere of regional and international cooperation. Submissions from women are highly encouraged and expected. 
Abstracts should be around 2,000 words and could be structured as follows:
• Title
• Theme
• Author (s), discipline / specialty, institution (s) and contacts
•Objective (s)
• Methodology (geographic scope, data source, analysis methods)
• Findings and policy implications
Abstracts should be sent to the following e-mails addresses:jfkobiane; aaeb212; hkouadio; fmolaolorun; roger.zerbo
Deadline for submissions: 18 September 2020

Call for Papers: “Health and Health Care in the Context of Environmental and Climate-Related Migration”, The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH)

Submission deadline: 31 August 2020

Environmental hazards due to climate change and other anthropogenic processes are drivers of voluntary and forced migration, both cross-border and internally. These hazards include droughts, flooding, sea level rise, storms, salinization, land degradation, and deforestation, among others.

While human mobility can be an adaptive response to environmental change, a large part of migrants are considered displaced populations. In some regions, such as the Greater Horn of Africa, the scale of environmental forced displacement is substantial, posing a challenge for the displaced, host communities, aid organizations, and governments. The public health implications of environmental migration, however, are still not understood well.

This Special Issue welcomes original articles that address health issues related to environmental and climate-induced migration, in particular of people displaced by droughts and land degradation in low- and middle-income countries. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Slow onset events (droughts, salinization, soil erosion);
  • Sudden onset events (floods, cyclones);
  • Cross-border migration and forced displacement;
  • Internally displaced people;
  • Food and water safety, famine;
  • Mortality and morbidity, including infant and child health;
  • Disease outbreaks;
  • Mental health;
  • Gender-based violence;
  • Violent conflicts;
  • Availability and quality of health care services;
  • Living conditions in refugee camps and informal settlements.

Guest Editor: Dr. Barbara Schumann

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020

For more information, see 


UNILAG 2020 Sociology Annual Lecture Conference. Nigeria's Data Challenge, University of Lagos, Nigeria, 17-18 June 2020

Submission deadline: 01 May 2020

The Department of Sociology, University of Lagos invites researchers, government officials, officials of non-governmental organizations, students and all those interested in the improvement of society and the human condition through research to participate in its 2020 Annual Lecture and Conference.  The theme of the conference is ‘Nigeria’s data challenge’.

Submissions for abstract are invited as well as extended abstracts on any of the following sub-themes:

  • Nigeria's census challenge
  • Issues in national surveys in Nigeria
  • Vital registration in Nigeria: Challenges and prospects
  • Ethical issues in Population register management in Nigeria
  • Data management and health policies and programmes in Nigeria
  • Political issues and data management in Nigeria
  • Cultural issues in the collection and management of data in Nigeria
  • The political economy of data management and research funding in Nigeria
  • Religion and the data challenge in Nigeria
  • New technologies/ICT and Big data: challenges, prospects and opportunities for data collection in Nigeria
  • Building capacity for data management and bridging the Data-policy gap in Nigeria.
  • Insecurity and data collection in Nigeria
  • The data challenge and doing business in Nigeria
  • Exclusion of the often-neglected sub-populations – women, elderly, special populations

Submission guidelines:

Important dates:

  • 10 February 2020: Short abstract submission opening
  • 1 May 2020: Deadline for submission of short abstracts
  • 1 March 2020: Full paper or extended abstract submission opening
  • 31 May 2020: Deadline for full paper or extended abstract submission
  • 6 June 2020: Notification of acceptance of abstract
  • 17 June 2020: Deadline for registration
Location: University of Lagos, Nigeria

Call for Papers: British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) 2020 Conference, Stamford Court, University of Leicester, UK, 14-16 September 2020

Submission deadline: 20 April 2020
The call for papers for the 2020 BSPS Conference is now open, with a closing date of 20 April 2020 (midnight)
A short abstract of up to 250 words is requested.  Empirical submissions should cover research question, methods, data, results or preliminary results, & potential applications. Extended abstracts are optional & must be sent separately; these can help in the final selection of papers. Up to 4 double-spaced A4 sheets in PDF format only may be emailed to pic@ with ‘BSPS extended abstract’ and the intended strand or session in the title line. Extended abstracts are not a substitute for formal online submissions: this process should still be completed. Organisers may request further details of a submission before final decisions are made. Short abstracts will appear on the Conference website. Extended abstracts are for information purposes only.
Location: Stamford Court, University of Leicester, United Kingdom

Climate Change Adaptation Strategies to Reduce Risks in Coastal Areas, São Paulo, Brazil, 2-5 June 2020

Application deadline: 01 April 2020

Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund (, the British Council, in partnership with the São Paulo Research Foundation – FAPESP (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo), will be holding a four-day workshop on the above theme in the premises of the Transamérica Prime Hotel Guarujá, São Paulo, Brazil. 

The workshop is being coordinated by Dr Raymond Ward (University of Brighton, UK) and Dr. Celia Regina de Gouveia Souza (Institute of Geology-SIMA/SP and University of São Paulo) and will have contributions from leading researchers (mentors) from the UK (Dr Andrew Cooper, Dr Luciana Esteves) and Brazil (Dr Pedro Roberto Jacobi, Dr Chou Sin Chan).

Organizers are now inviting Early Career Researchers (please, see the rules for application below) from the UK and São Paulo to attend this workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Newton Researcher Links programme.

Researchers from Brazil and the UK will meet to discuss how they can collaborate to support the development and implementation of strategies to adapt to climate change. This represents an important issue in the context of both the Brazilian and the State of São Paulo Climate Change Adaptation Plans, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (3, 9, 11, and especially 13, 14 and 15). Through inclusive and participatory activities, the workshop will promote an in-depth discussion of how improved and targeted adaptation strategies can help reduce habitat loss, environmental degradation and depletion of natural resources, thus enabling social and economic development. The workshop will stimulate the development of long-lasting UK-Brazil collaboration and government-research partnerships that combine the scientific and practical knowledge required to build the required research and technical capacity for adaptation strategy implementation.

The completed application form can be accessed from this link here and it should be submitted to r.d.ward@ before the deadline on 1 April 2020. The successful applicants will be notified by the end of April 2020.

For further information, please visit and for information in Portuguese.

Location: Transamérica Prime Hotel Guarujá, Brazil

Past Global Changes (PAGES)' 6th Open Science Meeting (OSM), Agadir, Morocco, 18-22 May 2021

Submission deadline: 01 April 2020

The Scientific Program Committee (SPC) invites you to take an active part in organizing the scientific program of the conference. The OSM program will be comprised of plenary, parallel and poster sessions. The plenary sessions will host keynote talks intended to stimulate discussions on the role of past global change science by providing information about strategies for a sustainable world, on the engagement of stakeholders in active cutting-edge research, and on the added value of interdisciplinary approaches. The parallel and associated poster sessions will accommodate top-level ongoing research.

The SPC will prepare the program based upon your input, aiming for a fair balance between the topics. Please note that the SPC could merge sessions with similar topics (before abstract submission) or with a small number of abstracts (after abstract submission).

Scientists from African institutions are strongly encouraged to submit session proposals. Please inform your colleagues about this opportunity.

Scientists are invited to suggest sessions until 1 April 2020. Please send an email to pages@ (clickable link with correct subject line) and include a provisional title, potential conveners, and a brief description of the session.

Location: Morocco

Call for Papers for the Vienna Yearbook of Population Research (VYPR) 2021 Special Issue on “Demographic Aspects of Human Wellbeing”

Submission deadline: 31 March 2020

The VYPR is an open-access journal that has been published annually by the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences since 2003. It is addressing population trends as well as a broad range of theoretical and methodological issues in population research. 

  • Examples of topics for the Special Issue include: 
  • Life expectancy based indicators of wellbeing
  • (Economic) wellbeing over the life course and over time
  • Demographic differentials/inequalities in wellbeing
  • Wellbeing and intergenerational support
  • Feedbacks from environmental change to human wellbeing

Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2020.

Further details concerning submissions can be found here: 

General information on the VYPR as well as on the current call: 


Call for papers - Digital Geography and Society

Posted: 20 March 2020

Digital Geography and Society is an open access journal publishing interdisciplinary social science and humanities research offering critical perspectives on the complexities and interconnected nature of geographies relating to the digital.

Digital Geography and Society is calling for papers on the following themes:

  • Digital geographies beyond the Global North
  • Digital inflections of the anthropocene
  • Difference and the digital/ digital geographies of difference
  • Methods of/for digital geographies
  • Platform politics and urbanism
  • The promise and problematic of automation

For more information, see


Rostock Retreat on Uncertainty Visualization, Rostock, Germany, 20-22 July 2020

Submission deadline: 17 March 2020

This three-day event brings together theorists, practitioners, methodologists, and applied researchers from across the social sciences and beyond in order to stimulate discussion of best practices and new proposals for how to communicate uncertainty in various settings, and the application of these insights in demography and population studies.

The application should be a single PDF-file including (1) a paragraph describing a problem you want to advance by participating in the Retreat (related to visualizing uncertainty) and (optionally) (2) a visualization of your own that contains an aspect of uncertainty, with a paragraph describing it (or critiquing it). 

Applicants should have received a PhD, or should be enrolled in a PhD program. Please get in touch if this does not apply to you but you are interested in participating. Participants will verbally present their research with the aid of a poster.

For students or junior scientists with financial limitations there will be a limited number of travel stipends, covering travel and accommodation. Please state in your application if you also want to apply for a travel stipend.

A course on visualization in R will take place directly before the Retreat at the Max Planck Institute. If you also plan to apply to this course, please mention so in your Retreat application.

Questions or Suggestions? Feel free to contact the organizing committee by rostock-retreat@ – anytime from anywhere.

Deadline for submissions: 10 April 2020

All applications should be uploaded via 

Location: Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany