This international conference was organised by EAPS in collaboration with the Department of Geography at the University of Liverpool, and sponsored by the European Union, the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), the Institut national d’études démographiques (France), the Population Investigation Committee (UK), the Welcome Trust and the University of Liverpool.
The Conference was a general scientific conference on population issues relevant to Europe. Although the main aim was to provide insights into contemporary and past population dynamics, both globally but more specifically in Europe, where there are clear population challenges by the broad context of ageing societies.
Many of these challenges have been given particular prominence in the Green paper of the Employment and Social Affairs Directorate of the European Commission, Confronting demographic change: a new solidarity between the generations (March 2005). This Conference therefore facilitated timely detailed perspectives on and discussions of a range of what are major issues for the development of European economics and societies.
The particular scopes of the conference were ‘the population challenges in ageing societies’. As key-note speech was scheduled a plenary speech by Ian Diamond (Economic and Social Research Council) on “Scientific challenges in ageing research: The UK Research Council’s contribution”. However due to illness Ian Diamond was all of a sudden unable to attend the Opening Session. The organisers are very grateful to Emily Grundy (London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) that she was willing to step in with a plenary speech on “Ageing societies and care for older people”.
The Conference was attended by around 500 participants. Next to the plenary session 75 simultaneous and special sessions took place, in which over 300 papers/abstracts were presented and discussed. In the poster session more than 100 posters were presented and discussed.