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European Population Conference 2010, Vienna, Austria

The European Population Conference 2010 (EPC 2010) was organized by the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS) in collaboration with the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID). The conference convened in the University of Vienna. EPC 2010 covered a wide range of topics in population studies and had as a special topic "Population and Environment" where the focus was on the interactions between demographic trends and climate change as well as other environmental issues. Within the theme of Population and Environment a wide range of topics were covered, demonstrating that environmental challenges are global as well as regional. While Europe’s share in the world population is declining, its ecological footprint is disproportionately large. Advancing the research frontier on the complex interactions of population and environment and identifying ways in which policies can influence them were among the issues that were discussed in the Opening Plenary session and a number of specific sessions.

The scientific program of EPC 2010 comprised a Plenary Opening session on "population and environment interactions", a Plenary Debate session on "a new take on policies for demographic change", a Plenary Discussion session on "the future of population and population studies", and a Plenary Closing and Award session as well as a total of 106 simultaneous sessions and 2 Poster sessions. From over 850 submissions for scientific contributions over 400 papers were presented and discussed during the 106 simultaneous sessions. The overall quality of the papers, as well as the more than 200 poster presentations was considered to be very high by the conference organizers, conveners, session chairs and participants. The scientific program covered all domains of population studies with a special focus on Europe and provided state-of-the-art information on current and future demographic trends as well as their social and economic impacts and policy implications.

EPC 2010 was attended by more than 750 participants from all over Europe and beyond including sizeable representations from North America and Australia; some 16 per cent of participants came from outside Europe. Participation included over 150 PhD students/early career demographers.


Tuesday, August 31, 2010 to Friday, September 3, 2010