This European Population Conference (EPC 2001) was organized by EAPS in collaboration with the Family Federation of Finland Väestöliitto, the Finnish Demographic Society and the Central Statistical Office of Finland at the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Väestöliitto.
EPC 2001 convened in Helsinki, Finland, from 7-9 June 2001.
While the general European Population Conferences where organized at a four year interval in the early days of EAPS, the demand for more frequent EAPS conferences quickly emerged in the expanding population research community. More topical conferences, like the Helsinki Conference, were introduced in the interval between EPC’s and were
originally referred to as “in between” or “intermediate” conferences and more formally as “international” conferences. These events quickly developed as regular EAPS conferences in the way they were organized and structured. For all intents and purposes they are part of the EPC history and thus the Helsinki conference can be labelled as EPC 2001.
EPC 2001 aimed at providing insights into the variations in European population trends and patterns, the various contexts which shape this variety, and its consequences. A full range of population issues was covered by EPC 2001 and although its main focus was on European population, the conference also addressed global population issues. The Plenary session was dedicated to "delayed childbearing in Europe: determinants and consequences" with a keynote address by Antonella Pinnelli.
EPC 2001 was attended by around 400 participants. In addition to the Plenary session, the scientific program had 40 simultaneous sessions with some 300 presentations.