British Society for Population Studies Annual Conference

University of Leicester 14-16 September 2020


The British Society for Population Studies holds an annual conference in a different venue each September. Programmes, abstracts, and reports of previous conferences can be accessed from the archive link at the bottom of the page.

The 2020 BSPS Conference will be held at the University of Leicester, Stamford Court, 14-16 September. All Conference sessions will be on site, where Conference catering & accommodation will also be available. Booking forms will be available from late May, together with a provisional timetable. It is anticipated there will be one plenary lecture plus a plenary panel.

There will be a full programme of simultaneous strand sessions of submitted papers: proposals and abstracts for papers & posters are invited across the entire demographic & population studies spectrum. Whilst any approach is welcome, a submission should have a demographic or population studies focus. Empirical submissions for oral presentations should include some results, these may well be preliminary at the time of submission.

Viability of stand-alone strands & sessions will depend on sufficient submissions being received.

Information updates on the Conference will be posted to this website as available.

Please submit online by midnight on Monday 20 April. 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 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.

Choose an appropriate strand or session and submit online at:

If you are unable to submit online, please contact for alternative arrangements.

Oral & poster submissions are given equal weight. Final decisions on papers & posters accepted for presentation will be emailed to submitting authors by late May.

In addition to the strands and sessions inviting submissions, there will also be a couple of closed sessions, for which submissions are not being sought, plus training sessions: these will be advised in the preliminary programme, available in late May. Offers of additional training sessions may still be put forward.

Before submitting, please read the Notes at the end of this call for papers carefully. There is some duplication in topics between strands & sessions. Please submit to the strand or session you think most appropriate.

Starts:  Sep 14, 2020 09:00 (GMT)
Ends:  Sep 16, 2020 17:00 (GMT)


University Rd
Stamford Court
Leicester, LE1 7RH