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Call for Papers

British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) Annual Conference 2017

Deadline: 
24/04/2017

The 2017 BSPS Conference will be held at the University of Liverpool, 6-8 September. All Conference sessions will be on site, where Conference catering & high-standard accommodation will also be available. Booking forms will be available from May, together with a provisional timetable.

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. (Submissions should have a demographic or population studies focus.) Ongoing work with incomplete analyses & findings should be submitted as posters: submissions for oral presentation should include results.

For organizational purposes, strand organisers have been allocated to specific themes. Some sessions within strands have been suggested, to be organized by the person named, in conjunction with the overall organizer of the strand under which they are listed.

Submissions should be made online by midnight on Monday 24 April 2017. A short abstract of up to 250 words is required, which should cover research question, methods, data, preliminary results & potential applications. Extended abstracts can be sent separately & are optional, but will help in the final selection of papers: up to 4 double-spaced A4 sheets in PDF format only may be emailed to pic@lse.ac.uk with’ BSPS extended abstract’ and the intended strand in the title line. Extended abstracts are not a substitute for formal online submissions: this process should still be completed. Strand or session organizers may request further details of a submission before any decisions are made. Short abstracts will appear on the Conference website. Extended abstracts are for information purposes only.

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

 

In addition to 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 on the preliminary timetable, when published.

  • Confirmation is required on the submissions form that presenters will attend the conference at their own expense to present the papers or poster submitted, if accepted. Attendance at the BSPS conference cannot be subsidised by BSPS – this applies to BSPS members and non-members and there are NO exceptions. (Except for existing BSPS student and local government members fulfilling specific conditions. See under bursaries.)

  • Papers may be allocated to a different strand from that to which the submission was made.

  • A maximum of TWO submissions as first author and/or presenter for oral presentations, although additional poster submissions would be welcomed.

  • Ongoing work with incomplete results or analyses should be submitted for poster presentation only. Oral presentations must include results. Poster submissions have equal weight with oral presentations

  • Submissions from non-members are welcomed

  • Short abstracts may be changed up to the end of July, after which no changes will be possible

  • Registration for the conference by the author intending to present will be required before the paper or poster is included in the final programme

  • Papers are organised into strand sessions. Each presenter will have 20-30 minutes in total, with 15-20 minutes for presentation & 5-10 minutes for questions & discussion. Strand organisers will advise if a different format for the session in question is planned.

  • Poster competition: a prize fund of £100 in book tokens is offered for the poster(s) judged the best on display. At least 50% of this prize will be awarded to the best student poster. All accepted posters are automatically entered for the poster prize. The invited judges will be announced later

BSPS student member bursaries & BSPS local government employee member bursaries

  • Bursaries are available ONLY to BSPS student members and BSPS local government employee members whose employer will not cover their costs.

  • Bursaries are only available if presenting a paper or poster

  • BSPS 2017 membership dues must have been paid before submission. Memberships activated or reactivated after submission are NOT eligible for a bursary.

  • As the number of bursaries may be limited, application for a bursary does not guarantee that one will be awarded. Applications must be received by the submission deadline, not retrospectively after that date.

  • Bursaries usually cover the costs of on-site accommodation, meals during the conference, plus registration. Travel is not included.

  • Application for a bursary is via the online submissions form ONLY, which MUST have the relevant bursary application box checked

  • Recipients of bursaries may be expected to contribute to Conference preparation or assist on-site.

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