About the Conference

Statistics South Africa, on behalf of the Republic of South Africa, will host the 28th International Population Conference of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) in Cape Town, South Africa at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) from 29 October to 4 November 2017.

Conference Information Bulletin

Conference Newsletter 31 October 2017

Conference Newsletter 1 November 2017

Conference Newsletter 2 November 2017

The IUSSP International Population Conference is a major international event drawing over 2,000 scientists, policy makers and practitioners in the global population community to meet and address issues of common concern.  The Conference takes place once every four years, providing a unique forum for population experts to take stock of recent research on population trends and issues and to debate possible actions and policy responses to the challenges posed by population phenomena.

The Conference will include invited plenary debates and panel discussions on population and sustainable development issues as well as over 240 scientific sessions featuring the results of recent research from around the globe. Sessions will cover a wide range of topics including international migration, sexual and reproductive health, poverty and inequality, population and environment interactions, the consequences of population ageing and issues related to children and youth, education, the labour force, and gender and human rights. There will also be a set of sessions on Population and Policy Challenges in Africa. Attention to advances in methods and data measuring population phenomena and evaluating progress towards health and development goals such as the SDGs will be a key concern cutting across all sessions.  In addition, there will be exhibits, side meetings and training sessions.

The Conference is open to all members of the population community and draws in experts working in research, teaching, governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as the private sector including publishing companies and the media. Institutions working in the population field are encouraged to organise exhibits, side meetings, and training workshops or become an institutional sponsor. Further information on these opportunities will be posted on this website.

Presentations in scientific sessions, oral and poster, will be selected through a peer-review submission process. All researchers and population specialists are warmly invited to submit a paper or poster proposal and to plan on attending this event.


The languages of the 2017 Conference will be English and French; interpretation for the hearing impaired will be offered at the plenary sessions.


The conference is organised as a joint collaboration between the host country, whose National Organising Committee is led by Statistics South Africa, and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population.

International Organising Committee (IOC)

IOC President: Pali Lehohla (Statistician General, Statistics South Africa)
IOC Vice President:  Anastasia Gage (IUSSP President, Sierra Leone/United States)

IUSSP Council

Anastasia Gage (President, Sierra Leone/United States) ▪  Thomas LeGrand (Vice President, Canada) ▪ France Meslé (Secretary General and Treasurer, France) ▪ Sajeda Amin (United States) ▪ Ann Biddlecom (United States) ▪ Emily Grundy (United Kingdom) ▪ Fatima Juárez (Mexico) ▪ Øystein Kravdal (Norway) ▪ David Lam (United States) ▪ Edith Pantelides (Argentina) ▪ Parfait M. Eloundou Enyegue (Cameroon) ▪ Tom Moultrie (South Africa) ▪ Sureeporn Punpuing (Thailand)

Ex Officio Members

John Wilmoth (United Nations Population Division) ▪ Akinyele Eric Dairo (UNFPA regional representative for Southern Africa)

Steering Committee of the South African National Organising Committee (NOC)

Kefiloe Masiteng (Statistics South Africa) ▪ Calvin Molongoana (Statistics South Africa) ▪ Trevor Oosterwyk (Statistics South Africa)

Conference Secretary

Mary Ellen Zuppan (IUSSP Secretariat)

South African National Organising Committee (NOC)

Pali Lehohla (Statistics South Africa) ▪ Kefiloe Masiteng (Statistics South Africa) ▪ Calvin Molongoana (Statistics South Africa) ▪ Trevor Oosterwyk (Statistics South Africa) ▪ Ian Chabalala (Statistics South Africa) ▪ Paul Choshane (Statistics South Africa) ▪ Diego Iturralde (Statistics South Africa) ▪ Christine Khoza (Statistics South Africa) ▪ Phillip Lesame (Statistics South Africa) ▪ Renolda Mogale (Statistics South Africa) ▪ Themba Mohoto (Statistics South Africa) ▪ Unathi Spambo (Statistics South Africa) ▪ Mary Mathe (Geography High School Educators) ▪ Mark Collinson (Wits Rural Health Research Facility) ▪ Monde Makiwane (Human Sciences Research Council) ▪ Nompumelelo Nzimande (Population Association of South Africa) ▪ Sally Peberdy (Gauteng City-Region Observatory) ▪ Mady Biaye (UNFPA) ▪ Bernice Hlagala (Presidency) ▪ Jacques van Zuydam (Department of Social Development) ▪ Phindiwe Mbhele (Department of Home Affairs) ▪ Thiru Naidoo (Western Cape Business & Tourism)

About the IUSSP

The IUSSP is the largest international professional association of population specialists. With over 2000 members from 140 countries, the IUSSP brings together researchers, scholars, policy makers and others from diverse disciplinary and professional backgrounds to address key population issues. The IUSSP’s main activity is the organisation of scientific seminars and conferences. Every four years, the IUSSP organises the International Population Conference. This conference provides an opportunity for scientists, programme managers and policy makers from all over the world to review advances made in the study of population issues and to debate possible actions and policy responses to the challenges posed by population phenomena.