Session Types

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Invited Speaker Sessions

In addition to abstract sessions, the conference offers invited speaker sessions that address a variety of current viewpoints and issues. The format and focus of these sessions vary.

Plenary sessions

The plenary brings all conference delegates together at the first session and features some of the world’s most distinguished population and social policy scientists, big data expert and community leaders.

A rapporteur summary session is held immediately before the closing Plenary session. The lead rapporteurs synthesize the highlights of the week, focusing on important results presented and key recommendations put forward. In addition, rapporteur teams publish daily reports and session summaries on the conference website and the online programme.


Parallel Session (Abstract Speaker Sessions)

The abstract-driven component of the conference programme offers the highest calibre of state-of-the-art knowledge and peer-reviewed research.

Submitted abstracts go through a blind peer-review process, carried out by a panel of international reviewers who are selected by members of the Scientific Programme Committee (SPC). Abstracts will be presented by scientists, activists, policy makers, and others working in the field.

Parallel Session are organized into themes that address new developments in each of the four scientific tracks, or they focus on a topic that crosses various tracks. These are 100-minute sessions that consist of four to five 15-minute oral presentations, each followed by a ten-minutes question and answer session. An interactive moderated discussion, facilitated by the co-chairs, is held at the end of the session, time permitting.


Satellite Session

Satellite symposia take place in the conference centre, but are arranged and coordinated by the organization hosting the satellite. Satellite symposia are available for a fee, based on the room capacity and time slot. Conference organizers review the content of each symposium to ensure that it meets the scientific and ethical principles of the conference, and allocate slots based on the overall conference programme.

Submissions for satellite session open on 30 June 2018

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