Page 1: Welcome to the BSPS 2023 Conference call for papers & online submission system

You are invited to submit proposals for presentations and posters for the British Society for Population Studies’ 50th anniversary Conference, to take place at Keele University*, 11-13 September 2023. This celebratory in-person conference will be the culmination of the year’s anniversary events and rich in opportunities to meet fellow demographers working in university, government and other practical settings, as well as opportunities for early-career researchers to develop their networks in the field.

A provisional programme and booking forms will be available in May. There will be a full programme of simultaneous strand sessions of submitted papers, plus invited plenary sessions with the theme BSPS at 50: looking backwards, looking forwards.

Abstracts for papers and posters across the entire demographic and population studies spectrum are welcomed. Whilst any empirical or conceptual approach is welcome, a submission should have a demographic or population studies focus. Abstracts for papers reporting on research should clearly outline aims, method(s), and results (even if preliminary at the time of submission). Conceptual papers should offer clear expositions of how the paper contributes to the field. Viability of stand‐alone strands and sessions will depend on sufficient submissions being received. There is inevitably some duplication in topics between strands and sessions. Please submit to the strand or session you think most appropriate. It may be necessary to move papers between sessions, but any such changes will be advised.

Information updates on the Conference will be posted to the BSPS website as available:

Please submit online by midnight at the end of Monday 24 April 2023. A short abstract of up to 250 words is requested. Extended abstracts can be sent separately to but are not compulsory, although they can be helpful to strand organisers when selecting papers for presentation. Organisers may request further details of a submission before final decisions are made. Short abstracts will appear on the Conference website and changes can be made up to the end of July.

Choose an appropriate strand or session and submit online via this page.

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

Oral and poster submissions are given equal weight. Final decisions on papers and posters accepted for presentation will be emailed to submitting authors by late May. In addition to the strands and sessions inviting submissions, there will be one workshop, on spatial Poisson modelling of a risky outcome in India. Offers of further workshops or training sessions would be welcomed via the online submissions form.

Please read the Notes below.

*Information on getting to Keele via various modes of transport can be found on the Keele University website at and in the pdf appendix to this Call.

Please note Stoke on Trent is the nearest rail station. Cheaper taxi travel from the station can be obtained by pre-booking. Local providers are ABC Supreme and Rosevilles

Call for Papers Notes

  • Submissions from members & non-members are welcomed, as are those from early-career researchers.  
  • Presentations may be allocated to a different strand or session from that to which submission was made.
  • A maximum of TWO submissions please as first author (or presenter for oral presentations).
  • Short abstracts will be posted to the BSPS website (with contact email unless otherwise requested) and may be changed up to the end of July.
  • Oral presentations will be organised into 90-minute sessions of 3-4 papers, with time for questions & discussion. Strand organisers or convenors will advise on the length of individual presentations or advise if a different format is planned.
  • On submission, you will be requested to confirm you plan to present in person.
  • Registration charges will apply for all attending, at member, non-member & student rates. Registration by the presenting author is required before the paper or poster is included in the final programme.   
  • Bursaries will be available for student members, or local government members whose employer will not cover their costs & are only available if presenting a paper or poster:
    • Bursary applicants must be current BSPS members, and BSPS annual membership dues must be up to date at the time of application (on the online submission form)
    • The number of bursaries on offer may be limited or partial depending on budgetary constraints, and an application for a bursary does not guarantee it will be successful.
    • Bursaries usually cover registration and on-site accommodation plus meals, but not travel.
    • Bursary recipients may be asked to assist on-site.