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PopFest 2013

PopFest is designed to help early career population researchers develop skills and ideas,  sometimes, e.g. in 2013, it includes a training day to help delegates plan their careers.

It is held at different universities each year and in 2013 was hosted at Southampton. Sessions included: Employability (Dr Helen Goulding, Director, Quercus Training) and, How to Publish (Dr Alice Reid, editor, Population Studies).
Fifty three delegates from across the globe, from a variety of disciplines, with a common interest in population, attended, making PopFest2013 truly international.

The PopFest Wine Reception and Poster Session was a huge success and poster prizes were judged and awarded by Professor Peter Smith (Director, Southampton Social Statistics Research Institute). Delegates enjoyed the sunshine and continued networking into the evening at the BBQ buffet and the following night’s conference dinner was another wonderful summer evening.
The diversity and quality of the research presented in the poster and oral sessions reflected the dynamism and vibrancy of contemporary research into matters of population. The engagement of delegates in sessions led to lively discussions and showcased the variety of expertise present and the feedback, from such a multitude of perspectives, highlighted the multi-disciplinary nature of PopFest.

The excellent keynote and plenary speakers gave presentations on contemporary policy-focused research, kicked off by a keynote from Professor David Martin, (Co-Director, ESRC UK data Service and ESRC National Centre of Research Methods). The plenary from Dr Diana Lopez-Falcon (Population Europe) focused on policy issues in contemporary population studies and the challenges and opportunities for researchers in the future; and Wednesday began with a thought provoking talk by Professor Asghar Zaidi (Centre for Research on Ageing, University of Southampton) which addressed the challenge of identifying strategies to sustain the activity, independence and health of older people.

 PopFest2013 was rousingly opened, by Professor Jane Falkingham, and closed, by Dr Andy Hinde (both University of Southampton) who truly inspired delegates with their encouraging words for the next generation of population researchers.

PopFest2014 was held at University College London and in 2015 it was at Plymouth University.

 (Report by Philippa, Ally, Rachel, Jason and Neil, the University of Southampton's PopFest2013 Conference Committee.)

david martin

Coming of Age

Keynote speaker David Martin celebrated 2013 - PopFest's 21st birthday.

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Lively discussions

A multitude of perspectives highlighted the multi-disciplinary nature of PopFest

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PopFest 2015
The PopFest Wine Reception and Poster Session was a huge success and poster prizes were judged and awarded by Professor Peter Smith (Director, Southampton Social Statistics Research Institute).
The winning poster
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