Conferences in Population Research

Attend! Present! Network!

Academic conferences provide an important training opportunity for graduate students. Regardless of what career path you are on, attending and presenting at academic conferences will help you to expand your professional skillset. Conference-related skills are professional tools that will be transferable to many different career trajectories, in academia or beyond.

CPD trainees frequently present their work at major academic conferences. See recent conference posters of CPD trainees here.


  • Networking: meet your student peers as well as key figures in your field of interest. Conferences will help you to better understand academic and research cultures as well as to learn about current and future prospects for internships, training, research and employment. The relationships you develop, especially with your student cohort, will form the foundation of your professional network throughout your career.
  • Presenting: fine-tune your public speaking and presentation skills. Learn to present data and results to different audiences and through various media types.
  • Latest research and trends: conferences provide a quick way to get up to speed on new theory, methods, results and data.
  • Critical feedback: the questions, comments and targeted feedback you receive from your presentation (paper or poster) will help you to further develop and refine your ideas. This process can lead to a peer-reviewed publication.  

Plan ahead

While conferences afford many benefits, they demand long-term planning. Most require submissions 6-9 months before the conference itself. To prepare yourself to have presentable results and to find suitable funding, start thinking about conference attendance a year in advance. Discuss options with your supervisor, committee members and fellow students.

Conference funding

CPD student trainees and members are encouraged to seek travel funds from a variety of travel fund sources, including the QICSS students research outcomes grant, the McGill Faculty of Arts internal travel competition and the EBOH internal travel fund competition. Once you have exhausted those sources, you can apply for a CPD student travel award here.

Key conferences in population studies

Association/Society Abstract submission Upcoming Dates
Population Association of America (PAA) Aug-Sept

Apr 27-29, 2017 Chicago
Apr 26-28, 2018, Denver
Apr 11 – 13, 2019, Austin
Apr 23 – 25, 2020, Washington, DC

Canadian Population Society (CPS) Jan

Always in conjunction with annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

May 27-Jun 2, 2017, Ryerson University, Toronto
May 26-Jun 1, 2018. University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan

Association internationale des démographes de langue française (AIDELF)  Aug-Sept June 21-24, 2016
American Economic Association (AEA) Mar-Apr

Jan 6-8, 2017, Chicago
Jan 5-7, 2018. Atlanta
Jan 4-6, 2019, Philadelphia
Jan 3-5, 2020, San Diego
Jan 3-5, 2021, Chicago
Jan 7-9, 2022, Boston
Jan 6-8, 2023, New Orleans
Jan 5-7, 2024, San Antonio

American Public Health Association (APHA) Dec-Feb

Oct 29 - Nov 2, 2016, Denver
Nov 4-8, 2017, Atlanta

American Sociological Association (ASA)


Aug 20-23, 2016, Seattle
Aug 12-15, 2017, Montréal
Aug 11-14, 2018 Philadelphia
Aug 10-13, 2019 New York City
Aug 15-18, 2020 San Francisco
Aug 14-17 2021 Chicago
Aug 13-16 2022 Los Angeles
Aug 18-24 2023 Philadelphia
Aug 10-13 2024 Montréal

Canadian Economics Association (CEA) Jan-Feb

Jun 3-5, 2016, Ottawa
Jun 2-4, 2017, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Jun 2018, McGill University
Jun 2019, Banff, Alberta

International Health Economics Association (iHEA) Dec-Jan July 8-11, 2017, Boston
Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) Oct-Nov

Jun 20-23, 2017, Seattle
Jun 19-22, 2018, Baltimore
Jun 18-21, 2019, Minnesota

International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (every 4 years)

Sept-Dec 2016


Oct 29 - Nov 4, 2017, Cape Town
TBD 2021

European Population Conference (every 2 years) Nov-Jan

Sept 2016

International Epidemiology Association World Congress (every 3 years)

Aug 2016-Jan 2017

Aug 19-22, 2017, Sonic City, Japan

American College of Epidemiology Mar-May

Sept 24-26, 2017, New Orleans



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