IV Portuguese Congress of Demography

Rethinking Demography Today: Constraints and strategies

In recent years, demographic concerns have been part of the social and economic debate in Europe and worldwide. Portugal is no exception in this matter as the accelerating aging of the population, the continuous declining of the fertility, the reversing of in and out migration, and the patterns of within migration have increased the awareness on these demographic challenges at national level. Thus, it is urgent to identify and understand the broad implications of these demographic changes and its social consequences: impact in health systems, social security and education, in the labor market, consumption patterns, investment and savings, in the economic growth and well-being of the population; from a broader point of view, these changes have implications on inter-generational relations, family formation and stability, distinct forms of partnership relations, motivations for fertility, individual decision making on health and active aging among others. This widespread range of implications demands the rethinking the role of Demography in the debate on a sustainable response to the demographic challenges ahead.

The IV Portuguese Congress of Demography invites participants to rethink demography. It aims at being a forum for discussion of academia and policy-oriented research in the fields of demography and population studies. We seek contributions that develop along methods and techniques of demographic analysis and social determinants of the demographic behavior that explain population dynamics. This covers other scientific fields such as sociology, economics, human geography, history, anthropology, or biology.


  By July 31st 2012 After July 31st 2012 (*)
APD members 60€ 80€
Students (APD members) 25€ 35€
Other students 40€ 60€
Nonmembers APD 100€ 140€
(*) Participants delivering a communication (either oral or poster) should register no later than July 31st 2012; other cases are requested to register by September 1st 2012.

Registrations, abstracts submission and information about payments are carried out by registering on-line at:

Abstracts Submission

By June 30th 2012 – Submission of an abstract or extended (preferred) abstract of the paper (up to 10 000 characters).

Download our abstract model and use the specified formatting .

By July 23th 2012 – Notification on the acceptance of the abstract.

Participants with approved posters must bring one printed copy to the Congress and post it on a room to be announced.

Abstracts which are approved will be published in digital format in a publication with ISBN reference number (Book of Abstracts). Depending on the financial success of the Congress, the proceedings will be published and disseminated at international level by Springer-Verlag. Those interested are invited to submit papers in English by 30th November 2012. Articles submitted for publication in the proceedings will be subject to peer review and their publication subject to the approval of the referees.


APD - Associação Portuguesa de Demografia
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Secretariat: Filomena Rodrigues (telemóvel: 925557550)

CIDEHUS - Centro Interdisciplinar de História, Culturas e Sociedades da Universidade de Évora
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Phone: 266706581
S Secretariat: Carla Malheiro e Madalena Vaz Freire

UE – Departamento de Sociologia
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Phone: +351 266 740 805
Fax: +351 266 740 809
Secretariat: Teresa Raleira