IUSSP Bulletin Issue 36, June 2017 - International ...

IUSSP Bulletin Issue 36, June 2017 - International ...
IUSSP Bulletin ● Issue 36, June 2017
In this issue: 2017 Elections for Council and Committee on Nominations ●
Constitutional revision ● 2016 Annual Report ● International Population
Conference ● IUSSP contributions to UN migration and refugee compacts ● Data
Revolution activities ● African Francophone Network ● Population-Environment
activities ● Seminars and workshops ● News from the members ● Regional
population associations ● Other announcements ● N-IUSSP ● Calls for papers ●
Training opportunities ● Job opportunities ● Calendar

Elections 2017
Elections for Council members and officers will take place online from 30 July to 1 October 2017.
This year, IUSSP members are also invited to select candidates for the 2021 Committee on Nomi-
nations. The electoral list will include all (full) members in good standing as of 30 June. (read more)

Constitutional revision
A proposal to amend the Constitution will be presented to members shortly. Its aim is to clarify
certain definitions and procedures, introduce several items following suggestions from the
membership survey or from consultants, and make it easier for the IUSSP to adapt to an ever
faster changing environment. (read more)

2016 Annual Report
IUSSP’s Annual Activities and Management Report for 2016 is now available on the IUSSP
website. Read the 2016 Annual Report.

IPC 2017
IPC2017 scientific programme
The International Organizing Committee met on 13-14 April and approved the
preliminary scientific programme. All those interested in population research are
now invited to register to attend IPC 2017 in Cape Town, 29 October-4
November 2017. (read more)

Sponsored Research Leader Sessions
As a means to raise funds for the conference, the IUSSP has offered
organizations working in the population field the opportunity to organize
sessions to highlight research carried out or supported by their institution. Note
that there are still a few slots available. (see list)

Simultaneous translation in Cape Town
To allow all our colleagues, especially students and researchers from
Francophone Africa, to fully benefit from the Conference, donate to the Fund
set up for Simultaneous Translation.
(read more and donate!)

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IUSSP & the United Nations
IUSSP contributions to UN migration and
refugee compacts
In adopting the New York Declaration in September 2016, Member States of
the United Nations agreed to develop a global compact for safe, orderly and
regular migration. IUSSP Members are encouraged to contribute their expertise.
(read more)

Data Revolution activities
Recent research and training workshop
The IUSSP Scientific Panel on Big Data and Population Processes recently
organized workshops at the PAA in Chicago, at the World Wide Web Conference
in Perth, and at International AAAI Conference in Montreal. Their common goal
was to foster collaboration between demographers and computer scientists.
(read more)

Tutorial on Digital Demography at IC2S2
The IUSSP Scientific Panel on Big Data and Population Processes will run a
Tutorial on Digital Demography on 10 July at the 3rd Annual International
Conference on Computational Social Science in Cologne, Germany.
(read more)

African Francophone Network
50 Questions on the Demographic Dividend
The IUSSP Network on Strengthening Demographic Training in Francophone
Africa held a workshop on 31 March in Yaoundé to seek feedback from
specialized journalists to finalize the volume “50 Questions on the Demographic
Dividend in Africa” and further increase the journalists’ understanding of the
demographic dividend. (read more)

Population-Environment activities
Culture, belief systems, values, and the environment
The Population-Environment Research Network (PERN) held a cyberseminar
on culture, belief systems, values, and the environment from 15 to 26 May 2017.
The cyberseminar was kicked off with a webinar on 15 May, hosted by Future
Earth. Watch the webinar video and read the background paper, expert
contributions and postings.

IUSSP seminars and workshops
Mortality analysis and forecasting
The IUSSP Scientific Panel on Lifespan Extension with Varying Cause-of-death
Trajectories organized a seminar on Mortality Analysis and Forecasting in New
Delhi, India, 6-7 April 2017.
(read more)

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Subjective well-being and demography
The IUSSP Scientific Panel on Subjective Well-being and Demographic Events
organized a workshop on 26 April 2017 at the PAA Annual Meeting in Chicago
focused on integrating subjective well-being in the demographic research agenda.
(read more)

News from the members
Membership survey results
A summary report on the membership survey which was conducted online from 17 June to 21
August 2016 is now available on the IUSSP website. Read the membership survey report.

Members’ new publications
       Assisted Reproductive Technologies in the Global South and North Issues, Challenges and the Future,
        edited by Virginie Rozée and Sayeed Unisa.
     Intimate Interventions in Global Health: Family Planning and HIV Prevention in Sub-Saharan
        Africa, by Rachel Sullivan Robinson.
     Generaciones, cursos de vida y desigualdad social, coordinated by Marie-Laure Coubès, Patricio
        Solis and Maria Eugenia Cosio Zavala.
(read summaries)

New IUSSP members
234 new members and 284 new student associates joined the IUSSP between 1 March and 1 June
2017. (see list)

In memory

       Godelieve Masuy-Stroobant (1948 - 2017).

Regional population associations
2017 PAA Annual Meeting in Chicago
The IUSSP organized two pre-conference workshops and had an exhibit booth
at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA),
which was held in Chicago, 27-29 April. (read more)

2018 European Population Conference
The 2018 European Population Conference will be held at Vrije Universiteit
Brussel, in Belgium, 6-9 June 2018. EPC 2018 is a general population conference
with a focus next year on “Population, Diversity and Inequality”.
Deadline for submissions: 1 Oct 2017. (read more)

2018 APA Conference in Shanghai
Online submissions are now open for the 4th Asian Population Association
(APA) Conference, which will be held in Shanghai, China, 11-14 July 2018.
Deadline for submissions: 30 Sept 2017.
(read more)

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United Nations Population Fund
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin 1949-2017
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, passed away
suddenly on 4 June 2017. He was a global leader of public health and the
empowerment of women and young people, and strongly promoted human
rights in population and development. Read UNFPA Acting Executive Director
Dr. Natalia Kanem’s tribute.

Other announcements
Quetelet Journal
The Quetelet Journal is an open-access, thematic journal launched in 2013 by the
Center for Demographic Research of Université catholique de Louvain (UCL).
Articles are submitted to a double-blind review process. There is no publication
fee and all accepted papers are available online free of charge. (read more)

Big Data for Gender Challenge
Data2X is pleased to announce a Big Data for Gender Challenge, through which
they seek to catalyze innovative solutions to fill global gender data gaps on the
well-being of women and girls. Applicants may submit proposals for prizes of
$100,000 or $50,000. Deadline for submissions: 7 July 2017. (read more)

Scholarships for MSc students from sub-Saharan Africa
Sir Andrew Witty GSK Scholarships will provide support for 30 sub-Saharan
African scholars on any of the MSc programmes at LSHTM, including the MSc
in Demography and Health and the MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health
Research. (read more)

New editor search for PRPR
The Southern Demographic Association’s Publications Committee seeks
applications for the position of Co-Editor of Population Research and Policy Review
(PRPR) published by Springer. The incoming Co-Editor will begin working with
continuing Co-Editor Lynne Cossman in January 2018.
Deadline for applications: 1 August 2017. (read more)

N-IUSSP's recent articles
   Marriage is useless (for wages), by Alexandra Killewald and Ian Lundberg.
   Recent fertility changes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, by David
    Shapiro and Basile O. Tambashe.
   ISIS genocide of the Yazidi religious minority of Sinjar, Iraq, by Valeria Cetorelli, Isaac
    Sasson, Nazar Shabila and Gilbert Burnham.
   Non-cohabiting relationships: mainly a transitional situation, by Arnaud Regnier-Loilier.
   Population density interacts with sanitation to predict child health, by Diane Coffey and
    Payal Hathi.
   Teenage immigrants fare worse than younger immigrants in Norway, by Are Skeie Hermansen.
   Past fertility and living alone in later life in Spain, by David S. Reher and Miguel Requena.

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   Increasing residential age segregation in Britain, by Albert Sabater, Elspeth Graham and
    Nissa Finney.
   First birth postponement and fertility in Europe, by Hippolyte d’Albis, Angela Greulich and
    Gregory Ponthière.
   How comparable are self-reported health data on the older population in Europe? by
    Katherine Keenan, Else Foverskov and Emily Grundy.
   The demography of Trump’s wall, by Dudley L. Poston Jr. and Peter A. Morrison.
   The economic and fiscal impact of immigration in the US, by Francine D. Blau and
    Christopher Mackie.

IUSSP calls for papers
   IUSSP Seminar on Pandemics: Reflections on the Centennial of the 1918 Spanish Influenza
    Virus, Madrid, Spain, 27-29 November 2017. Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2017.

Other calls for papers
   Annual Meeting of the Southern Demographic Association (SDA) in Morgantown, United
    States, 25-27 Oct 2017. Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2017.
   Adolescent Health and Development in Southern Africa: Implications and Post- 2015 Devel-
    opment Agenda. South African Journal of Child Health. Deadline for submissions: 1 Aug 2017.
   4th Asian Population Association (APA) Conference, Shanghai, China, 11-14 July 2018.
    Deadline for submissions: 30 Sept 2017.
   2018 European Population Conference (EPC 2018), Brussels, Belgium, 6-9 June 2018.
    Deadline for submissions: 1 Oct 2017.
   Special Issue of International Journal of Population Studies. Deadline for submission: 31 Oct 2017.
   International Sociological Association, Joint Conference for the Research Committee on
    Family (RC06) & Population (RC 41) on the theme “Changing Demography–Changing
    Families”, Singapore, 17-19 May 2018. Deadline for submissions: 1 Nov 2017.

Training opportunities
   4th KOSTAT-UNFPA Summer Seminar on Population: Aging and NTA (Daejeon, Korea,
    23-29 July; Demography with R (Busan, Korea, 30 July-5 Aug); Migration Analysis (Seoul,
    Korea, 6-12 Aug 12). Deadline for applications: 23 June 2017.
   Call for workshop applications: Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health, South
    Africa, Johannesburg/Pretoria, South Africa, 18-22 Sept 2017. Deadline for applications: 30
    June 2017.
   Online Applied Demography programs to be offered by the Pennsylvania State University
    (Penn State). Deadline for applications: 1 July 2017.
   Advanced STATA: Programming and other techniques to make your life easier, London
    School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 6-10 November 2017. Fees: £1,315. Deadline for
    applications: 12 Oct 2017.

Job opportunities
Employment announcements
   Associate or Assistant Professor in Demography at Shanghai University. Applications will be
    received until position is filled.
   Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Monash
    University, Australia. Deadline for applications: 14 July 2017.

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Research grants/fellowship/post docs
   Postdoc or pre-doctoral researcher, ERC project CORRODE, Goethe-University
    Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Deadline for applications: 27 June 2017.
   Two-year post-doctoral fellowship on ageing, care and wellbeing at the Research and
    Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology (RECSM), Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona,
    Spain. Deadline for applications: 30 June 2017.
   Postdoctoral Research Associate, Global Aging and Community Initiative (GACI), Mount
    Saint Vincent University, Canada. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
   Intern - Research Assistant - Social Sciences. U.N. Economic Commission for Africa. Addis
    Ababa, Ethiopia. Deadline for applications: 30 Dec 2017.

Forthcoming IUSSP meetings & other events
   International Population Geography Conference, University of Washington, Seattle, United
    States, 29 June-1 July 2017.
   (IUSSP) Tutorial on Digital Demography at the 3rd Annual International Conference on
    Computational Social Science (IC2S2 2017), Cologne, Germany, 10-13 July 2017.
   IUSSP Seminar on Urban Health Transformations. Cambridge, United Kingdom, 11-12
    July 2017.
   EAPS Health, Morbidity, and Mortality workshop on the theme of "Historical and
    contemporary trends in morbidity and mortality", Novosibirsk, Russia, 19-21 July 2017.
   Summer School “Demography, Human Capital and Economic Growth”, Shanghai, China,
    19-23 July 2017.
   International Conference on "Partner Relationships, Residential Relocations and Housing in
    the Life Course", Cologne, Germany, 27-29 July 2017.
   IUSSP Seminar on Mortality: Past, Present and Future, Campinas, Brazil, 7-9 Aug 2017.
   Conference on Global Need for Formal Child Care. Montreal, Canada, 11 Aug 2017.
   Annual Conference of the European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR2017).
    Milan Italy, 31 Aug-2 Sep 2017.
   BSPS Annual Conference 2017, Liverpool, UK, 6-8 Sept 2017.
   25th annual workshop of the European Research Network on Transitions in Youth (TIY).
    Brussels, Belgium, 13-16 Sept 2017.
   Climate and Cities Conference 2017. Potsdam, Germany, 18-21 Sept 2017.
   International conference: Transnational families and divorce: revisiting marital break-up in
    times of global (im)mobilities. Nijmegen, Netherlands, 27-29 Sep 2017.
   15th Meeting of the European Network for the Sociological and Demographic Study of
    Divorce. Antwerp, Belgium, 5-7 Oct 2017.
   Workshop on OBOR Strategy and Its Implications for International Migration and Socio-
    ecological Changes. Shanghai, China, 10-11 Oct 2017.
   SLLS Annual International Conference. Multidisciplinary Collaboration in Longitudinal and
    Lifecourse Research. Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom, 11-13 Oct 2017.
   II International Congress - Cities through History: Society. Guimarães, Portugal, 18-20 Oct
   Workshop on (New-ish) Methods and Data for Exploring Group Inequalities. Bath, United
    Kingdom, 19-20 Oct 2017.
   Annual Meeting of the Southern Demographic Association (SDA) in Morgantown, United
    States, 25-27 Oct 2017.
   11th World Congress on Adolescent Health: Investing in Adolescent Health - the Future is
    Now. New Delhi, India, 27-29 Oct 2017.
   International Population Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, 29 Oct-4 Nov 2017.

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   European Congress on Family Science 2017. Vienna, Austria, 9-11 Nov 2017.
   IUSSP Seminar on Pandemics: Reflections on the Centennial of the 1918 Spanish
    Influenza Virus, Madrid, Spain, 27-29 Nov 2017.
   43nd Quetelet Conference, 2017. The demography of refugees and displaced populations.
    Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 29-30 Nov 2017.
   International Sociological Association (ISA) Joint Conference for RC06 (Family) & RC41
    (Population). Singapore, 17-19 May 2018.
   European Population Conference 2018 (EPC 2018). Brussels, Belgium, 6-9 June 2018.
   4th Asian Population Association (APA) Conference. Shanghai, China, 11-14 July 2018.
   2018 World Social Science Forum. Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. 25-28 Sept 2018.

Submit your announcements
Share news from your institution and region so that we can keep all IUSSP members informed
about recent or forthcoming events and opportunities in the population field: conferences, jobs,
post-docs, and research grants. Please send the information to contact@iussp.org and remember
to include important dates for application deadlines (and photos when appropriate). For inclusion
in the next Bulletin, please send information by 1 September 2017.

IUSSP Bulletin / Bulletin de l’UIESP
Publication Director: Mary Ellen Zuppan, IUSSP Executive Director
ISSN: 2427–0059

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Council and Committee on Nominations Elections
Elections for IUSSP Officers and Council members for 2018-2021 will take place from 30 July
to 1 October 2017. This year, IUSSP Members are also invited to select candidates for the 2021
Committee on Nominations (read below).

IUSSP election procedures
All current and confirmed members of the IUSSP have the right to vote. Student associates do
not vote in the elections. The electoral list for both elections will include all (full) members in
good standing by 30 June.
Elections are now organized via the Internet, using a secure external online voting company,
eBallot (formerly Votenet Solutions), an Internet voting service that provides online voting for a
large number of associations and companies. Before the vote opens on 30 July, members will
receive an email with their username and password so that they can access the ballot and vote.
The electoral procedure will be controlled by an Election Committee composed of Géraldine
Duthé, Ann Moore and Julio Ortega.
The rules governing IUSSP elections can be found in Article 11 of the IUSSP Constitution.
Candidates for IUSSP Council
The Committee on Nominations nominated 2 candidates for each position on Council, including
the two officer positions: the Vice President and the Secretary General and Treasurer. In the
IUSSP Constitution, the Vice President succeeds to the President, who is therefore not elected
directly. The ballot, however, will include a vote to elect the outgoing IUSSP President as
Honorary President.
Members were also invited to nominate additional candidates for Council. One additional
candidate was proposed (with the required number of members in support of his candidacy) and
will be added to the ballot.
Candidates proposed by the Committee on Nominations:

Vice President
                                            Wang Feng                Shireen Jejeebhoy
(President Elect 2022-25)
                                            (China)                  (India)
(1 seat, two nominees)

Secretary General and
                                            Patrick Deboosere        Nico van Nimwegen
                                            (Belgium)                (Netherlands)
(1 seat, two nominees)

Council member
                                            Ayaga Bawah              Jean-Francois Kobiané
  for Africa
                                            (Ghana)                  (Burkina Faso)
(1 seat, two nominees)

Council member                              Mohammad Jalal
                                                                     Samir KC
  for Asia and Oceania                      Abbasi-Shavazi
(1 seat, two nominees)                      (Iran)

Council member
                                            Mikko Myrskylä           Clémentine Rossier
  for Europe
                                            (Finland)                (Switzerland/Burkina Faso)
(1 seat, two nominees)

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Council member
                                            Wanda Cabella               Suzana Cavenaghi
  for Latin-America
                                            (Uruguay)                   (Brazil)
(1 seat, two nominees)

Council member
                                            Irma Elo                    David Lam
 for North-America
                                            (United States)             (United States)
(1 seat, two nominees)

                         Council Member at large (4 seats*, 8 nominees)

Sajeda Amin                                           Samuel Clark
(Bangladesh)                                          (United States)

Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue                              Edith Gray
(Cameroon)                                            (Australia)

Fernando Lozano                                       Letizia Mencarini
(Mexico)                                              (Italy)

France Meslé                                          Zitha Mokomane
(France)                                              (Botswana)
*Based on the assumption that IUSSP membership remains below 2,000 on 30 June 2017.
Additional candidate proposed by the membership:
Clifford Odimegwu (Nigeria), presented as candidate for Council member at large.

Candidates for the 2021 Committee on Nominations
According to the IUSSP Constitution, the Committee on Nominations is to be elected by the
General Assembly (except for its chair, who is the outgoing President) and all its members must
have different citizenships. Given that this procedure is potentially time-consuming and not
particularly democratic, the IUSSP Council proposes this year that the membership select the
members of the next Committee on Nominations, a vote which will need to be formally ratified
by the General Assembly in Cape Town. The IUSSP Council selected 15 members from all
different regions. In each region, the member receiving the most votes will be elected. In addition
to those five members, the candidate who received the most votes will also be elected as 6
members need to be elected to the Committee on Nominations.
The list of candidates proposed for the 2021 Committee on Nominations will be sent to
members soon.

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2017 Constitutional Revision
A proposal to amend the Constitution will be presented to members in the coming weeks. It is
the first step in a long process that will include discussion and a vote at the next General
Assembly in Cape Town, followed, if the General Assembly adopts the revision, by a final vote
by IUSSP members before the end of the year.
This revision does not seek to fundamentally alter the way the IUSSP functions. Its principal aim
is to clarify, simplify, adapt the Constitution to new technologies and, last but not least, allow the
IUSSP to adapt more easily if needed. Indeed, in the current Constitution, most changes require a
General Assembly (which occurs only every 4 years).
The main changes would be:
    1. The creation of a by-laws section, which can be changed by Council rather than through a
       Constitutional revision. The aim is to increase flexibility but also to include some additional
       written rules to guide the Council. These by-laws would include: a) articles dealing with the
       specific procedures pertaining to membership management, - these describe the way IUSSP
       functions since having switched to using online membership software; b) articles dealing
       with the details of the electoral procedures.
    2. The possibility to organize an Online General Assembly of members, if the
       membership needs to be formally consulted without having to wait several years.
    3. The possibility for the IUSSP to affiliate with other organizations without calling a
       General Assembly and the possibility for organizations to affiliate with the IUSSP (but
       without granting them voting rights).
    4. A simplification of the Constitutional revision process.
    5. The clarification of roles of the Council members, Officers and Executive Director.

IPC2017 scientific programme
Preparations for IPC 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa are in full swing. At the 13-14 April
meeting of the International Organising Committee (IOC) in Paris, the preliminary scientific
programme was approved and plans for special sessions and plenaries were made in collaboration
with National Organising Committee (NOC) members from Statistics South Africa, and
representatives from UNFPA and the United Nations Population Division. On 15 April authors
were notified of paper acceptances and registration and travel assistance applications for the
Conference opened on the IUSSP website. All those interested in population research are
invited to register to attend the conference.

For the 2017 Conference there will be 240 session slots and room for approximately 1,000
posters. Some 216 session slots have been allocated for papers submitted via the Call for Papers
including 8 session slots for the African Population Day organized by the NOC. The IUSSP set
aside up to 20 session slots for Sponsored Research Leader Sessions, which are offered to
organizations who contribute a minimum of $10,000. Given the large number of submissions,
organizers had to waitlist or assign to the poster sessions many excellent papers.
All presenting authors of a communication were requested to register online by 15 June,. A
request for financial support was also considered temporarily as a means to secure the paper’s
place on the programme. Papers whose presenting author had not registered by 15 June will be
removed from the programme so that authors of waitlisted papers can be invited as replacements
with enough lead time to secure funding. Sessions with fewer than 3 papers will be merged with
other sessions. A tentative programme is available on the conference website. It will be updated
regularly as cancelled papers are replaced by waitlisted papers.
The IUSSP has now made decisions on travel support for participants on the programme. Over
700 IUSSP members submitted an application by the 15 May deadline. Unfortunately travel
funding for the 2017 International Population Conference is very limited and we were able to
offer funding only to 183 presenting authors, chairs, and discussants from middle- and low-
income countries in regular sessions. Travel support was provided thanks to funding from

UNFPA, Wellcome Trust, a grant made to support scholars involved in the Population and
Poverty (PopPov) Research Network, and funds received from organizations who are sponsoring
Research Leader Sessions. The IUSSP Council also voted to contribute a significant amount of
reserve funds to support travel grants. The NOC plans to fund an additional 50-100 participants.
The IOC hopes in the end to be able to offer at least partial funding to all presenting authors of
an oral communication on the programme from middle- and low-income countries who need
funding to attend. We regret, however, that we are currently unable to fund presenting authors of
many of the excellent papers that were accepted as posters. We thank the many participants, and
their institutions, who have been able to secure their own funding to register and attend the
There are now over 1,200 people registered to participate in the Conference and we expect many
more before the expiration of the reduced registration fees on 15 September 2017. Please check
the Conference website for more information on side meetings, exhibits, plenary sessions and
training events that will be organized before and during the Conference. The sessions will be
scheduled at the end June and the Conference schedule should be available online by early July.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in October in Cape Town.

Sponsored Research Leader Sessions
For the first time, the IUSSP is offering the opportunity for a limited number of organizations
working in the population field to organize a 90-minute session as part of the regular scientific
programme of the conference. The International Organizing Committee has set aside up to 20
session slots for Sponsored Research Leader Sessions, which are offered to organizations who
contribute a minimum of $10,000 which will go to provide travel support to developing country
participants to attend the conference.
This is a unique opportunity to highlight research on population issues carried out or supported
by your institution to the global community of leading population scholars and policy makers
who will be attending the Conference.
      Find out how to hold a Sponsored Research Leader Session.
Current list of Sponsored Research Leader Sessions:
    Measurement and family planning 2020: the role of data in moving from a global goal
     to country action.
     – Family Planning 2020
    From Rio 1992 to COP21. What have we learned about population-environment
     – French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED)
    Migration into the European Union: consequences of alternative migration scenarios
     on future population composition.
     – European Commission's Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC) / International Institute for Applied Systems
     Analysis (IIASA) / Centre of Expertise on Population and Migration (CEPAM)
    Abortion incidence - Indirect and direct estimates.
     – Guttmacher Institute
    Our next world – Rethinking demography.
     – World Demographic Forum in collaboration with the International Federation of Pharmaceutical
     Manufacturers & Associations
    Family planning, education, depopulation, and the environment.
     – University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
    Innovations in the analysis of disability dynamics.
     – Max Plank Institute for Demographic Research (MPDIR)
    Is your research reproducible? Common challenges and promising steps.
     – Guttmacher Institute

Note: Several other proposals for Sponsored Research Leader Sessions have been received but they are not yet

Simultaneous translation in Cape Town

IUSSP needs you!
As you know, the next International Population Conference will be held in Cape Town, South
Africa at the end of October 2017. This is the first time that the Conference will be held in sub-
Saharan Africa and it is very important to allow all our colleagues, especially students and
researchers from Francophone Africa, to fully benefit from the Conference by offering
simultaneous translation for as many sessions as possible.
Currently, the budget available does not allow us to provide simultaneous English/French
translation for all sessions. We are actively searching for additional funding.
We reach out to all IUSSP members to participate in this effort by making a specific
donation to the Translation Fund. Contribute even a small amount. Spread the word to your
colleagues. By doing this you will show your commitment to maintaining the multilingual
dimension of our association and to support the cultural diversity of the population sciences.
For a donation, click here.

IUSSP contributions to UN migration and refugee compacts
The International Population Conference in Cape Town will include some thirty sessions
focusing on refugee and migration issues and as well as a plenary session on International
Migration and an invited session organized by the UN Population Division, which will focus on
the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration (read below). Ellen Percy Kraly (Colgate
University), who represented the IUSSP in preparations for the Summit on Refugees and
Migrants (read previous article), invites IUSSP members to contribute their expertise on these
topics in preparation of forthcoming UN activities.
In adopting the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants in September 2016, Member
States of the United Nations agreed to develop a global compact for safe, orderly and regular
migration. The compact for migration will be described as “the first intergovernmentally
negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, to cover all
dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner.” Separately, the
General Assembly is expected to adopt a global compact on refugees in the fall of 2018.
In order to formally adopt the global migration compact, an intergovernmental conference will
be convened in September 2018. It is expected that the conference will produce a programme of
action that could, potentially, drive the global migration policy agenda for decades to come.
(Compare with the Programme of Action adopted at the 1994 International Conference on
Population and Development, which continues to drive population policies, programmes, and
research around the world.)
During 2017, the General Assembly will convene six informal sessions to gather information on
the following themes: (1) human rights of migrants; (2) regular and irregular migration; (3)
migration governance; (4) migrant contributions to development; (5) drivers of migration, and (6)
human trafficking and migrant smuggling. In recognition of the crucial contribution of the global
research community to the preparations of the global migration compact, the President of the
General Assembly will also convene several informal hearings with civil society, the private
sector, academia and migrants over the course of the next 12 months. The IUSSP intends to
actively contribute to the preparations of the global migration compact, as it did for the NY

The discussion and analysis among governments of processes of human mobility can benefit
greatly from the methods and materials of the population sciences. The professional community
of demographers and other population scientists can contribute much needed evidence on
international migration as well as creative perspectives on demographic data, measurement and
estimation regarding both voluntary and forced migrations, including their causes and
consequences at multiple geographic scales, and the experience and life course of individual
Fortuitously, the preparations for the global conference coincide with the International
Population Conference in Cape Town in October-November 2017. An invited session at the IPC
focusing on the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration is being organized by the
UN Population Division. A critical objective of the session will be to finalize a statement by the
IUSSP concerning priority needs for data and research on international migration, whether
voluntary or forced, as a means of improving the information available on migration trends and
migrant characteristics, and of promoting a better understanding of the causes and consequences
of international migration.
Holding consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the IUSSP is
formally considered to be a stakeholder in all consultations related to UN programs and activities
in the area of development. The 2017 International Population Conference in Cape Town
provides an important opportunity for population researchers to contribute to what could
potentially be a major milestone in global efforts to improve the governance of international
migration in all its dimensions and to share more equitably the responsibility for assisting forced
migrants and displaced populations throughout the world.
Members (and non-members) of the IUSSP are encouraged to participate in these and other
activities of the organization concerning international migration, including refugees.
Population scientists interested in contributing expertise to the development of a formal
statement by the IUSSP concerning population data and research to promote evidence-based
migration policies may contact John Wilmoth or Bela Hovy of the UN Population Division for
further information.
Those interested in developing IUSSP contributions to the various events, sessions and hearings
taking place as part of the preparatory process for the migration compact or the refugee
compact are invited to contact Ellen Kraly.

Recent research and training workshops on social media data
Thanks to financial support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to the IUSSP and
the Population Association of America (PAA) to support demographers' participation in the Data
Revolution, the IUSSP Panel on Big Data and Population Processes recently organized three
workshops with the main goal of fostering collaboration and favoring communication between
demographers and computer scientists.
Training Workshop on Social Media and Demographic Methods at the Annual Meeting
of the Population Association of America (PAA), Chicago, United States, 26 April 2017.
This training workshop focused on accessing Social Media data and analyzing them using
computational and demographic methods. The workshop provided an introduction to tools like
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for collecting data from social media. Emilio
Zagheni, Lee Fiorio and Kivan Polimis (University of Washington) led hands-on activities related
to the programmatic use of the Twitter and Facebook Adverts Manager APIs. The workshop
also presented examples of demographic and computational methods that can be used to gain
insights from social media data, and generated discussions among the 45 participants about
recent developments in the emerging field of digital demography. Materials for the workshop are
available here.
Tutorial on Digital Demography at the 26th International World Wide Web Conference
(WWW2017), Perth, Australia, 4 April 2017.
This tutorial, led by Ingmar Weber (Qatar Computing Research Institute) and Bogdan State
(Stanford University), offered an overview of fundamental concepts in demographic research.
The first part showcased traditional data collection and analysis methods such as census
microdata, the construction of a basic life table, panel datasets and survival analysis. The second
part presented a number of studies that have tried to overcome limitations of traditional
approaches by using innovative methods and data sources ranging from geo-tagged tweets to
online genealogy. Emphasis was given on methodological challenges such as issues related to
bias, as well as on how to collect open data from the World Wide Web. Materials for the tutorial
are available here.
Workshop on Social Media and Demographic Research: Applications and Implications at
the 11th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM-17),
Montreal, Canada, 15 May 2017.
This research workshop, led by Emilio Zagheni (University of Washington), Ingmar Weber
(Qatar Computing Research Institute) and Tom Le Grand (University of Montreal), brought
together the community of demographers from Montreal and elsewhere, and the community of
computer scientists who regularly attend ICWSM, for a lively research forum on recent
developments to leverage traditional and new data sources. The program and the slides are
available here.

Tutorial on Digital Demography
Cologne, Germany, Monday, 10 July 2017; 14:30-17:45
This tutorial is organized by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Big Data and Population
Processes as a side event at the 3rd Annual International Conference on Computational
Social Science (IC2S2 2017), Cologne, Germany, 10-13 July 2017.
To register for this tutorial please: REGISTER HERE. (Sign-up for single tutorials may be
closed if the maximum capacity is reached.)
If you have trouble registering please contact the organizers: Bogdan State (Stanford University)
or Ingmar Weber (Qatar Computing Research Institute).

This tutorial, led by Bogdan State (Stanford University) and Ingmar Weber (Qatar Computing
Research Institute) will review the emergence of increasingly diverse computational methods and
digital datasets in demography. The tutorial will be split into two parts. The first part will provide
an overview of traditional statistical methods and data collection techniques in demography. The
second part will focus on current innovation digital data and methods is facilitating in the study
of human populations. The tutorial will cover similar material as the one presented in at the
WWW 2017 Digital Demography Tutorial in Perth, Australia, material for which is
available here.
Note: No travel support is available for this workshop.
Demography is the science of human populations and, at its most basic, focuses on the processes
of (i) fertility, (ii) mortality and (iii) mobility. Whereas modern states are typically in a reasonable
position to keep records on both fertility and mortality, through birth and death registrations, as
well as through censuses, measuring the mobility of populations represents a particular challenge
due to reasons ranging from inconsistencies in official definitions across countries, to the
difficulty of quantifying illegal migration. At the same time, mere numbers, whether on births,
deaths or migration events, shed little light on the underlying causes, hence providing insufficient
information to policy makers.
The use of digital methods and data sources, ranging from social media data to web search logs,
offers possibilities to address some of the challenges of traditional demography by (i) improving
existing statistics or helping to create new ones, and (ii) enriching statistics by providing context
related to the drivers of demographic changes. This tutorial will help to familiarize participants
with research in this area. First, we will give an overview of fundamental concepts in
demographic research including the population equation. We also showcase traditional data
collection and analysis methods such as census microdata, the construction of a basic life table,
panel datasets and survival analysis.
In the second part, we present a number of studies that have tried to overcome limitations of
traditional approaches by using innovative methods and data sources ranging from geo-tagged
tweets to online genealogy. We will put particular emphasis on (i) methodological challenges such
as issues related to bias, as well as on (ii) how to collect open data from the World Wide Web.
The slides and other material for this tutorial are available
at: https://sites.google.com/site/digitaldemography/.

Workshop on the "50 questions on the Demographic
Dividend in Africa"
Yaoundé, Cameroon, 31 March 2017
Organized by the IUSSP Network on Strengthening Demographic Training in
Francophone Africa (FraNet)
The Network's Steering Committee :
• Chair: Parfait Eloundou Enyegue (Cornell University)
• Members: Gervais Beninguisse (Institut de Formation et de Recherche
Démographiques), Philippe Bocquier (Université Catholique de Louvain), Valérie Delaunay
(Institut de Recherche pour le Développement), Jean François Kobiané (Université Ouaga I Pr
Joseph Ki-Zerbo), Richard Marcoux (Université de Laval).

This workshop on the “50 Questions on the Demographic Dividend in Africa” communication
document was held on 31 March 2017 in Yaoundé, Cameroon at the headquarters of Cameroon
National Association for Family Welfare (CAMNAFAW), a local branch of the International
Planned Parenthood Federation). This workshop is part of the activities of the IUSSP Network
for the Strengthening of Demographic Training in Francophone Africa (FraNet) and was
organized in collaboration with the Cellule d'Appui à la Recherche et à l'Enseignement des
Institutions Francophones d'Afrique (CARE-IFA) and the Institut de Formation et de Recherche
Démographiques (IFORD) and with financial support from The William and Flora Hewlett
The workshop was facilitated by professors Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue and Gervais Béninguissé.
Participants in the workshop were some 15 journalists from the Health and Development
Network (JNMAP/REJOSADE), a partner of choice for this activity given its interest in health
and development issues in general and reproductive health in particular.

               Professors Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue and Gervais Béninguissé facilitated the meeting.

This one-day workshop consisted in working to simplify and adapt a communication document
entitled "50 Questions on the Demographic Dividend" so as to facilitate its understanding by a
wider audience. This workshop follows a series of training workshops to analyze the
demographic dividend in Africa with a focus on education (Ouagadougou November 2013;
Yaoundé, March-April 2014) and economic growth (Ouagadougou, September 2014, Yaoundé;
January 2015; Johannesburg, November and December 2015).

The main goal of the workshop was to take advantage of the journalists’ expertise by asking them
to provide critical feedback on the “50 questions” document on both the content and the form
and illustrations. At the same time, this exercise helped deepen the journalists’ understanding of
the concept of demographic dividend, which in turn will help them disseminate this information
to the public.
See also:
• The workshop report (in French).
• The FraNet network's web page.
Funding: The IUSSP Network for Strengthening the Demographic Training in Francophone
Africa is supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

                                          Workshop sessions

                                      Journalists and researchers.

Cyberseminar on Culture, Beliefs and the Environment
15 May 2017 to 19 May 2017
Background Papers: Religious belief and environmental challenges in the 21st century
       View Postings
       PERN Webinar Video
Invited Experts

Vegard Skirbekk (Columbia Aging Center and
                                                     Culture and Demographic Development
Norwegian Institute of Public Health)

                                                     Focusing on Demographic Differential
Raya Muttarak (IIASA)

Richard Wilk (Department of Anthropology,            Without Consumer Culture, There is No
Indiana University)                                  Environmental Crisis

Tom Dietz (Department of Sociology, Michigan
                                                     Culture, Environmental Risk Perception and
State University), Rachael Shwom (Department
of Human Ecology, Rutgers University)

This cyberseminar featured a webinar hosted by Future Earth. The webminar summarized the
background paper, and introduced the themes being addressed by the other expert panelists.
This Population-Environment Research Network (PERN) cyberseminar focuses on culture,
belief systems, values, and the environment. The world is facing dramatic demographic shifts,
and these are associated with different cultural values and belief systems that have implications
for the environment. Industrialized countries face rapid aging while developing countries have
large children and youth populations. These different patterns, and the cultural values and beliefs
associated with them, have implications for population dynamics and how societies relate to the
environment and how they are impacted by environmental changes and hazards. This relatively
little studied area of the population-environment nexus is ripe for new discoveries.
Culture, belief systems and values are central to environmental decision making and behavior and
to how people perceive and respond to risks and crises. Census, survey, focus group and other
demographic data collection methods are central to understanding belief systems as they relate to
the demographic makeup of society, including racial and ethnic groups, age and sex distribution,
education attainment, and geographic factors. The cyberseminar will address a number of topics,
including: (1) cultural attitudes and values as they relate to perceptions of the environment; (2)
culture, belief systems, values and environmentally significant consumption patterns; (3) religious
beliefs and their implications for age structure and population growth; (4) how religious and
other beliefs vary by population composition; and (5) vulnerability and perceptions of risk as they
relate to different demographic groups.
This cyberseminar is co-organized with the Columbia Aging Center.

IUSSP Seminar on Mortality analysis and forecasting
New Delhi, India, 6-8 April 2017
Organized by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Lifespan Extension with Varying Cause-of-
death Trajectories, in collaboration with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Max Planck
Odense Center (MaxO) and the Australian National University (ANU).
Organizing Committee:
   Nandita Saikia (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
   Vladimir Canudas-Romo (Max-Planck Odense Center).
The International Seminar on Mortality Analysis and Forecasting was held 6-8 April 2017 at the
Jawaharlal Nehru University, in New Delhi, India. The meeting received generous support from
the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation as well as from Jawaharlal Nehru
The scientific programme consisted in 24 presentations in regular sessions and 11 flash
presentations (3-4 minute presentations of slides focusing on the highlights of a poster). The
third day of the meeting was devoted to providing hands-on training in R on mortality analysis to
PhD students who had attended the seminar. A total of 35 presenters and 15 additional
researchers participated in the seminar. Participants represented a variety of disciplines –
demographers, statisticians, economists and public health specialists – and included senior
reserachers, junior faculty as well as PhD or master students from the Centre for the Study of
Regional Development (CSRD) at JNU.

The seminar focused on themes related to mortality and causes of death studies in India and the
region, and forecasting methodologies in international settings, as well as methodologies for
countries with limited data. The goal of the seminar was not to answer a single question but to try
to bring together researchers from developing and developed countries with an interest in
mortality. More specifically, the objectives of the seminar were: i) to present studies on the past
and present of mortality and causes of death in India and the region; ii) to highlight new
methodologies on mortality forecasting; and iii) to discuss possible forecasting methodologies to
be used for countries with deficient data.
Among the serious concerns discussed at the meeting was the availability of reliable data on
deaths and population. For example, the National Statistical Office of India does not publish
yearly death counts by age and sex, but produces already modeled life tables. This discussion was
further highlighted when colleagues from the “Million deaths study” presented their data, but did
not have a date for the possible public dissemination of the information to researchers.

Researchers have had to use alternative data sources to do their demographic work, and very
inventive sources of information were highlighted during the seminar. Although not discussed a
new source of data has started in India which could change completely the paradigm of data
information in the country, namely the scanning of 1.2 billion people in the Aadhaar project. It
would be vital for the future work of demographers in the country that this information also is
made available to researchers.
Read also:
   The seminar programme and participant list.

IUSSP Workshop on Subjective Well-being and Demography
Integrating subjective well-being in the demographic research agenda
Chicago, United States, 26 April 2017
Organized by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Subjective Well-being and Demographic
Principal organizer: Letizia Mencarini (Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public
This workshop was organized as a side-meeting before the 2017 Annual Meeting of the
Population Association of America, which took place in Chicago, 27-29 April 2017. The side
meeting was an informal workshop for scientists interested in integrating subjective well-being
into the analysis of demographic processes. As was also clear from the background of the
participants, the workshop had a clear interdisciplinary agenda, capturing insights from
demography, economics, sociology and psychology. The workshop was based on an initial call
for papers, for which many high quality papers where received, more than could be
accommodated in the two sessions of the workshop.
The meeting was introduced by Letizia Mencarini (chair of the IUSSP scientific group), who gave
an overview of the literature, with a focus on areas in which the concept of subjective well-being
is being used in conjunction with studying demographic events and processes. She then moved
on to give an overview of the gaps of this literature and potential weaknesses, which the research
community may want to address. She also provided several suggestions for new lines of research.
In the first session Kelsey O'Connor from University of Southern California presented a paper in
which he analysed the impact of the Great Recession across different demographic groups in the
US. He reported that the Recession’s far-reaching consequences were not equally felt. The
foreign-born fared the worst, men worse than women, and non-youth worse than youth, where
declining income and rising unemployment best explain the effects. This analysis is based on data
from the General Social Survey (1972 to 2014). The analysis was based on individuals’ level
regressions, including macro control variables as a means to estimate group-specific trends and
deviations from trend occurring in 2008 and 2010.
The second paper was presented by Daniele Vignoli (co-authored by Gianmario Alderotti) and
focussed on the impact of term-limited working contracts on fertility intentions, bringing in the
role of subjective well-being. The analysis is novel in the sense that the population on limited
contracts is heterogeneous. It ranges from those in precarious situations, who move from one
short-term contract to another to high career achievers where movements across contracts are
part of their career progression. These two types of workers will most likely report strong
differences in subjective wellbeing, and indeed the analysis indicates how controlling for
subjective well-being enables the analysts to distinguish these groups - and show that the effect
on fertility intentions indeed differ.
The third paper, entitled "Son Preference, Parental Satisfaction, and Sex Ratio Transition", was
presented by Kageyama Junji of Meikai University (co-authors Risa Hagiwara, Kazuma Sato and
Eriko Teramura). This paper considered to what extent whether reported subjective well-being is
affected differently depending on the gender of the children born. The focus is put on societies
with strong gender preferences for children. They perform the analysis for different subjective
well-being domains.
The fourth paper was presented by Nicolò Cavalli (university of Oxford), with the title
"Assortative mating in subjective wellbeing and fertility outcomes. This paper tackles a highly
interesting issue not often dealt with in the literature - though as also pointed out by Mr Cavalli,
is hard to resolve from an empirical point of view. The idea is that individuals may systematically

form partnership - in part - driven by their subjective wellbeing. Using the Understanding Society
survey (i.e. the former BHPS) he presented various strategies for identifying whether this is
indeed id the case. His preliminary analysis suggests that there is potentially an important effect in
that not only may subjective well-being itself increase your chances for finding a partner, but they
tend to have a systematic matching based on their subjective well-being.
The fifth paper was presented by Wang Jia of University of Wisconsin (co-author: Shu Cai - Jinan
University). The title of the paper was "Less Advantaged, More Optimistic? Subjective Well-
Being among Rural, Migrant and Urban Populations in Contemporary China". Apart from
presenting analysis from the recent national data set from China Family Panel Studies, for which
the panel was not very familiar with, the study provided new evidence regarding the subjective
well-being puzzle across multiple indicators among rural, migrant and urban populations in
contemporary China. The results show that rural people on average have higher level of life
satisfaction and are more confident about the future than migrants or urban residents, despite
their disadvantaged economic situation. The decomposition analyses reveal subjective social
status plays a substantial role in accounting for the group disparities in life satisfaction and
confidence, whereas objective social status and experiences of social mobility have less
explanatory power. These findings suggest the importance of within-group comparison in
shaping individuals’ well-being in segregated societies such as China.
The final paper was presented by Letizia Mencarini of Bocconi University (Co-authors: Pierluigi
Conzo (University of Torino) and Giulia Fuochi (University of Padua) and concerned the impact
of childbearing on subjective wellbeing for men and women of different ages (i.e. different life
stages) in rural Ethiopia. This is an important contribution because it is among the very few
studies of fertility and subjective well-being in low income settings. They show that fertility has a
detrimental effect on subjective well-being for women in the short run (i.e. when children are
born and are young), whereas there is a positive effect of fertility for men's subjective well-being
in order age. The study is useful as it explains the fertility & poverty puzzle so often highlighted
for low-income countries. Essentially it confirms anthropological studies that social status (and
hence subjective well-being) is increased for men in old age if they have a large number of
children (which is otherwise counter-productive in terms of poverty.
The workshop was wrapped up by Hans-Peter Kohler who discussed the contributions and
discussed further directions for research - incorporating the findings presented in the side-
meeting. One important contribution was made by Art Liefbroer, who argued that one weakness
of most existing surveys is that questions concerning subjective well-being tend to be too broad.
Generally questions are framed either as a general 10-point scale measure about Happiness or life
satisfaction. However, as family life, childbearing included, consists of a range of elements and
domains, one needs to consider expanding existing surveys to better captures those
particularities. This concern was confirmed by panel members, but they also pointed out (e.g.
Letizia Mencarini) that some surveys do ask subjective well-being questions for different
domains, and there is an indication that indeed subjective well-being domains react differently to
demographic events.

See also:
 Call for papers
 Programme
 Report

Funding: Financial support for the meeting was provided by SWELL-FER Subjective Well-
being and Fertility, ERC n. StG-313617, PI. Letizia Mencarini.

Godelieve Masuy-Stroobant (1948-2017)
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our
colleague and friend Godelieve Masuy-Stroobant on May 22, aged
69. Professor Emeritus since 2013, Godelieve was during 44 years
one of the key members of the Center for Demographic Research
of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), which she led from
2006 to 2009. She was very appreciated for her engagement in
teaching. Godelieve was also a renowned researcher who greatly
contributed to the scientific advancement of our discipline.
Her main research interests were related to the history of child health and mortality from the
19th century to the present, and the procedures for recording vital events. Godelieve was a
scientific advisor to the Belgian “Office National de l’Enfance” (ONE) since 1987, acted as a
member of the Higher Council of Statistics (Conseil supérieur de la Statistique) for many years.
Her involvement in the civil society was also very important.
Through her dynamism and enthusiasm, Godelieve has definitely left her mark on UCL’s Center
for Demographic Research, but she has also inspired generations of students and PhD researchers.
We will surely all miss her.
Centre for Demographic Research Université catholique de Louvain.

Testimonial by Jacques Vallin :
Quel choc ! Godelieve nous a quittés. On aurait pourtant presque pu la croire immortelle, tant elle était vivante !
En tout cas on ne s’attendait vraiment pas à un départ si précoce… c’était tout simplement impensable.
Godelieve était une femme formidable, extraordinairement rayonnante, attachante, entraînante, subjuguante,
émouvante, chaleureuse, humaine, intelligente… Tous ceux qui l’ont connue, aimée, admirée, ou simplement
côtoyée, ne serait-ce même qu’une seule fois, éprouvent aujourd’hui un profond sentiment d’injustice.
J’ai croisé Godelieve pour la première fois dans les années 1970 au cours d’une réunion d’échange à Paris entre
chercheurs de l’INED et de l’UCL. Tout de suite elle m’a fasciné. Encore le mot est-il trop faible. Sa fraicheur,
sa beauté, son magnétisme, sa parole claire et chargée de sens, son discours scientifique construit et convaincant,
ancré dans les questions sociales et notamment celle des inégalités de santé et de mortalité. Je suis immédiatement
tombé sous le charme. Et nos rencontres ultérieures ne m’ont jamais désenchanté. C’était toujours un grand plaisir
de converser avec elle. Elle fourmillait d’idées et ne tarissait jamais de commentaires pertinents, parfois tristes
parfois plus joyeux, sur les maux de notre siècle, les injustices de nos sociétés, qu’elles soient du nord ou du sud, les
remèdes qu’on pourrait y apporter. Nous n’étions pas toujours d’accord mais elle avait toujours de bons arguments
et, souvent, elle réussissait à me convaincre de réviser les miens. Son aptitude à parler était merveilleuse, parfois je
me contentais de savourer de longs moments à l’écouter.
C’est certainement grâce à cette faculté d’exprimer qu’elle a pu surmonter les graves épreuves que la vie lui a
imposées. Je me souviendrai toujours de la lettre que j’ai reçue à la mort de David et de ses confidences sur de graves
soucis que beaucoup auraient considéré trop intimes pour en parler. Et son écoute des problèmes des autres était à
la hauteur de ses propres confidences.
Comme tous mes collègues j’ai bien sûr énormément apprécié les échanges scientifiques avec Godelieve. Mais ce qui
m’a le plus marqué c’est son art de traiter des questions plus personnelles, toujours avec lucidité, sobrement mais
vraiment. Loin de l’éloigner de son accomplissement personnel, son questionnement scientifique s’enrichissait con-
stamment de son approche humaniste du monde, de sa générosité aux autres, des plus proches aux plus lointains.
À tous, elle nous manque terriblement.
Jacques Vallin

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