International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)
The Union was officially founded in 1928, at a meeting in Paris, which followed the International Population Conference held in Geneva during the preceding year (August 29 - September 3, 1927). This was the first World Population Conference - it was organised by Margaret Sanger - stressing the crucial nature of the population problems and their influence on social, economic and political situations. At the end of the scientific meetings of the Conference, there was a meeting of the Executive Committee which decided that (i) "a permanent international organisation should be set up to consider in a purely scientific spirit the problems of population and (ii) a provisional committee be chosen and entrusted with the duty of setting up such organisation".
It was decided that the Union become an association of individual members during the deliberative Assembly held in Washington on November 6-11, 1947 (decision ratified by postal ballot in 1948). The first list of members included 147 members from 32 countries.
Since its re-organisation in 1947 as "International Union for the Scientific Study of Population", the Union's membership has grown considerably and expanded to all regions of the world.
The IUSSP mission is to promote the scientific study of population, encourage exchange between researchers around the globe, and stimulate interest in population issues.
To further its mission, the IUSSP:
- organizes seminars and workshops to further scientific knowledge;
- organizes training and distance-learning activities to improve the research capacity;
- organizes the International Population Conference every four years to bring together the world specialists in the field;
- publishes outcomes of its scientific activities in a variety of publications, aimed at a scientific audience, policy makers or for the general public;
- maintains a website, to help its members collaborate in a variety of ways and to provide population information for a general audience.See more