Side Meetings

Side Meetings

Use the environment of this major international conference for a meeting to engage in scientific exchange. A side meeting offers you the opportunity to organize a working group meeting with other colleagues who also participate in the conference. Side meetings can only take place outside the times of the scientific conference program.

 

GIS Workshop

August 30 2016

Population researchers have access to a huge range of spatial data, so being able to visualise, interpret and analyse this information is an important skill. This workshop is aimed at population researchers who want to use GIS software to visualise the geographic coverage of their data. The session addresses the basics of visualising spatial data and analysing results before moving on to techniques for identifying patterns and trends.

This is a hands on course where participants will use open source GIS software to visualise and analyse population data. The workshop uses QGIS, a software platform that researchers can use without the need for an expensive licence so skills learned can easily be applied elsewhere. Beginner and intermediate users are welcome as there will be a range of material on offer. Participants are asked to bring their own laptops to the training session and instructions for downloading and installing the QGIS software will be sent out prior to the workshop.

The workshop will consist of two three hour sessions. The morning session will cover the basics of cartographic design (colour schemes, co-ordinate systems, types of geographic representation) and data preparation. The afternoon system will introduce some more advanced techniques for spatial analysis (e.g. clustering and cartograms). Participants are welcome to bring their own datasets for exploration, so long as they have (or know where to access) the geographic boundaries.

Cost: The workshop is supported by EAPS, so there will be no participation cost. Registration is required, first come, first served, and there will be a small cost for refreshments (morning and afternoon tea, sandwich lunch). Details to follow. Registration limit 25 people

If you are interested in participating of this workshop please inform the Coordinator of the EAPS working group, Jon Anson. The lists are open.

 

Improving Mortality Forecasts

August 31 2016, 09:00-16:30

led by Dr. Fanny Janssen of Groningen University

Mortality forecasts and projections are essential for predicting the extent of population ageing, and for determining the sustainability of pension schemes and social security systems. They are also useful in setting life insurance premiums, and in helping governments to better plan for the changing needs of their societies for health care and other services. However, current forecasts of future mortality often prove inaccurate. First, the forecasts are not robust over time. As past mortality forecasts have repeatedly proven too pessimistic, forecasts of future life expectancy by national statistical offices are frequently being adjusted upwards. Second, a comparison of the forecasts made for individual countries shows unrealistically large differences in future life expectancy between countries. Mortality forecasts are inaccurate largely because conventional extrapolative methods cannot capture (1) the impact of lifestyle ‘epidemics’ on mortality, which result in non-gradual trends over time and in large differences between men and women, birth cohorts, and countries; and (2) changes over time in the age distribution of dying.

The „Smoking, alcohol and obesity – ingredients for improved and robust mortality projections“ project aims to improve the coherence and robustness of future mortality estimates for Europe by developing a novel projection methodology which integrates these two elements based on new and to-be-generated insights on past mortality trends. This workshop – funded under the above-mentioned project – seeks to bring together scientists, mortality forecasting experts and other stakeholders, to discuss potential advances in mortality forecasting and the latest results from the project, and to share ideas on the development of a new mortality projection methodology as to contribute to better mortality forecasts in Europe. Among others, a newly developed method to project mortality including shifts in the age-at-death distribution will be presented.

Cost: The workshop is funded by Fanny Janssen’s project on Improving Mortality Forecasts, so there will be no participation cost. Registration is required, first come, first served, and there will be a small cost for refreshments (morning and afternoon tea, sandwich lunch). Details to follow. Registration limit 25 people

If you are interested in participating of this workshop please inform the Coordinator of the EAPS working group, Jon Anson. The lists are open.

 

Training workshop on Web, Social Media
Data and Demographic Research

August 31 2016, 13:30-17:30

Organized by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Big Data and Population Processes. Workshop organizers: Emilio Zagheni (University of Washington) and Francesco Billari (Oxford University).

Register by August 21 (Register here). There are a limited number of places, which will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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