Group photo NDS 2019. Photo: SUDA
Group photo NDS 2019. Photo: SUDA

It was the first time the symposium was held in Iceland, which was facilitated by the connections of our Icelandic PhD student in Sociological Demography Ari Jónsson and the President of the Swedish Demographic Association Linda Kridahl, who is also at our Department.

The Symposium attracted a record number of 195 participant demographers from across the Nordic region. The Symposium was a bit extra special not only because of its location in Iceland but also because it was devoted to the celebration of 50 years since the very first NDS was held in Esbo, Finland in 1968.

Eva Bernhardt from the Department gave a presentation on the developments of the NDS since its early days, and department colleagues provided overview presentations on the status of Nordic fertility and family-demographic research (Trude Lappegård and Marika Jalovaara), migration and integration research (Eleonora Mussino and Marianne Tönnessen), and mortality research (Sven Drefahl and Svenn-Erik Mamelund), which constitute the three pillars of demographic change. 174 unique studies were presented in parallel and poster sessions during three days of symposium activity.