EAPS PhD Network

What initiatives exist for PhD students in the field of population studies?

How can I meet other early career researchers in my field?

There are many PhD students in the broad field of population studies throughout Europe. Although several local initiatives to bring students together exist (such as PopFest and Young Demographers), an overarching European network was lacking. The aim of the EAPS PhD Network is to be bring together PhD students in the population field across Europe. 

The Network tries to do so by:


Stay tuned for future EAPS PhD Network events in the coming months or download the Program of the Seminar Series below!


Previous Events

On 22 June 2023 the EAPS PhD Network organized the third event in its s eminar series with a session focused on Publication and Peer Reviewing strategies with Professor and Editor-in-Chief Trude Lappegård.

On 19th May 2023 the EAPS PhD Network hosted the second seminar in its seminar series with a session focused on Careers outside academia. There were presentations by Ilgi Bozdag (UNHCR), Paul Bouanchaud (Population Services International), Ben Elbers (Spotify) and Patrick Gerland (UN Population Division) followed by a Q&A.

On 27 April 2023, the EAPS PhD Network kicked off its 7-part seminar series with a first session focused on the role of professional associations in population studies. There were presentations from representatives from IUSSP, EAPS, PAA, and Population Europe, plus the British, Nordic and Italian national associations followed by a Q&A. 

On 10 February 2023 a session on "How to survive and enjoy life as a postdoc" by Ryohei Mogi was organized at the Young Demographers conference. 

During the EPC 2022 in Groningen, The Netherlands, the PhD Network organized two events for PhD students: an online meet and greet with senior academics on GatherTown, and an in-person workshop about networking. Both events were designed, first, to connect ECRS with their peers and senior scientists, and second, to prepare them for on-site networking during EPC 2022 in Groningen. The PhD Network plans to organize a similar event during the EPC 2024 in Scotland.

On 20 and 21 May 2021 the EAPS PhD Network organized its first online event by and for PhD students in the field of population studies. This was not a regular conference, but a series of panel discussions and masterclasses tailored to your needs of young researchers. The conference provided young researchers a chance to meet the research community, cover questions like ‘how to get published?’ or ‘how to deal with frustration and conflict in academia?’, and there was a series of unique masterclasses with senior scholars in the field! Curious? Here you can find the program of May 2021.

Want to join or do you have suggestions?

Do you have an idea for an (online) activity? Or perhaps you would like to moderate a forum? You can contact one of the members of the steering committee and ask about the possibilities: eaps.phdnetwork@gmail.com

Steering Committee

The Network is led by a small Steering Committee of early career scholars.Their task is to organize events for and with PhD students in Europe in collaboration with EAPS, with a special focus on EPC 2024.

Members of the Steering Committee

Isabella Marinetti

PhD Student at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany

Dmytro Mamaiev

PhD Student at the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences, Lithuania

Sophia Stroisch

PhD Student at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany and University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Jianni Yan

PhD Student at the University of Oxford, Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, United Kingdom