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Call for Papers: Pandemic Babies?
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Fertility and Family Dynamics
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A Population and Development Review Supplement co-sponsored by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and the Population Council will be based on this conference. The review process may begin before the conference deadline for time-sensitive, complete submissions.

The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting childbearing and family processes around the globe. First studies have documented changes in couples’ fertility plans and work division within the household, or predict fertility declines in high-income countries based on now-casting methods. Yet, the pandemic’s impact on fertility, partnering, and family dynamics is rapidly evolving and remains the subject of much speculation.

This conference aims at bringing together scholars who examine fertility and family change in times of the Covid-19 pandemic. They invite submissions that document fertility and family trends, investigate their causes and correlates, place them into established or novel theoretical contexts, or use new data sources or methods to illuminate or predict such trends. They are particularly interested in research which connects potential fertility and family change to the multitude of other societal and epidemiological developments occurring at this time.

The conference will take place on the December 13, and 14, 2021 at Harnack House in Berlin, Germany.
They are planning an in-person meeting with a hybrid/virtual presentation option if the pandemic situation permits. If necessary, the conference will take place fully virtually.

They invite you to submit extended abstracts (2-4 pages) or full papers. Please send all submissions to by August 1, 2021. Any conference or PDR Supplement related inquiries may also be directed to Submitters will be notified about selection decisions by August 31, 2021. They look forward to receiving your submissions. For further info and updates please see

Organizing Committee

  • Natalie Nitsche  
  • Mikko Myrskylä 
  • Joshua Wilde
  • Aiva Jasilioniene
  • Susie Lee
  • Jessica Nisen