Since 1970, the Southern Demographic Association has hosted an annual meeting each fall, usually in October. The SDA meeting provides a friendly venue for people to present academic and applied demographic research, to discuss and learn about population issues, and to meet others with common interests.

2018 Annual Meeting

The Southern Demographic Association's annual meeting will take place October 10-12, 2018 at the Durham Convention Center in downtown Durham, North Carolina.

View the final program.

Pre-Conference Workshops on Wed Oct 10th

We will hold a day of pre-conference workshops on Wednesday, October 10th. These workshops are free for individuals attending the meeting. When you register for the meeting, you will be able to register for the pre-conference as well. 

Local researchers and students interested in attending the pre-conference workshop but not attending the annual meeting can register separately for the pre-conference workshops for a fee of $25 for the full day or $15 for a single session (register here for the workshop only option).

Morning Workshop: 9:00-11:45 a.m.

IPUMS Data for Population and Policy Research (Minnesota Population Center)
Click here for the workshop presentations and training materials on Google Drive

Have you heard of IPUMS data but don't know where to begin? Are you an experienced IPUMS user interested in learning about new and expanded IPUMS data offerings? This workshop provides an introduction and review of updates to the suite of IPUMS harmonized census and survey data products. With data from over 100 countries, including the US, IPUMS currently disseminates integrated microdata describing 1.4 billion individuals drawn from over 750 censuses and surveys. In addition to microdata, IPUMS integrates and disseminates the United States' most comprehensive database of area-level census data and electronic boundaries describing US census geography from 1790 to the present.

This workshop provides an overview of IPUMS data offerings; tips and training materials for new IPUMS users; and a rundown of new and expanded data products, tools, and training materials. Highlights include an introduction to new interactive website features and training materials to create customized extracts of the CPS longitudinal data and an introduction to our three newest data products:

    • IPUMS MEPS, a longitudinal health survey and the leading source of information on health care expenditures;
    • IPUMS PMA, a Bill and Melinda Gates-funded survey of developing countries covering family planning, child health, and sanitation; and
    • GeoMarker, a new geocoding platform to facilitate the linkage of contextual information to microdata with geographic identifiers.

Afternoon Workshop: 1:15-3:45 p.m.

Expanding the Reach of Your Research: Best Practices for Communicating with Policymakers and the Media (Population Reference Bureau)

Have you ever wondered how to get your research into the hands of policymakers, or wished your findings were known by a wider audience? Drawing on PRB’s Policy Communication Training Program and previous PAA sessions, this workshop will highlight ways to expand the reach of your research by distilling your findings into messages tailored for policymakers and the media.

The workshop provides an overview of tools for communicating demographic research; best practices in social media for social science; tips for working with journalists; and best practices in communicating with policymakers at the federal and state level. An expert panel will also share their experiences communicating research to policymakers and the media, and lead an informal discussion with workshop participants.

Luncheon Speakers

Thursday, October 11th: Dr. Carolyn Halpern (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)

Friday, October 12th: John H. Thompson (Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics)

Meeting Registration and 2018 Membership

Use the form below to register for the 2018 Durham meeting and join SDA for calendar year 2019.

Fee schedule (Meeting+Membership)

Dates Student Regular
through Sep 14 (early) $125 $225
Sep 15 - Oct 9 (standard) $140 $250
Oct 10 and later (onsite) $155 $270

The meeting fee includes your 2019 SDA membership. Can't make the meeting? Renew your SDA membership here.

Conference Hotel

The conference hotel is the Durham Marriott City Center. The conference rate is $149/night; it includes free wifi and a discount on valet parking ($12/day). 
Book at the SDA rate using this link.

Book by September 14th if you want the conference rate. 

Travel Information

Charlene's Safe Ride offers shuttle service to/from airport. Book online here.

Downtown Durham Visitor's Center - Downtown Durham walking tour (self-guided using free map)

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