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.

2020 Annual Meeting

The Southern Demographic Association's board of directors met on Friday, April 24th, and determined that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is best not to hold a face-to-face annual meeting in October 2020. This decision was made to keep everyone healthy, to consider broader economic considerations, and to allow for an annual meeting that can appropriately honor and celebrate the 50th anniversary of our organization.

Upcoming Events

    • 18 Oct 2023
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 20 Oct 2023
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Hotel Contessa, 306 W Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

    The 2023 SDA annual meeting will take place from Wednesday, October 18 to Friday, October 20 at the Hotel Contessa, 306 W Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

    All paper/poster/session submissions must be made by 11:59pm CDT on Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at the following link: SDA Abstract Submissions.

    About Hotel Registration at Conference Rates

    Cutoff for conference rates is September 19:

    • Students and government workers: Contact Kara Joyner at UT-San Antonio (, the local arrangements liaison for the conference, to arrange for hotel registration at lower rates for students and government rates for government workers.
    • All other registrants: Conference hotel rate is $229 per night.  To book at this rate click this link  and follow the directions that are there.

    Luncheon Plenary Sessions

    When you register, you are able to select one (or both, for an additional $25) luncheon plenaries to attend.

    Thursday, October 19th

    Robert Hummer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Adolescents No Longer: A Sneak Peek at Wave VI of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) as the Cohort Moves Toward Midlife

    Friday, October 20th

              Steven Ruggles, University of Minnesota

    Deconstructing Database Reconstruction: History of a Census Bureau Statistical Experiment

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