The Italian Association for Population Studies (AISP) is the Demography Section of the Italian Statistics Society .
Although formally founded only in June 2008 during the 44th Scientific Meeting of the SIS, the Association has a longer history, dating back at least to 1991, when the Gruppo di Coordinamento per la Demografia (GCD) – Group for the Coordination of Demography – was formally created within the SIS (Italian Statistical Society).
Before that, back in the 1980s, following the incorporation of the IRP/Istituto di Ricerche sulla Popolazione (Population Research Institute) into the CNR, Italian demographers had started to develop a network of scientific initiatives, carried out partly within the SIS, partly within the SIEDS/Società Italiana di Economia Demografia e Statistica (Italian Society of Economics, Demographics and Statistics) and partly within the newly formed SIDES/Società Italiana di Demografia Storica (Italian Society of Historic Demographics).
The start-up programme of the GCD was influenced by the example of the Population Association of America, from which it borrowed the idea of holding periodic Meetings called Population Days (the first was held in Bologna, in 1992), where both fully elaborated articles and provisional papers could be presented. In the aim of broadening the knowledge on current research, the decision was taken to publish every other year a list of the demographic studies conducted by Italian scholars over the previous two years. A Scientific Council, guided by a coordinator (the first was Paolo De Sandre), was appointed by the Assembly with the aim of promoting all the initiatives deemed useful for population studies: e.g. the biannual Meetings, Seminars, a Newsletter, etc.
Considerable progress has been made since those early days. The Population Days, in particular, has developed into an important and periodic Conference, which has recently (in 2009) become international, with the inclusion of sessions held in English and with demographers from abroad. Since 2007, the AISP also edits the biannual Population Report : an accurate and updated study of state of the Italian Population, written in a plain language, accessible to a wide audience.
Nearly two decades of ongoing work and constant commitment have made the GCD (now AISP) a much stronger and better-structured body than it was at the beginning.
Other initiatives have also been organised, although on a less systematic basis. Among the others, we want to mention the following conferences and debates:
Generazioni, famiglie, migrazioni pensando all’Italia di domani. Dilemmi della demografia, programmi della politica.
An open discussion on the most relevant demographic issues in Italy (generation replacements, family formation, aging, migration) with the aim to underline the links between opportunities, constraints and requirements given by the demographic Italian features capable of directing the programs and political action. The meeting was hosted by the Corriere della Sera in Milan and sponsored by CorrierEconomia and the Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli. The participants, moderated by Maurizio Ferrera, were three demographers (Antonio Golini, Gian Carlo Blangiardo and Francesco Billari) and four politicians (Enrico Letta, Alfredo Mantovano, Maurizio Sacconi, Livia Turco).
Denatalità e squilibri generazionali in Italia: criticità e soluzioni.
The meeting involved scholars of different sensitivity and competence and authoritative representatives of the economic and social forces with the aim to discuss low fertility, population aging and imbalances between generations. Participants: Antonio Golini (demographer), Massimo Livi Bacci (demographer), Piero Angela (author, with Lorenzo Pinna, of the book “Why do we have more children ?), Gianfranco Bologna (Scientific Director and the Programme of WWF Italy), Nicola Sartor (Professor of the Science of Finance) , Innocenzo Cipolletta (Chairman of the State Railways ) and Luisa Todini (Chairman of Todini Finanziaria).
The Evolution of Demographic Studies. A Generation Perspective.
The first part of the conference focused on the evolution of Demography as a science, the measure and description of phenomena and their interpretation. The invited speakers (Antonella Pinnelli, Rosella Rettaroli, Stefano Mazzuco, Francesca Rinesi) belonging to different generations of demographers, had the task of explaining this evolution in the light of their personal research experience. The discussion had been chaired by Silvana Salvini and Cristina Freguja. The second part of the conference was a round table called “La Demografia che vorrei…(The Demography I wish…)” which aims to reflect on the future of the discipline from an academic point of view underlying the potential impact of Population Studies in the society. Chaired by Alessandra De rose, the speakers were Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna, Gustavo De Santis, Paola di Giulio, Fausta Ongaro, Alessandra Petrucci, Alessandro Rosina and Salvatore Strozza.
History, Population, Territory. A day to remember E. Sonnino.
The meeting, dedicated to the memory of Eugenio Sonnino, has been organized in collaboration with SIDeS and Statistics Department of Sapienza University of Rome. The aims are to remember the fundamental scientific contributions of the deceased colleague and to trace the guidelines for young researchers.
YOUPOP 2012 – Meeting of young scholars in population studies.
The meeting, organized by Stefano Mazzuco (University of Padua) and Daniele Vignoli (University of Florence), aims to encourage the construction of a collaborative network of young scholars in the field of Population Studies. The AISP has supported the event. Over the two days, there were 37 contributions: 20 reports and 17 posters. The meeting concluded with a panel discussion moderated by Alessandra De Rose on “Young scholars of population between science and pragmatism: research, publication strategies and fund raising” with Alessandra Petrucci (representative CUN) Letizia Mencarini (University of Turin), Stefano Mazzuco (University of Padua) and Daniele Vignoli (University of Florence).