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The ESFR Young Scientist Prize 2012
The ESFR Young Scientist Prize 2012 was awarded to Dr. Eva-Maria Merz, Social Demography Department of the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, for the following article:

Merz, Eva-Maria & Liefbroer, Aart C. (2012). The attitude toward voluntary childlessness in Europe: Cultural and institutional explanations. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74, 587-600.

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The ESFR Poster Prize
The ESFR Poster Prize was awarded Ulrike Zartler, Department of Sociology, University of Vienna, Austria and Caroline Berghammer, Department of Sociology, University of Vienna, Austria, and Wittgenstein Centre (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU), Vienna Institute of Demography/Austrian Academy of Sciences Children’s families over time. Parental separation and family structures in Austria

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Book of abstracts online
The book of abstracts is now available. Click here to view or download the book of abstracts


Congress objective and theme

The 6th ESFR Congress will focus on the implications of contemporary social, cultural and economic changes, and the challenges these raise for family relations, family practices and family policy. We also invite contributors to reflect on the implication of these changes for research methods.

Since the late 1980’s, the cultural, socio-economic and political landscape of European societies have altered considerably. Many of these changes may have profound implications for the institution of the family, the internal dynamics of family relations and for policy intervention. Demographic changes, along with the current economic crisis and increased migration, raise new questions about relatedness and the balance between family obligations and those of the welfare state. New forms of gender relations, new reproductive technologies and a larger variety in family formations challenge traditional views about what a family is and should be. Different family norms and practices due to greater ethnic and cultural variation give rise to legal problems as well as negotiations of values and belonging. These changes have led to new research interests concerning family practices, family policy, relatedness, family crisis and intervention which the Congress seeks to approach from a wide range of thematic domains in psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, legal studies and history.

Key note speakers: 

Prof. Hans Bertram, Humboldt University, Berlin
Prof. Claudine Attias-Donfut, Centre Edgar-Morin, L’ Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Prof. Chiara Saraceno, Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung, Berlin
Prof. Susan Golombok, Director, Centre for Family Research, Cambridge University
Researcher Albert Kraler, International Centre for Migration, Wien
Prof. Edward Melhuish, Director, Institute for the Study of Children, Families & Social
Issues. Birkbeck, University of London
Prof. Rosa Rosnati Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan
Prof. Lieselotte Ahnert, Institut für Entwicklungspsychologie und Psychologische Diagnostik, Wien
Prof. Jennifer Mason, Morgan Centre for Study of Relationship and Personal Life, University of Manchester
Prof. Meinrad Perrez, Department of Psychology, University of Fribourg.
Prof. Karin Wall, The Institute for Social Sciences, University of Lisbon