Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), member of Qatar Foundation, is finalising preparations to host a number of international and regional scholars, scientists, and policy makers for the ‘Population Dynamics’ seminar, which will take place on 2 and 3 December 2013.

DIFI is calling for students to volunteer as rapporteurs for this event. Their anticipated role will be to support the Moderator and report on the proceedings of the seminar. The in-depth dialogues will provide aspiring students a unique opportunity to accrue first-hand knowledge on the dynamics of the Arab Family, and afford them the opportunity to discuss and examine these topics with expert scholars and academics in the field.

The seminar will discuss the various changes affecting the Arab Family brought about by population and demographic dynamics. DIFI will be introducing ‘KIVA,’ a revolutionary form of debate and discussion, which allows students to rapidly collect large volumes of data within a limited time-frame. The KIVA provides students with an opportunity to share discussions with researchers on women’s rights and children’s issues, ask questions, and discuss views in an open and frank environment. The KIVA debate will take place on the second day of the seminar 3 December 2013 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm.

DIFI believes the seminar is a great opportunity for students to meet with researchers, understand the region in greater depth, and be part of the discussion on issues affecting the Arab family today. All participants of either KIVA or the seminar will receive a certificate of participation for attending.

Among the attendees of the seminar will be HE Dr Saleh Bin Mohammed Al Nabit, Minister of Development Planning and Statistics, and HE Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Khalifa, Chairperson of DIFI, and HE Noor Al Malki Al Jehani, Executive Director, DIFI, in addition to a number of leading speakers and stakeholders specialized in Arab Family issues.

The seminar will address five main topics related to Arab families: (i) Marriage and Family Formation; (ii) Trends and Patterns in Fertility and Family Size; (iii) Population Migration and the Family; (iv) Adolescents and the Family and, (v) Intergenerational and Gender Issues Affecting Family Cohesion.

All student volunteers will receive a certificate of appreciation. Students can register as volunteers simply by sending an email to [email protected].