difi-logoThe Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) is organising an international seminar on the 2 and 3 December 2013 to discuss of the various changes affecting the Arab family brought about by population and demographic dynamics, and asses the policy implications of these changes.

HE Noor Al Malki Al Jehani, Executive Director of DIFI, said:

Through organising this seminar, we aim at providing scientific evidence-based research that sheds the light on the changes impacting the Arab family, in order to create a solid base for the policy-making process, which we believe will meet the needs of today’s Arab family. We trust these policies will assist the Arab family in fulfilling its role and contributing to the overall growth of the society.’

The seminar is expected to witness great interest from local, regional and international scientists as it will bring together international, regional and national population scientists, policy-makers and researchers involved in the study of the Arab family.

As a member of Qatar Foundation, DIFI is a leading international institution in Qatar that supports research, policy and outreach programs that promote the development of Arab families. With research as its core focus, DIFI supports a wide range of international, regional and local evidence-based studies relating to marriage and family structure, women, fertility and demography, child and family safety, and parenting.

The seminar will address five main topics related to Arab families including Marriage and Family Formation; Trends and Patterns in Fertility and Family Size; Population Migration and the Family; Adolescents and the Family and, Inter-generational and Gender Issues Affecting Family Cohesion.

Scientists and researchers interested in presenting their work at the seminar are invited to submit an online proposal on the DIFI website by 15 August 2013. Submissions must include a short 250-words’ abstract and an extended abstract of about two to four pages, including tables and/or charts. The seminar will be conducted in both Arabic and English therefore abstracts and final papers may be submitted and presented in either language.