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Thank you!


The organizing team would like to thank everyone who presented, chaired, discussed and participated in this year's (hopefully last) online meeting of the European Divorce Research Network.

Next year, we will convene - in person, hopefully - in Brno, Czech Republic, at Masaryk University.


Time to Prepare!


A few weeks only to go until the online conference! We are already in final preparation mode... and you probably as well. This is how you can prepare for the conference:

Check out the latest version of the program

Install Zoom to the latest version

Make yourself familiar with the instructions for participants, presenters, and chairs

Browse the book of abstracts!


See you soon!


Program Release!

Maike, Damiano and Ariane have been busy putting together an attractive program.

Besides "normal" paper sessions and a poster session, this year's online edition of the conference will also feature a flash session with shorter talks, a larger number of topically fitting papers, and presenters' separate breakout sessions, where you will have the opportunity to engage informally.

We are also very happy to announce the titles of the three keynote speeches:

Andrew Cherlin will talk about "The Variable Effects of Divorce on Children: Some Emerging (and Contested) Principles" on Wednesday, October 13th, at 4 p.m. CET.


Elizabeth Thomson will talk about "How Divorce Makes Coresidence Visible in a Conjugal Family System" on Thursday, October 14th, at 4 p.m. CET

Daniele Vignoli will talk about "Couples' relationship quality in the early and later stages of the Covid-19 pandemic", on Friday, October 15th, at 9 a.m.




Late-Bird Registration

If you would like to participate in the conference as a co-author or a listener, are asked to register via mail:

The Call for Abstracts is closed

The call for abstracts is closed. We have received over 60 high-quality submissions from almost all over the world. Thank you!

Currently, we are putting together an exciting program for this year’s online conference. Stay tuned!


19th Conference of the European Divorce Research Network

Preliminary Program

Wednesday, 13th of October

Thursday, 14th of October

Friday, 15th of October


Wednesday, 13th of October

Thursday, 14th of October

Friday, 15th of October



The poster session will be introduced with short elevator pitch talks (1 to max. 2 minutes per poster), thereafter the posters can be visited in separate breakout rooms. Use this very long coffee break for informal chatting and in-depth exchange!

The two Flash sessions will run in parallel, and host more papers than a "normal" paper session. "Flash talks" are shorter than usual presentations (approx. 8 minutes per talk). There are no plenary discussion, but also ample room for discussion in presenters‘ separate breakout rooms.

​All other talks in the regular paper sessions last 12 to max. 15 minutes, and will allow for 8 minutes discussion.

Please refer to the detailed instructions for presenters and chairs, which will be sent around two weeks prior to the conference


All times in CET (Central European Time): Brussels, Paris

Preliminary Program (Mobile Version)
Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Andrew Cherlin

Andrew Cherlin is the Benjamin H. Griswold III Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on marriage and divorce, intergenerational relations, and family policy. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences.

​For more information, please visit his website


Daniele Vignoli

Daniele Vignoli is Professor of Demography at the University of Florence. His research focuses on economic uncertainty and its effects on fertility and partnership from a comparative perspective.

He holds an ERC Consolidator grant (Project EU-FER: Economic Uncertainty and Fertility).

​For more information, please visit his personal website              .


Elizabeth Thomson

Elizabeth Thomson is Professor of Demography Emerita, Stockholm University, and Professor of Sociology Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research focuses on fertility, cohabitation, stepfamily childbearing and shared physical custody.

Professor Thomson is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

For more information, please visit her website



Organizing committee

Dr. Ariane Bertogg, University of Konstanz, Germany

Dr. Maike van Damme, CED, Barcelona, Spain

Damiano Uccheddu, UC Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

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This conference was organized with the kind support of the Dr. August und Annelies Karst Stiftung

About the Network

Since 2002, the members of the European Network for the Sociological and Demographic Study of Divorce have organized annual conferences to discuss papers on relationship dissolution and its causes and consequences.

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