In preparing for the 4th Asian Population Association (APA) Conference 2018 to be held in Shanghai, the Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI) of Shanghai University hosted the second meeting of the Asian Population Association leaders and the National Organization Committee (NOC) members on Oct. 11, 2017. Professor Duan Yong, Vice President of Shanghai University and also Chairman of NOC, addressed the meeting and ensured full supports on behalf the University. APA President Doo-Sub Kim, Vice President Baochang Gu, and Executive Secretary Paul Yip attended the meeting. Representing the NOC members and co-hosts of the Conference, Prof. Sun Changmin President of Shanghai Population Association and Prof. Ding Jinhong Director of Institute of Population Research at East China Normal University also attended the meeting.
Prof. Leiwen Jiang, Director of ADRI and Vice Chairman of NOC, gave a brief introduction to the process of application for hosting the conference, the previous APA/NOC meetings, and reported the progress on preparation for the Conference. Closely cooperated with APA secretariat, the NOC adjusted and improved the organization structure, started fundraising and working for the other logistics, designed the Conference logo and call for papers, and promoted the participation in the Conference especially from the Chinese research communities. He was happy to report that the University President Prof. Jin Donghan provided important supports for ADRI and the NOC and agreed to serve as the Honorary Chairman of the NOC. Prof. Kim and Prof. Jiang updated the information on the submissions of the Conference: they received 1834 submissions from more than 50 countries, covering almost all global regions of the five continents. Participants welcomed the progress made in achieving the overall goals and discussed some remaining issues, including ways of handling the Chinese sessions for the large increase of the submitted papers from Chinese research communities. The schedule and plan for the next and final APA/NOC meeting in March of 2017 were also reconfirmed.