UAPS promotes thematic panels as a way to involve members in advancing research and knowledge generation on specific themes and to participate in the activities of the Union. The Union currently has 7 scientific panels:
Capabilities Approach in Population Studies
Environment and Development
Computational Social Science
These thematic areas reflect the research priorities of its members. Panel teams consist of five recognized experts in the given field of research. The duration of a panel is four years but some panels may have shorter duration if they have limited scope of activities. If necessary, the council may extend the duration of a panel to enable completion of planned activities. The Council makes final decisions regarding the appointment of chairs for each panel.