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Zagreb 2019

The eight conference of the European Survey Research Association was held in Zagreb, Croatia from 15 July to 19 July 2019. The conference was hosted by the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Zagreb.

Programme at a Glance


Call for abstracts

Conference venue

Exhibits and sponsorship


Short courses

Discovering Zagreb

Hotel and travel

Travel and Stay Grant

Early Career Award

Presentation guidelines

Organising committee

Conduct statement

Conference app

Highlighting the contribution of survey research in the changing data environment

Over the past decade, survey researchers have had to confront a number of challenges to the methods at the heart of their practice. During the same period, rapid advances in web and mobile-web technology have created a wealth of new opportunities for data gathering. These developments have resulted in a sea change in how surveys are being conducted, and a host of new opportunities for methodological research aimed at identifying best practice principles for practitioners and providing recommendations to analysts who work with the data.

These recent advances in survey science have been taking place in the context of a fast-evolving data environment, in which alternative forms and sources of data are increasingly available on a vast scale, offering exciting new ways to address research objectives that in the past were met by survey methods, as well as ones for which survey methods alone would be unsuitable. The potential offered by big data sources and the growth of data science methods and tools necessary to handle them, are both redefining the role that surveys play in social research, as well as bringing to light the continued importance and value of the survey method as a tool for understanding society. ESRA has already initiated its contribution to this movement, collaborating in the organisation of the BigSurv18 conference, which takes place in October 2018. We plan to continue the conversation in Zagreb next July.

As survey and data science advances, it is important to remember the corresponding need to address public trust in statistical research and improve data skills and literacy across all stakeholders. The conference in Zagreb will also provide an opportunity to consider how, as an organisation, ESRA can contribute to meeting this demand.


As in previous years, the scientific programme of the conference will be constructed on the basis of an initial call for session proposals, followed by a call for abstracts inviting submissions to the accepted sessions. Once a session has been accepted in the programme, session organisers are responsible for publicising their session and inviting abstracts for presentations (to be submitted via the ESRA conference management system), reviewing the abstracts they receive, and for liaising with presenters and the ESRA conference committee.

Key DatesAction
May – July 2018Call for Session Proposals
End July 2018Decisions communicated to session proposers
September – November 2018Call for Abstracts
End January 2019Decisions communicated to paper proposers
Mid February 2019Deadline for confirming attendance and final revisions to abstracts
April 2019Registration opens
15th June 2019Registration Deadline
15th July 2019 – 19th July 2019ESRA 2019 in Zagreb, Croatia


We welcome sponsors, exhibitors, recruiters, and advertisers to join us at the largest survey research conference in Europe. Further information is available here. Please contact:

Local organisers

Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb

University of Zagreb

Silver sponsors

European Social Survey

Bronze sponsors

Data Documentation Initiative (DDI)

European Values Study


GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Arab Barometer