Call for session proposals

The 8th Conference of the European Survey Research Association will take place 15th-19th July 2019 in Zagreb, Croatia.

The scientific committee is now inviting researchers who are active in the field of survey research, survey methodology and data analysis to submit proposals to organise sessions at the conference.

For your session to be considered, please submit an abstract (max. 400 words) introducing the theme of the session, its relevance and the topics it will address, together with 3-5 keywords via the conference management system by 8th July 2018.  To submit a proposal you must login to your ESRA account (or create a new account if you do not already have one) and then follow the instructions provided. Please note that it is only possible to submit one session proposal per user.  If you would like to submit multiple session proposals, you will need to contact the Conference Committee.

The conference theme is ‘Highlighting the contribution of survey research in the changing data environment.’  We welcome submissions related to this theme, or in any other area of survey methodology or substantive area of survey research. We encourage proposals from researchers with a variety of backgrounds, including academic research, official statistics, commercial research, and government social research.

The following are examples of topics that are of particular interest:

Survey methodology and survey practice:

  • Questionnaire development, testing and piloting; measurement issues
  • Online survey methods and surveys on mobile devices
  • Mixing modes and mode effects
  • Fieldwork processes, including responsive and adaptive designs
  • Collecting biomarkers and other specimen data within surveys
  • Innovations and emerging methods: life-tracking and sensor data; blue-tooth and near field technology; web scraping for data collection
  • Gamification of surveys
  • Analysing, monitoring and reducing Total Survey Error; using paradata to evaluate survey quality
  • Sample designs, coverage, and sampling (probability and nonprobability); hard-to-reach populations
  • Unit and item nonresponse
  • Interviewers and interviewer effects 
  • Methods for cross-national and cross-cultural surveys
  • Longitudinal surveys
  • Experiments in general population surveys


Data management and post-survey processing

  • Data documentation, archiving and data access
  • Linking survey data to auxiliary data sources (administrative and big data sources)
  • Privacy and confidentiality; consent
  • Data security and access
  • Applications of machine learning methods (e.g. for data linkage)
  • Post-survey processing – coding and editing; related errors
  • Weighting in probability and nonprobability-based sample surveys
  • Imputation methods


Developments in survey analysis techniques

  • Longitudinal analysis techniques
  • Multi-level techniques
  • Comparative methods and equivalence testing
  • Methods to estimate and adjust for survey errors
  • Social network analysis
  • Visualisation of survey data


Substantive applications of survey research

  • Election polling and public opinion
  • Values
  • Migration
  • Social indicators
  • Comparative research
  • Evaluation research
  • Life course studies

All session proposals will be reviewed by the ESRA Conference Committee.  Decisions will be communicated by the end of July 2018.  If your proposal addresses the same or a similar topic to others we receive, we may contact you and the other proposers to suggest you either join forces, or find a way to differentiate your sessions. The list of sessions will be finalised in August.

Your role as a session organiser

Once a session has been accepted in the programme, as a session organiser you will be responsible for:

  • publicising and encouraging paper submissions to your session (to be submitted via the ESRA conference management system)
  • reviewing abstracts submitted to your session with regards to their suitability in terms of focus and quality
  • liaising between accepted paper presenters and the ESRA Conference Committee
  • Chairing your session during the conference. 

If the conference committee accepts your proposal, your session will be advertised in an open call for papers that will be issued in September 2018. Your review of abstracts submitted to your session will take place in November. Please be aware that if your session proves to be popular, you may be required to chair multiple sessions on the same topic to accommodate the accepted papers.