Prague 2007

A report of the survey conducted among the participants and organisers of the conference is now available online.

We are pleased to announce that the 2007 conference of the European Survey Research Association will be held in Prague.

Please see the website of the local organising committee in Prague for more information about travel, accomodation and registration.

Registration for the conference is closed.

ESRA 2007 will be organised by the University of Economics, Prague. The local committee is formed by:

  • Jakub Fischer, Vice-Dean for Science and Research, Faculty of Informatics
    and Statistics (Chair)
  • Martin Zeleny, Dept. of Economic Statistics, Faculty of Informatics and
  • Petr Mazouch, Dept. of Demography, Faculty of Informatics and Statistics
  • Simona Merinska (Conference Administrator), Social Surveys Section, Czech Statistical Office

The location has facilities similar to those of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra of the Barcelona conference and the town is equally attractive.

We plan to develop a programme for the conference that is comparable with the ESRA 2005 programme.


1 Jan. 2007 Final date to send in proposals for sessions by session organisers
1 May 2007 Final date to send in abstracts of individual papers and programs for the sessions by the session organisers
1 June 2007 Definite program of the conference
25 June 2007 Opening of the conference
29 June 2007 Closing of the conference

Keynote speakers

Three keynote speakers have been invited to the conference:

  • Monday 25 June: Jan van Deth, Measuring Social Capital
  • Wednesday 27 June: Albert Satorra, The Problems of Testing Structural Equation Models
  • Friday 29 June: Vasja Vehovar, Web Surveys: advantages and disadvantages

Short courses

Two pre-conference workshops are organised this year: please see the local committee website for more details

Conference time table

Monday June 25th
10:00 Conference course registration open
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch for short course participants
14:00 General conference registration open
13:30 – 16:30 Short course: Hypothesis testing using complex survey data (Peter Lynn)
13:30 – 16:30 Short course: Coping with measurement error in survey research (Willem E. Saris)
17:00 Opening of the conference
17:15 Key note speech by Jan van Deth
18:00 Welcome reception
Tuesday June 26th
9:00 – 19:30 5 Sessions of 1:30 hours each
Wednesday June 27th
9:00 – 17:30 4 Sessions of 1:30 hours each
18:00 Key note speech by Albert Satorra: Testing Structural Equation models
Thursday June 28th
9:00 – 19:30 5 Sessions of 1:30 hours each
Friday June 29th
9:00 – 15:30 3 Sessions of 1:30 hours each
15:45 Key note speech by Vasja Vehovar: Websurveys
16:45 General Assembly of the ESRA
17:45 Closing of the conference
18:00 End of the meeting
20:00 Conference dinner on the Moldau

The time table for the sessions:

9:00 – 10:30 First session
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Second session
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Third session
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30 Fourth session
On tuesday and thursday:
17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 19:30 Fifth session

Call for papers

Please submit your proposal for a presentation to esra2007(at) Include the name, email address, and affiliations of all the authors, the name of the person who will be presenting the paper, the title of the presentation, and an abstract of around 250 (max. 500) words. If you can, please suggest the session in which you think your paper belongs.

The preferred format for submissions is plain text. Microsoft Word is also acceptable, but please note that fonts (including the "Symbol" font!), italics etc. will be lost. If you need to use formulas or special symbols, please use laTeX markup. Alternatively, you can use the Unicode (UTF-8) symbols of your standard font to insert special symbols such as Greek letters and so on.


Call for proposals

The topics of the conference will be similar to the topics of the previous conference, but we also welcome new suggestions.

Scholars who would like to organise a session can send their proposal to the ESRA email address esra2007(at) .

The proposals could suggest a session on methodological issues of survey research such as data collection or analysis or on methodological problems in substantive research based on survey data.

QMSS conference

The week before the ESRA conference the final conference of the programme Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences (QMSS) of the European Science Foundation (ESF) will be held in Prague as well from June 21-23. This was done on purpose in order to facilitate the participation in both conferences. The meeting of QMSS will be organised by the same local committee. For details of the QMSS conference we refer to the
QMSS web site.

Format of the sessions

Each session receives one session slot to begin with. But more slots can be allotted if needed. Each slot lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Each presentation get 30 minutes of time for presentation. This includes discussion time: the presentation itself should last 20 minutes after which there are 10 minutes for discussion.

Thus each session slot can contain three presentations. As mentioned above, some sessions will contain more than three presentations. In that case the committee assigns as many slots as needed to the session.