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Data Collection, Measurement, and Public Opinion During a Pandemic

 AAPOR 76th Annual Conference May 13-16, 2021

Call for Papers, Posters, Panels, Professional Development and Career Advice Sessions, and Round Tables

Submission Deadline: Friday, November 13, 2020, 11:59 PM Eastern

The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) will hold its 76th Annual Conference on May 13-16, 2021. Don't miss this opportunity to participate in the premier forum for the exchange of advances in public opinion and survey research.

Be part of the 2021 program. Submit your abstract today!

AAPOR seeks proposals for individual papers, methodological briefs, posters, panel sessions, professional development and career advice sessions, and roundtables. The theme for AAPOR’s 2021 76th Annual Conference, Data Collection, Measurement, and Public Opinion During a Pandemic, reflects the upheaval to data collection and public opinion research during 2020 and beyond. We specifically seek to showcase how surveys are being refined, repurposed, reimagined or reinvented in light of the coronavirus pandemic, and how public opinion and behaviors of the electorate have changed during this time. Submissions on topics across public opinion, survey research methods, and social science research related to the 2021 conference tracks will also be considered.

The AAPOR Conference Committee seeks the following proposals:

  • Contributed papers
  • Methodological briefs
  • Poster presentations
  • Panels
  • Professional development and career advice sessions New for 2021!
  • Round tables New for 2021!

Proposals should:

  • Address important research questions
  • Increase the knowledge and skills of scholars and industry professionals
  • Promote the development of our profession
  • Showcase methodological rigor

Mini-Conference - New for 2021!

AAPOR is introducing a mini-conference related to the theme of Data Collection, Measurement, and Public Opinion During a Pandemic. Details about the mini-conference can be found on the AAPOR website. Abstract submitters will be asked to indicate whether their abstract is being submitted for the mini-conference or the main conference. During each time slot, at least two dedicated live sessions (if virtual) or conference rooms (if in person or hybrid) will contain papers or panels submitted as part of the mini-conference.  

Submissions: The proposal submission form asks for author contact information, title, presentation track, keywords describing the content of the presentation, and an abstract of no more than 300 words. To promote broad conference participation, an individual may not submit more than two proposals as first author, regardless of the proposed format of the submission or whether the submission is for the mini-conference or main conference. A description of the presentation tracks and formats is provided on the AAPOR website.

Format for 2021 Conference

The AAPOR Executive Council is in the process of determining whether to hold the 2021 Annual AAPOR Conference in person, as a virtual conference only, or as a hybrid conference. This decision will be announced in January, 2021.

For a virtual conference:

  • Some sessions will be offered as synchronous live sessions and others as asynchronous pre-recorded sessions. Both will allow the opportunity for Q&A.
    • Synchronous live presentations: Some accepted abstracts and/or panels on the mini-conference theme (see below), some professional development and career advice sessions, and all round tables. will be presented in live, synchronous sessions.
    • Asynchronous pre-recorded presentations: Accepted papers pertaining to the general conference tracks, affinity group panel sessions, some mini-conference-related papers, and some professional development and career advice sessions will be pre-recorded and presented in an asynchronous format. Posters will also be in an asynchronous pre-recorded presentation format
  • Details about the length of papers and presentation formats may be adjusted for a virtual conference format, and will be announced in January 2021.

For an in-person or hybrid conference:

  • All sessions will be offered live if in person, and if hybrid, some presentations will be available through a streaming platform.
  • The conference format will follow guidance from local public health officials in Los Angeles, California.
  • Details will be provided as soon as they are available.

Willingness to present in virtual or in-person conference:  When submitting an abstract, submitters will be asked to indicate whether they are willing to present a paper in person in Los Angeles and/or virtually. AAPOR Executive Council recognizes that the current public health situation is fluid, and that some individuals and organizations may have restrictions preventing their travel at this time and in the future.

Space on the program is limited. There will be some individual submissions that will, unfortunately, not be accepted due to space, quality, or fit. If AAPOR Executive Council votes to hold the 2021 AAPOR Conference as a virtual conference, the AAPOR Conference Committee will decide which papers will be invited to present as synchronous live sessions or as asynchronous recorded presentations or posters.

Additional details and instructions for submitting an abstract for the 2021 AAPOR Conference can be found on the AAPOR website.

Notice to Federal Employees: The AAPOR Annual Conference conforms to the OPM definition of a "developmental assignment." It is intended for educational purposes; over three quarters of time scheduled is for planned, organized exchange of information between presenters and audience, thereby qualifying under section 4101 of title 5, United States Code as a training activity. The AAPOR Conference is a collaboration in the scientific community, whose objectives are to provide a training opportunity to attendees; teach the latest methodology and approaches to survey research best practices; make each attendee a better survey researcher, and; maintain and improve professional survey competency.

Inquiries: Questions concerning the AAPOR conference or the proposal submission process should be directed to:

Kristen Olson
AAPOR Conference Chair

Darby Steiger
AAPOR Associate Conference Chair

Sam Nysetvold
Conference Program Associate