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American Association for Public Opinion Research

Call for Abstracts

AAPOR’s 77th Annual Conference 
Come Together: Advancing Inclusion and Equity Through Data Collection, Measurement, and Community 

The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) is thrilled to announce that its 77th Annual Conference will be held in-person at the Sheraton Grand Chicago on Wednesday, May 11 through Friday, May 13, 2022. Don't miss this opportunity to come together and participate in the premier forum for the exchange of advances in public opinion and survey research.

Conference Theme

The theme for AAPOR’s 77th Annual Conference is Come Together: Advancing Inclusion and Equity Through Data Collection, Measurement, and Community. We will come together in Chicago to celebrate being reunited in person as an AAPOR community. We will come together to explore what unites us and what makes our AAPOR community diverse and unique. We will come together to showcase how our measurement and research is being refined, repurposed, reimagined, and redesigned to explore issues of justice, diversity, inclusion, and equity among historically underrepresented and underserved populations. We also welcome submissions on topics across public opinion, survey research methods, and social science research related to the 2022 conference tracks. 

Conference Format

All presenters are invited to join us in-person in Chicago. We are continuously monitoring the public health situation in Chicago to ensure that it will be safe to hold an in-person conference but as of now, have every intention of meeting in person. We expect that we will need to implement public health measures at the conference to ensure the health and safety of attendees. This may include providing proof of vaccination, masking requirements, and/or COVID tests, but we are still evaluating what those measures will be. During the submission process, you will be asked about your willingness to present in-person in Chicago, along with your willingness to present virtually, in the event that the conference needs to be moved to a virtual format.

NEW for 2022! Revised Conference Schedule: The conference will begin at approximately noon CST on Wednesday, May 11, and conclude after the banquet and awards ceremony on Friday night, May 13. Due to the possibility that COVID-19 may still be active in May, we have condensed the length of the conference to reduce the time that attendees need to be away from home. We have shifted the traditional days of the conference to Wednesday through Friday so that attendees can depart any time on Saturday without missing any conference content. Conference registration includes three days of sessions, learning opportunities, networking, banquets, and more.
NEW for 2022! AAPOR-77th Library: Based on feedback from attendees of the past two years of virtual conferences, all presenters will be asked to share their final presentation slides to be made available in an “AAPOR-77th Library.” We plan to ask presenters to record their talks prior to the conference so that these recordings can also be made available in the library. The library will be available to attendees and subscribers for up to one year after the conference. (Due to budgetary constraints, we are not planning to live stream events during the conference.)
NEW for 2022! AAPOR Gives Back: We are kicking off a new AAPOR tradition to organize a volunteer opportunity in the local community during the conference. Come together with your AAPOR friends and family to do some good in the community. More information to come!

Call for Abstracts

The AAPOR Conference Committee seeks abstract submissions for the following:

  • Contributed papers
  • Methodological briefs
  • Poster presentations
  • Contributed panel sessions
  • Affinity group panel sessions (one per affinity group)
  • Professional development roundtables 

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​
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. Learn more about presentation tracks and formats.

All abstracts should be submitted electronically by Friday, November 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). 

Space on the program is limited. There will be some individual submissions that cannot be integrated into a session and will, unfortunately, not be accepted. Authors of individual papers have a greater chance of acceptance if they are also willing to be considered for a methodological brief or poster.

Scheduling Conflicts

To minimize scheduling conflicts, the abstract submission form will ask you to list any known scheduling conflicts during the conference dates of May 11-13. While we will make every attempt to accommodate scheduling conflicts, please be advised that in some instances it may not be possible to avoid them. 

Audio‐Visual Equipment

All meeting rooms will have projectors, screens, microphones & laptops. All presenters will be asked to submit their slides along with a recording of their talk for the AAPOR-77th Library. Instructions for presenters are forthcoming.


Submitters will receive automatic email confirmation of their submission within 5 minutes. Submitters who do not receive this confirmation should log back on to the submission site to verify their submission was entered correctly. The submitter is the primary contact person and is responsible for notifying all other co-authors of acceptance, rejection, scheduling and any other information provided by AAPOR.

Review Process

Each submission will be reviewed by at least 2 peer reviewers and a final reviewer who assists the Conference Chair and Associate Conference Chair with making final decisions about abstracts for the specific presentation track and session format. We expect to send acceptance notifications by the end of January 2022.

AAPOR Code of Ethics

All submissions that present original survey data must abide by the AAPOR Code of Professional Ethics and Practices by reporting, at a minimum, the information specified in Section III‐A of the AAPOR Code. Further, proposals should communicate work that authors expect to reach an acceptable stage of completion before the conference (i.e., by the end of April 2022). Here is an exemplar abstract.

Inquiries: Questions concerning the AAPOR conference or the proposal submission process should be directed to:
Darby Steiger
AAPOR Conference Chair

Brady West
AAPOR Associate Conference Chair

Notice to Federal Employees

The Annual AAPOR Conference conforms to the OPM definition of a “developmental assignment.” It is intended for educational purposes; over three quarters of time schedule 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.