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AAPOR
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American Association for Public Opinion Research

2017 Conference Update

by Jennifer Dykema, 2017 Conference Chair
Thanks to everyone for making the 72nd annual conference a huge success! It was a record-setting event on many fronts featuring more attendees (over 1,250) and sessions (110) than ever before. Throughout the conference you could hear attendees lament that there were simply too many good sessions to choose from. As promised, it was the premier event for consuming the latest, cutting-edge research on surveys and substantive findings from public opinion researchers. Meanwhile the unprecedented number and variety of sessions focusing on the 2016 election and polling (17 in total) ensured our conference's standing at the forefront of scholarship and debate on the 2016 vote. Proceedings from the conference will be available soon so be sure to get copies of presentations you might have missed.
 
For the first time we kicked off activities with an all-conference panel session. Our distinguished cast of speakers (Michael Link, Claudia Deane, John Dick, Peter Miller, and Margie Omero) led a lively discussion on “Assessing the Climate for Surveys and Social Science Data Collection” in which they touched on critical issues facing our profession like trust, big data, and emerging technologies. To the enjoyment of all, we also expanded the New Member and All-Chapter Party to be bigger, last longer, and include more food! We look forward to continuing this new format in coming years. There were countless other social, educational, and professional development opportunities provided. Helping to contribute to AAPOR’s commitment to diversity, we also featured an intellectually stimulating and thought-provoking workshop on unconscious bias.
 
It has been a pleasure and privilege to serve as your Conference Chair and I thank you for the opportunity! I look forward to seeing all of you next year in Denver for another great conference under the direction of Trent Buskirk and Courtney Kennedy.