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Conference: Recap and Look Ahead

by Courtney Kennedy, Conference Chair
Thanks to everyone for making the 73rd Annual Conference a huge success! The conference featured a record number of sessions (112) and near-record number of attendees (over 1,200). Our indefatigable Denver conference chair, Trent Buskirk, made a number of innovations to the program – all with an eye toward helping members update their skills for this new era of survey research and data analytics. Denver attendees saw the first ever Public Opinion Research Training and Learning (PORTAL) sessions, AAPOR’s Got Talent, multi-vendor demonstration sessions, and a new conference app. Congratulations to AGT grand prize winner, Allyson Holbrook.
Later this year as you start thinking about the 2019 conference in Toronto, please note some key pieces of information:
  • Passports! For the first time Americans will need a passport to travel to the conference.
  • Throwback schedule. The conference will be held Thursday through Sunday, per the hotel contract made several years ago.
  • Applied probability is back. Reinstated after an impassioned appeal from Past President Edelman and not so subtle exhibit hall booth.
  • Joint conference. Toronto will be a joint AAPOR/WAPOR conference year. Our programs overlap on Sunday as ours winds down and WAPOR’s begins.
Additional details about the Toronto conference will be rolled out this fall. Look for the program to highlight cutting edge approaches to data collection and analytics, polling from the 2018 midterm election, challenges and innovations in the Decennial Census, international survey research, and much more. You may also notice changes to some conference elements:
  • PORTALS. We are pleased to bring back PORTALS next year for added training on cutting-edge methods. We will be switching this from an open submission to an offline process akin to how we handle short courses and plenaries (which, like PORTALS, run 45 min. or longer). If you are interested in giving a PORTAL presentation or would like to suggest a topic, please contact me.
  • Panels. We are looking into changing the process for submitting a panel. Last year we were able to accept 24 of 37 submitted panels. Papers in rejected panels were not eligible for acceptance on their own. We are working to change that for next year.
  • Theme, DEMOs, Video Contest. These elements will be put on hiatus next year. See the Applied Probability note above for tips on successfully reinstating mothballed events.  
We will provide more specific details on AAPORNet as they unfold.  If you have any questions about next year’s conference or want to know how you could get involved as a volunteer, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected].