Prague 2007

ESRA held its second conference on survey research from 25 June to 29 June 2007 at the University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic.

Local Organising Committee:

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

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

Conference timetable

Monday June 25th
10:00Conference course registration open
12:00 – 13:00Lunch for short course participants
14:00General conference registration open
13:30 – 16:30Short course: Hypothesis testing using complex survey data (Peter Lynn)
13:30 – 16:30Short course: Coping with measurement error in survey research (Willem E. Saris)
17:00Opening of the conference
17:15Key note speech by Jan van Deth: Measuring Social Capital
18:00Welcome reception
Tuesday June 26th
9:00 – 19:305 Sessions of 1:30 hours each
Wednesday June 27th
9:00 – 17:304 Sessions of 1:30 hours each
18:00Key note speech by Albert Satorra: The Problems of Testing Structural Equation Models
Thursday June 28th
9:00 – 19:305 Sessions of 1:30 hours each
Friday June 29th
9:00 – 15:303 Sessions of 1:30 hours each
15:45Key note speech by Vasja Vehovar: Web Surveys: Advantages and Disadvantages
16:45General Assembly of the ESRA
17:45Closing of the conference
18:00End of the meeting
20:00Conference dinner on the Moldau

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 final conference of the programme Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences (QMSS) of the European Science Foundation (ESF) was held in Prague the week before the ESRA conference, from 21 June to 23 June 2007, to faciliate participation in both conferences. The meeting was organised by the same local committee.