Conference Format



Chile, 14-18 November 2011

Scientific Programme

The 2011 Conference will be held over five days (Monday through Friday). More than 140 abstracts were received in response to the Call for Papers.  These were the major inspiration for the definition of cutting edge methodological issues that are the basis of the Scientific Programme, and which comprises Plenary Sessions, Workshops, Poster Sessions, and a “Café Clinic” of Ask the Expert roundtables.

Plenary Sessions

A plenary session will initiate the conference with presentation of papers addressing over-arching and forward thinking themes.  In addition, the initial plenary will contain a “client panel” to facilitate a dialogue in between survey researchers and those who use survey data for planning and policymaking.  Two other Plenary Sessions will be used to report back on workshop discussions (see below).  An interactive, final Plenary Session will close the conference, build a synthesis of urgent issues and elicit recommendations from delegates on themes for the next conference.


The Programme Committee has defined 14 workshop themes by clustering the abstract topics submitted in response to the Call for Papers. These workshops have been assigned to either an “A” or “B” series, with 7 workshops in each series. Delegates will be asked to attend only one workshop in each series.

Each workshop will comprise four 90-minute sessions, with a report back on the workshop discussions in a plenary session.  A Chair, who has been selected for his/her expertise and experience with the topic, will facilitate each workshop.

The Chairs will be able to frame the discussions in their Workshop around a variety of recent methodological findings from around the world.   Some authors are being invited to present findings in the Workshops.  A set of 3 or 4 papers, collectively, will perform the role of a resource paper in each Workshop.  These papers were identified through the reviews of the submitted abstracts, and were selected for presentation in the workshop because, taken together, they illustrate the key survey research and practice issues on the topic.  There were a few gaps in the material submitted for presentation that the Programme Committee believed to be of key contemporary importance, and so a small number of Workshop Paper authors have been invited to cover these.

Poster Sessions Related to Workshop Themes

A majority of contributed papers will be presented as posters.  There will be two 2-hour Poster Sessions, one closely linked to the set of themes in the A series Workshops, the other linked to those in the B series Workshops.  Authors who present in these sessions will further illustrate the state of survey research and practice for one or more workshop themes.  While the posters will not be presented in the workshops, they will be on display during the entire period that related workshops are meeting, and the Programme Committee expects that Workshop Chairs will find a way to incorporate their main methodological findings into the discussion.  In this way, an average of 8 to 10 contributions will feed into each Workshop, creating enhanced participation opportunities for delegates.

Café Clinic

An initial conference activity is particularly addressed to survey transport researchers who are relatively new to the field.  In an informal setting, experts representing five or six pre-selected survey science topics (e.g., sampling, instrument design, etc.) will be available to answer questions or simply discuss the issues.  This activity will be done in a multiple roundtable format in which the experts will remain at their table for the whole activity, which takes two hours, while all participants will be ask to move to a new table every 20 minutes.  And yes, refreshments will be served!

RIP (Research in Progress) Board

Delegates who would like to give some visibility to survey methods research that is too recent to be published are invited to prepare mini-posters to be displayed on a designated board in the main coffee area, available during the whole Conference.  Mini-posters, not to exceed one A3 sheet (297mm × 420mm) or the closest North American equivalent (11 x 17 inches), per project, may be posted at will.  RIP posters are not subject to peer review and do not constitute a presentation at the Conference.  The RIP Board is intended to facilitate networking about very recent transport survey research topics and innovative applications, so contact information for a knowledgeable person who is present at the Conference should be provided.

Submission of Papers and Posters

Preprints of conference papers and posters will be provided on electronic media to registered participants at the start of the conference. Authors invited to present findings in Workshops should submit a full paper.  Poster authors are asked to submit a copy of their poster, plus either a full paper or an updated version of their extended abstract.  Please go to the Paper and Poster Preparation Guidelines section of this Web site for further instructions.  To submit, please go to the Paper and Poster Submission section. The deadline for inclusion in the E-Preprints is 1 October 2011.

Conference Book

The Chile Conference book will contain, as in earlier volumes, an introductory chapter, keynote (plenary) papers, and a synthesis of the discussions in each workshop.  In addition, about half of the Workshop Papers are expected to be published in the book:  the exact number depends on our negotiations with a publisher on the maximum size of the book and the desired page range for chapters. All papers offered for publication will be subject to peer review, which will be the primary input to the selection process.  Additional opportunities for publication are being explored.  Authors of Workshop Papers who wish to publish in the book must submit an E-Preprint version by 1 October, and record their wish by checking that option at the time of submission. Shortly after the Conference, such authors will receive guidance on the selection criteria and the publisher’s requirements, and will have until 15 January 2012 to make any changes to the paper before it is sent out for peer review.