Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When and where will BigSurv20 take place?

A: BigSurv20 activities begin on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 and continue through Friday, November 6, 2020 on the campus of Utrecht University in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Q: Could the Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact the BigSurv20 conference?

A: The BigSurv20 Scientific Committee is committed to ensuring the health and safety of its participants and host country residents. Because of this, we are actively monitoring the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on travel and safety. As of now, there are no planned changes to the BigSurv20 conference or to pre-conference activities. However, we will continue to monitor the situation and will be holding a BigSurv20 Scientific Committee meeting in May to determine whether any changes need to be made. We will keep you updated through our website and our BigSurv20 Twitter feed (@BigSurv20). Also, you can subscribe to receive updates by using this link to register for BigSurv20 updates.  

Q: What are some of the BigSurv20 activities attendees can expect?

A: BigSurv20 attendees can expect exciting keynote speakers, short courses on cutting edge topics in computer/data science and survey methodology, and a series of spectacular sessions. If you were a lucky attendee of BigSuv18, you can expect a similarly fantastic conference experience. If the 2020 conference will be your first BigSurv experience, we think you will love every minute of it.

Q: When did the call for BigSurv20 abstracts open and close?

A: The BigSurv20 call for abstracts opened in November 2019 and closed on February 20, 2020. Acceptance decisions will be announced in April 2020.

Q: When does the BigSurv20 registration open?

A: BigSurv20 registration will open in June 2020.

Q: How do I find out about travel and paper awards?

A: The BigSurv20 scientific committee is interested in supporting conference attendance by undergraduate students, graduate students, and early career scholars. BigSurv20 award opportunities include two student paper awards (students or recent 2019/2020 graduates) and early career scholar travel awards (graduate students or 2015-2020 graduates). The student paper awards include a monetary award and a conference travel stipend. The early career scholar travel awards include a travel stipend. Students and early career scholars from underrepresented regions are encouraged to apply for the awards. Additional information on the award application process will be released in the near future. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email us at [email protected].

Q: Are there any other BigSurv20 key dates we should keep in mind?

A:   Call for abstracts: November 2019 – February 20, 2020

        Early registration opens: June 2020

        Early registration closes: August 15, 2020

        Regular registration opens: August 16, 2020

        Online registration deadline: October 16, 2020

Q: How do I find out if I need a visa to travel to the Netherlands?

A: All BigSurv20 attendees are responsible to make their own travel arrangements and obtain necessary travel documents (e.g., visas). For questions please visit or email us at [email protected].

Q: I’ve heard a lot of good things about BigSurv18. How can I find out more about what happened at the conference?

A: The full program from BigSurv18 is available on the BigSurv18 website. Also, the chair of the BigSurv18 organizing committee, Antje Kirchner, included a summary of BigSurv18 in the Newsletter of the International Association of Survey Statisticians.

Q: How can I stay informed about all the great things planned for BigSurv20?

A: If you’re on Twitter, please consider following us (@BigSurv20, #BigSurv20). If you’re not on Twitter (or if you're on Twitter but want even more BigSurv20 details), you can peruse our current eNewsletter or subscribe to receive future eNewsletters to learn more about all the wonderful activities planned for BigSurv20.

Q: Does BigSurv20 have an email account for general questions about the conference?

A: Of course! If you have any questions for which you didn’t find an answer on our website, please feel free to send us an email to [email protected].