Frequently Asked Questions


Q: When and where will BigSurv20 be held this year?

A: It will be held virtually every Friday in November and early December. The dates are November 6, 13, 20, 27 and December 4, 2020. The conference will be held online, so that means you can participate in BigSurv20 sessions from anywhere in the world.

Q: How much will it cost to register for BigSurv20? BigSurv20 is free of charge (!!). Attendeess will need to register to access the virtual conferenc materials. Registation will open in September 2020

Q: Why will BigSurv20 not take place in person?

A: The BigSurv20 organizing committee has been monitoring the spread of COVID-19 throughout the world over the last few months. There remains uncertainty about how the situation will develop in the Netherlands and around the world, and it is likely that disruptions will continue well into fall of 2020. With the safety of our participants as our main priority, we have decided that BigSurv20 will not be held in-person. Simply put, it would be very hard to properly implement social distancing measures and guarantee everyone’s well-being throughout the conference.

Q: What has changed in the transition from in-person to virtual?

While we are extremely excited about our plans for the virtual BigSurv20, the change in format has implications for other events at the conference:

  • The student paper conference will still take place and has a new deadline. The deadline for paper submissions is July 31, 2020. Please see the BigSurv20 student paper award wepage for more information.
  • We are looking into ways to host the big data challenge as part of the conference. Please keep an eye out for future information with more details.
  • As the conference will be entirely online and free of charge, we will no longer be awarding travel scholarships.
  • The short courses are cancelled.

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].