Since the establishment of WAPOR in 1947, this year’s annual conference to be held in Hong Kong is the first time ever in 65 years that WAPOR holds an annual conference outside Europe and North America. We in the University of Hong Kong are determined to make it a success, and we are half way there already.
In response to our first call for papers which ended on January 1, over 160 proposals have been received. After screening by an 11-member Scientific Committee, over 130 papers have been accepted up to this date for presentation at the conference. A rough breakdown of the accepted papers shows that 47% comes from Europe and America, 45% comes from Asia, and 8% comes from the rest of the world. The titles of these papers can be found at http://wapor2012.hkpop.hk/.
Since a number of feature panels and round table discussions are still being organized, the final number of presentations is expected to reach over 150. Meanwhile, the call for poster presentations has already gone out, and the deadline is set at March 1. Please help to spread the news. The theme of the conference is “The New World of Public Opinion Research”, signifying the importance of new methodologies, new technologies, and new paradigms in the study of public opinion in the era of new media and new way of life in new parts of the world.