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February 2015
Vol. 14, Number 1

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2015 Annual Conference Call for Proposals

Speaker Subcommittee Co-Chairs
Kate Wagenlander,

Jeff Walkowski,

2015 qrca conference

By now, you’ve hopefully marked the dates on your calendar for this year’s conference.  It may be a bit early to book your flights, but now’s the time to think about making a contribution to the conference program.

Proposals are being accepted for the 2015 QRCA Annual Conference, which will be held from October 7-9 in Orlando, Florida. The Conference Speaker Team is looking for presentations and presenters that will once again make this conference the can’t-miss qualitative event of the year.  Proposals will be accepted through March 13, 2015.

The Speaker Team is looking for presentations that teach new skills (for seasoned QRCs as well as for relative newcomers to the field); that bring other researchers up to speed on the latest and greatest in qualitative research tools and technology; or that introduce a new perspective from outside our qualitative circle. Potential speakers are encouraged to relate their presentations to the theme: “Whole New World of Research.”

Each speaker (or speaker team) will receive one complimentary conference registration, which is a great incentive to consider submitting a proposal.

Have a great topic in mind?

The proposal process is designed to be easy and fast, so don’t worry about having your presentation already developed!  Share your nugget of an idea, articulated as best you can, and the Speaker Subcommittee will take it from there. Just be sure to get your proposal in by March 13, 2015

Here are the two steps you should take to submit a proposal:

If you’re “on the fence” about submitting a proposal and want to talk to somebody about it, send an email to and a team member will get in touch with you right away.

Do you have a topic you’d like to see presented at the conference but don’t feel compelled to speak on that topic yourself?  Let the Speaker Team know about that, too.  The team is at your service and strives to make programming as relevant as possible to all attendees.

The Speaker Team welcomes proposals from non-members as well as QRCA members.  So, if you have someone in mind from outside QRCA that you’d like to see present at the conference, pass this info on to them.  If you don’t feel comfortable letting them know, tell us ( who they are and we’ll contact them.

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Announcing the Call for Speakers:  ‘QRCA Track’ for IIeX NA 2015

Kristin Schwitzer,

For the third year in a row, QRCA will be providing speakers for a QRCA-branded track of 20-minute qualitative research sessions at Greenbook’s North American Insights Innovation Event (IIeX NA 2015), which will be taking place in Atlanta, June 15-17, 2015.  Click here for more information.  New this year, QRCA is also being considered to lead a few of the 20-minute-long, hands-on workshops.

View the agenda from IIeX NA 2014 – that will give you a better feel for both the event format and topics for sessions and workshops.

IIeX NA 2015 is promising to be another successful event with 800+ attendees expected.  It will bring together client-side researchers, technology innovators, and market research practitioners to share their knowledge on trends and breakthroughs in our industry. 

If you are interested in being considered to speak, please complete and submit this form no later than Monday, March 16, 2015 to Kristin Schwitzer, Chair of the QRCA Track, at Kristin@beacon-research.comNote: The deadline and selection process for the QRCA sessions are different from for the balance of the sessions, which are being handled directly by Greenbook’s Lenny Murphy.

We are looking for dynamic presentations that showcase innovative ways to generate insights, case studies, and provocative points of view.  Our QRCA Track is specifically focused on innovation in qualitative research!

Hope to see you in Atlanta in June, and please spread the word to help QRCA shine at this exciting event! NOTE: All QRCA members get a 35% discount on registration by using the code QRCA35 when registering!

IIeX Health 2015 is a one-day conference to be hosted by GreenBook in Philadelphia on April 29, 2015.  All QRCA members get a 35% discount on registration (simply use the code QRCA35 when registering).  Click here for more information. 

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