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|2018 QRCA Annual Conference Call for Presenters|
The 2018 Call for Proposals is NOW CLOSED.
The theme of the 2018 QRCA Annual Conference is “Elevate & Cultivate.” The conference will be hosted January 24-26, 2018, in Phoenix, AZ, a city that has carefully cultivated itself and grown to the 5th largest US city. From high on the butte, we will overlook the city that’s been home to many masters of their disciplines.
Regardless of one’s tenure as a qualitative consultant, it is our duty to continuously push ourselves and be leaders for our clients. To get there, we need to focus on mastering the art and science of uncovering, and then sharing, insights. We need to cultivate our skills in analyzing unstructured data and identifying optimal methods and techniques for eliciting rich learning that helps our clients succeed. And, as more and more clients are leaning on qualitative, we need to equip professionals in our industry to elevate their game – from beginning to end.
This year, we will be seeking both Presentation and Round Table proposals that leverage the conference theme. Remember, you have experience to elevate and cultivate others.
Important: What We’re Not Looking For
Breakout sessions will primarily run for 60 minutes, with a few 90 minutes options.
Round Table sessions will run approximately 60 minutes. (PLEASE NOTE: Registration is NOT included for those leading a Round Table discussion.)
Other Submission Guidelines
How to Submit a Proposal
Deadline for submitting speaker application forms and headshots (at least 200x200 pixels, hi-res JPEG preferred) to email@example.com
Notification of speaker selection
Materials due to speaker team: Finalized description of your session for program (no more than 200 words); Bio to be used for marketing purposes (no more than 100 words); Outline of your session; One piece of marketing content to be used on LinkedIn and/or Facebook to publicize your session (150-200 words and a photo, or a short video)
Draft of presentation due to speaker team
Interactive work with speaker team
Full copy of final presentation due
Your bio and a description of your session will be included in materials promoting the conference, such as the conference website and brochure and given to attendees.
What if I’m still not sure about submitting an idea?
Help is available -- if you have any questions while you are developing your submission, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I suggest a topic or recommend a speaker?
If you do not wish to present at the conference yourself, we encourage you to facilitate a Round Table discussion, or you may suggest a topic or recommend speakers, regardless of whether they are QRCA members or not. Please send your suggestions to email@example.com.
I am not a QRCA member. What information should I know about the organization and about the conference to ensure my topic would be a good fit?
QRCA, the Qualitative Research Consultants Association, is an international organization that promotes excellence in all aspects of qualitative research. Founded in 1983, QRCA is the largest professional organization of independent qualitative researchers, with nearly 1,000 members in 30 countries.
The mission of the QRCA Annual Conference is to provide superior educational opportunities for members and qualified non-members that will enhance their skills and improve the professionalism of the industry. Attendees at the Annual Conference are primarily qualitative research consultants, not research buyers.
Qualitative research is designed to explore the perceptions, opinions, beliefs, and attitudes of a target audience in relation to specific topics or issues. The results of qualitative research are descriptive, rather than predictive. Qualitative research methods include focus groups, executive & professional interviews, online methods and observational & ethnographic research.
QRCA members are professionals who provide these and additional consulting services to major corporations and organizations throughout the world. They assist these groups in launching new products & services, improving existing products & services, encouraging customer retention, and creating advertising campaigns, among other objectives.
More information can be obtained from our website, including videos of conference speakers, archived Qcast webinars, and our quarterly magazine, Views. Our LinkedIn group also has lively discussions on topics of interest to this professional community.
Thank you for your interest in the Qualitative Research Consultants Association and the 2018 Annual Conference. For additional information or to suggest a topic or speaker, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 QRCA Conference Speaker Committee Chairs