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Eurobarometer, Madrid, 27th October 2006

Conference Timetable

Timetable
Time Event
9.00 Registration
9.30 Opening reception by Margot Wallström,
Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy
Moderator:
Mr. Claus Sørensen (DK), Director-General of Directorate General Communication, European Commission
Speakers:
Mr. Joaquín Almunia (ES), Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, European Commission
Mr. Alejo Vidal-Quadras (ES), Vice-President of the European Parliament
Mrs. Rosa Conde (ES), President Fundación Carolina, Former spokesperson of the government of Felipe Gonzalez.
Mr. Prof. Max Kaase (DE), Political Scientist, University of Mannheim
Mr. Alberto Navarro (ES), Spanish State Secretary for the European Union
Language:
Simultaneous translation (EN/ FR/ ES)
10.30 Coffee break
11.00 Parallel workshop session A
Workshop A1 "Polling, politics, democracy and the citizen" (only in the morning)
Workshop A2 "Best practices in comparative surveys and networking I"
Workshop A3 "The national dimension - a case from Spain I"
13.00 Lunch
14.30 Parallel workshop session B
Workshop B1 "Exploring European opinion: Dealing with complexity and diversity" (only in the afternoon)
Workshop B2 "Best practices in comparative surveys and networking II"
Workshop B3 "The national dimension - a case from Spain II"
16.00 Coffee break
16:30 Plenary Session
Presentation of the outcomes and conclusions of the workshops
The workshop moderators will present and discuss the outcomes of the conference.
Moderator:
Mr. Claus Sørensen (DK), Director-General of Directorate General Communication, European Commission
Reporter:
Mrs. Ariane Debyser (FR), Directorate General Communication, European Commission
Speakers:
Mr. Prof. Renato Mannheimer (IT), University of Milano-Bicocca
Mr. Rolf Gustavsson (SE), Journalist, Svenska Dagbladet
Mr. Adam Philips (UK), Professional Standards Committee, ESOMAR
Mr. Luis Herrero (ES), Member of European Parliament
Mr. Miguel Ángel Aguilar (ES), Secretary General, Asociación de Periodistas Europeos
Language:
Simultaneous translation (EN/ FR/ ES)
17.15 Official conclusion by Margot Wallström
Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy
17.30 End
Conference manager: Antonis Papacostas, Directorate General Communication, European Commission
Conference coordinator: Susanne Bosman, Directorate General Communication, European Commission

The workshops in detail

General note:
You can freely choose two workshops of your preference. You can change your workshop group in the afternoon. Please decide which workshops you would like to attend when registering for the conference on this website. Thank you for your co-operation.
Workshop A1 "Polling, politics, democracy and the citizen"
The role and the use of opinion polls within democratic and political processes
The workshop will focus on the role and the use of opinion polls within democratic and political (decision making) processes. The participants will discuss how results of opinion polls should be understood and disseminated. They will furthermore analyse which alternative ways of testing policies (and the opinion of citizens) are reasonable. The question how opinion polls can be used to foster the democratic processes in society will be another important topic.
Moderator:
Mr. Prof. Renato Mannheimer (IT), University of Milano-Bicocca
Reporter:
Mr. Marcin Grabiec (PL), Directorate General Communication, European Commission
Speakers:
Mrs. Prof. Lena Kolarska-Bobinska (PL), President Polish Institute of Public Affairs
Mr. Pierre Giacometti, (FR) Director-General IPSOS
Mr. Bo Krogvig (SE), Former Director of Information and Campaigning in the Swedish Social Democratic party and President of the European Association of Political Consultants
Mrs. Hanna Brogren (SE), Head of Press and Information, Swedish Government Offices
Mr. Ioanis Prenteteris (EL), Journalist, To Vima
Language:
EN, no translation provided
Workshop B1 "Exploring European opinion: Dealing with complexity and diversity"
Exploring the specificity and complexity of European Public Opinion
In this workshop the specificity and complexity of European public opinion will be discussed. It will review how this concept has evolved over time and what can be learned from several decades of research and monitoring. Both the national and the supranational dimensions of European public opinion will be taken into account. The Eurobarometer as a tool will have a central place during this workshop and there will be time to discuss both the strengths and the weaknesses of this tool.
Moderator:
Mr. Rolf Gustavsson (SE), Journalist, Svenska Dagbladet
Reporter:
Mr. David Voidie (FR), Directorate General Communication, European Commission
Speakers:
Prof. Dominique Reynié (FR), Directeur de l'OIP, Professor of Political Sciences at the Institut d'études politiques Paris.
Mr. Roger Jupp (IR), Managing Director Lansdowne Market Research
Mrs. Marita Carballo (ARG/ES), Global Head Polling & Social Sector TNS
Mr. Peter MacDonagh (IR), Research Consultant, Former adviser to the Irish Prime Minister
Mr. István György Tóth (HU), Director of Tárki
Language:
EN, no translation provided
Workshop A2/ B2 "Best practises in comparative surveys and networking"
Comparative surveys in a pan-European perspective
The workshop will be divided in a morning and an afternoon session.
A2 Morning session:
The main objective of the first session is to discuss good practices and methodologies within the field of public opinion research. General methods and interpretation of the results of public opinion surveys, qualitative research, internet surveys and deliberative polling will be discussed. Furthermore telephone interviews, mobile phones and security issues will be important topics.
B2 Afternoon session:
The central issue of the afternoon session is the question how the exchange of national experiences and resources can be enhanced. In this context opportunities for setting up a pan-European network of experts in public opinion research will be analysed in detail. It will also be discussed whether there is a necessity for a permanent structure, i.e. an observatory, to follow up public opinion research.
Moderator:
Mr. Adam Philips (UK), Professional Standards Committee, ESOMAR
Reporter:
Mr. Renaud Soufflot de Magny (FR), Directorate General Communication, European Commission
Speakers:
Prof. Dr. Peter Mohler (DE), Director of the Centre for Survey Research and Methodology, Mannheim
Prof. Roger Jowell (UK), Director of the Centre for Comparative Social Survey, London
Prof. Pierangelo Isernia (IT), Professor of Political Science University of Siena, Scientific Committee of TNS
Mr. José Ignacio Wert Ortega (ES), President of ESOMAR (To be confirmed)
Mrs. Pilar Escario (ES), General Manager Escario & Associates
Dr. Rasa Alisauskiene (LT), Director-General of Baltic Surveys Ltd
Mr. Nick Moon (UK), Director, Gfk NOP Social Research
Prof. Roland Cayrol (FR), Directeur General Delegué, CSA
Mr. Alec Gallup (USA), Chairman The Gallup Poll and The Gallup Organization Ltd.
Prof. Allan McCutcheon (USA), Professor of statistics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln / Secretary General of WAPOR
Language:
EN, no translation provided
Workshop A3/ B3 "The national dimension - a case from Spain"
Public opinion and public opinion polling in Spain
Language: EN, no translation provided
In this workshop, renowned representatives of the Spanish society will discuss and present their ideas about issues related to public opinion in Spain. Several ideas and approaches discussed in the other workshops will be pooled into a national case study.. The workshop will be divided in a morning and an afternoon session.
A3 Morning session:
European public opinion in Spain: state of play
The morning session aims at addressing public opinion and research within the field of public opinion in Spain.
Moderator:
Mr. Luis Herrero (ES), Member of European Parliament
Reporter:
Mrs. Linda Corugedo Steneberg, Directorate General Communication, European Commission
Speakers:
Mrs. Pilar del Castillo (ES) MEP,
Carlos Carnero. (ES) MEP
Mr. Fernando Vallespín (ES), President of the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas
Mr. Carlos Malo de Molina (ES), President of SIGMA DOS
Prof. Juan Dìez-Nicolas (ES), Professor of Sociology, Universidad Complutense Madrid and President of ASEP, Analisis Sociológicos Económicos y Polìticos
Prof. Julian Santamaria (ES), Professor of Political Science, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and President of NOXA Consulting
Mr. Mariano Torcal (ES), Professor of Political Science, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, National Coordinator of European Surveys
Language:
ES, no translation provided
B3 Afternoon session:
European Dimension of the Spanish Political Debate
The core issue of this session is to highlight the European dimension of the Spanish political debate.
Moderator:
Mr. Miguel Ángel Aguilar (ES), Secretary General of APE (Asociación de Periodistas Europeos)
Reporter:
Mr. Miguel Angel Benedicto (ES), Prince Consultant, European Commission
Speakers:
Mr. Carlos Carnero (ES), Member of the European Parliament
Mr. Joan Font (ES), CIS (Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas) Research Director
Mr. Óscar López Águeda (ES), Member of the Spanish Parliament
Mr. Victor de la Serna (ES), Deputy Editor for International Relations, El Mundo
Mr. Javier Noya (ES), Principal Researcher on Spain's External Image and Public Opinión. Real Instituto Elcano
Language:
ES, no translation provided