Sociologists discuss the future at VII Grushin sociology conference at RANEPA
The Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) has hosted the VII Grushin Sociology Conference focused on studying the society of the future. The annual event is organized by RANEPA jointly with the VTsIOM national public opinion center and the VTsIOM Foundation.
The Grushin conference is held in memory of the outstanding Russian sociologist Boris Grushin, one of the first to conduct public opinion polls in the Soviet Union. This year, it convened more than 1,800 professionals from 13 countries and more than 80 cities of Russia for more than 30 plenary sessions, thematic sections, round tables and workshops. For the second consecutive year, the Grushin conference was one of the key events of the Russian Research Week, the first nationwide forum of participants of the applied sociology and marketing research market.
This year’s conference, Towards the future: Forecasting in sociological research, involved two days of discussions of approaches in the study of the future society, the challenges and opportunities it will face. The participants considered the development of society and of the research industry, the methods and relevance of electoral and expert forecasts, and the results of the most high-profile surveys.
The discussions at the conference were attended by practitioners, representatives of the government, business, and the media. Leading experts and key professionals in Russian and foreign research companies and centers were among the leading experts at the conference: VTsIOM head Valery Fyodorov, Head of the Zircon research group Igor Zadorin, President of the Public Opinion Foundation Alexander Oslon, President of the World Association for Public Opinion Research Patricia Moy, Managing director at GfK Rus Alexander Demidov, Stanford University professor John Krosnick and many others.