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Seminar on Novel Measurement Problems in Social Sciences:
Response Styles, Careless Responding, Measurement Invariance, Log‑Data, and Technology-Based Measurement

15-05-2024 – 17-05-2024

Warsaw, Poland

Conference Topics

This conference addresses measurement issues in the broadly defined field of social sciences, with particular emphasis on sociology, psychology, and educational sciences. The primary topics to be discussed at the conference include, but are not limited to:

  1. Measurement distortions such as response biases, including response styles, inattentive responding, and social desirability responding.
  2. The collection, processing, and utilisation of process data (log-data) and other paradata to enhance measurement accuracy in social sciences.
  3. Technological innovations in measurement, encompassing the use of computers, machine learning methods, and large language models (commonly referred to as „artificial intelligence”), along with their implications for measurement development.
  4. Statistical modelling of latent variables (new response models, measurement invariance, etc.).
  5. Additional measurement and modelling challenges in social sciences, covering psychometric, statistical, and methodological concerns.

These issues will be explored in the context of both cognitive tasks (e.g., tests) and non-cognitive tasks (surveys and questionnaires), with a special focus on technological aspects – namely, measurement processes mediated by new technologies such as computers, smartphones, and online research methodologies.

Invited Speakers

The tentative list of invited speakers is to include:

  • Francesca Borgonovi (OECD/University College London)
  • Ulf Kroehne (DIPF)
  • Oliver Lüdtke (IPN Kiel)
  • Alexander Robitzsch (IPN Kiel)
  • Esther Ulitzsch (CEMO)

Organising Committee

  • Artur Pokropek – Head
  • Maria Flakus
  • Marek Muszyński
  • Hubert Plisiecki
  • Tomasz Żółtak


The conference will be held at the seat of the Polish Academy of Sciences: Staszic Palace at 72 Nowy Świat Street, Warsaw, Poland, in the Erazm Majewski Hall (3rd floor).

Staszic Palace is easy accessible by public transport: using buses (bus stop “Uniwersytet”) or subway (“Nowy Świat-Uniwersytet” station of the M2 line).

To get to the Erazm Majewski Hall, please use the main entrance to the building, which is located on the north side, just behind the Nicolaus Copernicus Monument and take the elevator on the right of the main stairways to the 3rd floor.
It is also possible to reach the 3rd floor by stairs, but you will need to use the staircase to the right of the main stairways, as the main stairways only lead to the 1st floor.


The conference program can be downloaded at this link: PAN-Metrics progam (PDF).

We are looking forward to meeting you in Warsaw!

The conference is organised by the Committee of Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Computational Social Sciences Department from the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences and is co-financed by the National Science Centre (NCN) research grant (2019/33/B/HS6/00937).