The International Field Directors and Technologies Conference (IFD&TC)

Abstracts for participation in the 53rd Annual IFD&TC held in May 2019 are
currently being accepted!  The deadline for submissions is January 14th, 2019

Please review the suggested field-based and technology-based topic lists provided by the conference organizers for presentations, panel discussions, and round-tables.

When you are ready to submit an abstract, please follow the instructions on how to submit an abstract.

The 2019 International Field Directors & Technologies Conference
The Hilton Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, from May 19 through May 22, 2019

A friendly reminder to 2019 Toronto attendees from the U.S. that passports are now required to leave and/or return to the U.S.. It can take up to 3 months to obtain a U.S. passport if you do not currently have one, so we recommend beginning that process as soon as possible.
For more information, visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html.

If you are planning to attend in 2019 and are from a country other than the U.S., please visit the Citizenship & Immigration of Canada (CIC) website to learn more about visa or passport requirements for entering Canada at:


The IFD&TC provides a unique forum for government, academic institutions and not-for-profit agencies to informally communicate with each other. Attendees include field directors, field technicians and survey managers. There are no membership dues and the only activity is our annual conference each May.  Abstracts from a limited number of for-profit survey research organizations are also accepted each year.  For-profit organization staff are only able to attend if they have an accepted abstract and appear on the program. To learn more about the purpose of the conference, and see if your organization is eligible, see the conference charter and bylaws pages.To learn more, please click on the links to the right for conference details, hotel information, and transportation options.

If you have questions, please contact Kelly Elver, Co-Registrar at kelver@ssc.wisc.edu,or Kevin Tharp, Co-Registrar at kwtharp@indiana.edu, to learn more.

Your International Field Directors and Technologies Conference Organizers

Information regarding our friend, colleague, and long-time IFD&TC conference registrar Rita Koontz, who passed away on September 15, 2018.