Hungary has a long history in time-use research, spanning back to the 1960s. The wide-range application of time-use analyses flourished at that time. In several countries, including Hungary, the early 1960s was the first period when time-use data recording was conducted on a national sample. Based on this research, an international, comparative time-use research project took place led by Hungarian sociologist Alexander Szalai in 1965. This ambitious project analysed daily time-use by urban and suburban populations in 12 countries – a unique and exceptional direction in research. His study laid the foundations of time-use methodology, which is still in use worldwide.
The first International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR) meeting took place in Varna, Bulgaria in 1970, when IATUR still belonged to one of the International Sociological Association (ISA) thematic groups. The first independent IATUR conference was hosted by Budapest in 1988. Since then, no IATUR conference had been organised in the capital of Hungary – which is why we feel very privileged that the 40th IATUR conference will be hosted by Budapest again. Celebrating this round anniversary, we are going to organize a fascinating Jubilee Conference at the beautiful city of Budapest – a city often quoted as the Paris of Eastern Europe.
The conference title, Time for Us – Celebrating Time Use Research reflects our desire to open the topic of the conference to all researchers working on time-use related research in any field of the social sciences, and make the conference interdisciplinary.