Connecting Time Use Research with Public Policies, Organizations and Society

This year's conference theme is: Connecting Time Use Research with Public Policies, Organizations and Society. Time-use research has the potential to inform key time use policies such as education schedules, mobility, equality policies, amongst many others. The 2021 IATUR conference wants to explore the connection between research, policy-making and societal changes. To that end, plenary sessions will include discussions of research results that have already or can potentially impact society and both the receptions and visits have been designed to allow for knowledge exchange between researchers attending the conference and policy-makers and public servants that execute public policy on a day-to-day basis.


Call for papers

Extended deadline: 18/06/2021

Following the conference topic, the abstracts can be submitted on several policy-related fields. On the call for abstracts page you will find a more detailed explanation on each category. 

Abstracts that are related to time use research but do not fit in any of the pre-set categories can be submitted under the "Others" category.

Please submit your abstract here.


COVID-19 disclaimer

The conference is programmed to happen in Barcelona but the organizers are following closely the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. If it presented a risk for the health and safety of participants, the conference will be held virtually and a partial refund of the registration fee will be returned to those that had already paid it. Please follow closely the COVID-19 section for any news on that regard. 

For those with travel restrictions at the time of the conference, it is possible to partially follow the conference online (see registration fee section). 

Important dates

  • Start abstract submission 25 January 2021
  • Early deadline abstract submission 12 March 2021
  • Early notification of abstract acceptance 2 April 2021
  • Extended Deadline abstract submission 18 June 2021
  • Last notification of abstract acceptance (extended) 4 July 2021
  • Early bird registration open 1 April 2021
  • Early bird registration deadline 15 July 2021
  • Deadline registration 31 September 2021
  • Pre-conference workshop 26 October 2021
  • Conference 27-29 October 2021
  • Welcome reception (Catalan government) 27 October 2021
  • General assembly 29 October 2021
  • Welcome reception (Barcelona City Council) 28 October 2021
  • Gala diner 28 October 2021
  • Post conference tour 27 October 2021

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation requests received by 31 July 2021 will be refunded in full.
  • Cancellation requests received between 1 August 2021 and 26 September will be refunded after deduction of a 50 Euro administration fee for on-site participation and 20 euro administration fee for online participation.
  • 50% of registration costs will be refunded if cancellation requests are received between 27 September and 10 October 2020.
  • From 11 October 2021, conference registration costs cannot be refunded.

It is possible to convert your on-site fee to online fee until 26 September 2021. Any administrative costs related to refunds are passed on to the registered. To convert the fee, please contact the organizers.


Registration fee

Click here for the registration fees. The welcome reception on 27 October and on 28 October, the gala diner on 28 October, the visit to use cases on 27 October and the coffee breaks and lunches during the conference on 27-29 October are included in the conference fee. Participants can bring up to one accompanying person to both welcome receptions at no costs and up to one accompanying person to the gala dinner at a cost of 70 euro. Please book accompanying persons when registering for the conference. The pre-conference workshop, and tour can be booked at an additional cost. See all options here.

It is possible to follow the conference online for a fixed price fee. The online fee includes the possibility to stream live or see afterwards the videos for the two plenary sessions and the six break-out sessions that take place on the main room (to be announced) and the online break-out sessions. It is NOT possible to follow on-site break-out sessions happening outside the main room or to interact online with the presenters of the sessions in the main room. Click here to register online.

IATUR offers a reduced membership and conference fee for students, people who have retired from employment, people from the Catalan research ecosystem and people based in a low income economies. To see the criteria for eligibility for these reductions, select this option in your Profile under the Billing tab. If you meet these criteria, please upload evidence of your eligibility. You will be notified by e-mail if your request for this reduction is approved. This reduction only applies after you receive this confirmation e-mail. Please do not pay for your membership and/or conference fee before you have received this e-mail. We normally take up to 3 working days to process requests. In August, requests may take longer to process.