More than a thousand participants from eleven countries attended the two-day IX International Grushin Conference which took place at Financial University in Moscow. The conference was organized by VCIOM.
A total of 130 researchers, businessmen and public officials took part in 30 various sections. They discussed the following topics: how sociology helps people understand themselves; where the boundaries between the researcher and the social engineer constructing reality are; how day-to-day public opinion studies help make changes to the strategy of development of the regions in order to get a consensus between people and the authorities. Conference attendees also argued about the role of sociological studies as a feedback tool between people and the authorities, about their practical role in social engineering.
International Grushin Conference is a major annual event in research industry organized by VCIOM. It gathers the leading Russian and world researchers, scientists, public officials and businessmen. Since 2017 the Grushin Conference has been part of Russian Research Week (RIN). The 2019 Conference is supported by top research companies and sponsored by OMI (Online Market Intelligence), Online Interviewer and SimpleForms. The Conference is named after B. A. Grushin, an outstanding Russian sociologist, the founder of all-union survey network which gave birth to the VCIOM network and most of public opinion centers all across Russia and the former USSR.RIA Novosti is the general information partner of the Grushin Conference. Other information partners are Rossiyskaya Gazeta and PR News company.