Past Events (up to 2015)


European Values Survey at the 6th European Survey Research Association Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland 13-17 July 2015

EVS has been actively involved in the ESRA Conference . A special panel dedicated to the European Values Study was organized by Ruud Luijkx, Chair of the Methodology Group of EVS. During this session key members of EVS as well as other scholars gave presentations based on EVS data . According to the Conference Program 10 papers presented in Reykjavik made use of the EVS data.

European Values Survey at International Society for the Sociology of Religion Conference in Louvain-la-Nouve, Belgium, July 2-5 2015

International Society for the Sociology of Religion Conference with the theme ‘Sensing Religion’ was held on July 2 – 5 2015 and was hosted by Catholic University of Louvain. EVS was actively involved in this scientific event, five key members of EVS giving presentations in various panels.


European Values Study Workshop, Bilbao, Spain, 10th October 2014

The European Values Study and the University of Deusto have organized a workshop on Values, Solidarity and Generations on Friday 10th October 2014 in Bilbao, Spain. The workshop has focused on the three topics of generational changes of value orientations, social solidarity and identity as well as on methodological issues related to measuring values and attracted a broader audience (43 researchers from 24 European countries).


European Values Study Workshop, Vilnius, Lithuania, 30 June – 1 July 2011

The European Values Study, in collaboration with the Faculty of Philosophy of Vilnius University, organized a workshop “Understanding Value Patterns in Europe” in Vilnius, Lithuania, from June, 30 till July, 1, 2011. The program focused on papers that use the integrated datafile of the most recent European Values Study wave, and which make explanatory comparisons using modernization and institutionalization theories.

ESRA conference, Lausanne, Switzerland, 18-22 July, 2011

Wolfgang Jagodzinski (University of Cologne, Germany) and Ruud Luijkx (Tilburg University, the Netherlands) organized a session on “European Values Study – methodological and substantive applications” in the fourth conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA), which was held in Lausanne, Switzerland, from the 18th to the 22nd of July, 2011.

Description of the session
The European Values Study (EVS) is a unique research project into Europe’s basic values. First, it spans a period of almost 30 years with surveys in 1981, 1990, 1999, and 2008. Second, EVS has an extensive geographical coverage. In Europe, the survey has gradually been expanded from mostly Western European countries in 1981 to the whole of Europe in 2008. Third, even though several items have been changed in the consecutive waves, EVS still includes an impressive number of unchanged questions. Fourth, researchers have combined survey data with macro-level data so that multi-level models can be estimated. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the questionnaires pertain to a very broad spectrum of life domains: family and marriage, economics, work, leisure, politics, religion, morality.

This allows to introduce overarching concepts and to examine their effects on attitude and reported behavior in different domains. Such a rich data source also offers a unique chance for substantive and methodological investigations. We are particularly interested in papers which make use of the comparative potential of EVS from a methodological and a substantive perspective. To give a few examples: Do the measurement instruments that have been used in EVS guarantee comparability across time and space? In which domains do we observe a generational change during the last decades and in which domains are life-cycle effects more plausible. Can we reliably estimate the long-term change? Which models are suited best for that purpose? To what extent can differences between countries traced back to cultural influences? How can the latter be measured? What are the main problems of these multi-level models? However, other empirical and methodological topics are possible too.

Researchers were invited to submit paper proposals for this session on EVS at the ESRA website by following the link Call for presentation proposals at ESRA 2011. Please contact us ( or if you have any questions.

International conference The Value(s) of Europe, Tilburg University, the Netherlands, 23-25 November 2011

On November 23-25, 2011, the European Values Study and Tilburg University organized an international conference on the Value(s) of Europe at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. During the conference, the first copy of the new Atlas of European Values was presented.


19-22 October 2010: European Values Workshop, Bilbao, 19-22 October 2010

The European Values Study and Deusto University organized a workshop in Bilbao from 19-22 October 2010. The program focused on comparative studies and multilevel analysis.

8-11 June 2010: European Values Study WORKSHOP Zagreb

The European Values Study and the Faculty of Law University of Zagreb organized a workshop in Zagreb from 8 until 11 June 2010. The program of the workshop consisted of: (a) presentation of national reports, (b) lectures on theoretical understandings of trends and cross-national differences in values, (c) computer labs on multi-level analysis.

11-15 January 2010: European Values Study WORKSHOP Cologne

The European Values Study and GESIS organized a workshop in Cologne from 11 until 15 January 2010. About 40 participants joined the sessions in which the internal 2008 Integrated Data Set (IDS) was introduced. Further developments in longitudinal and comparative value research were discussed and the contemporary methodological and statistical standards of comparative value research were elaborated on.


29 June – 3 July 2009: European Values Study Sessions, ESRA conference in Warsaw

The third Conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) was held in Warsaw from the 29th of June until the 3rd of July 2009. Three sessions on Tuesday June, 30, were dedicated to the European Values Study. Coordinators were Paul M. de Graaf (Tilburg University, Netherlands); Wolfgang Jagodzinski (Central Archive, Germany) and Ruud Luijkx (Tilburg University, Netherlands).

European Values Study session I

  • Religious trends in Dutch society 1981-2008. Results from the European Values Study – L. Halman.
  • The relationship between autonomy and social behavior. The Netherlands 1981-2008 – P. de Graaf.
  • When values change – R. Skovgaard Christensen, P. Gundelach.

European Values Study session II

  • -Is Religion Really a Cultural Marker? The Impact of Religion on National, Supra- and Sub-national Identities – W. Jagodzinski.
  • Trends in gender beliefs in Romania: 1993-2008 – M. Voicu, P. Tufis.
  • Does the decline in church religiosity foster alternative spiritualities and/or unbelief? – P. Siegers.
  • Translation Problems in International Surveys: On the Difficulties of Translating a Western Language Master Questionnaire into Asian Languages – K. Manabe.

European Values Study session III

  • Presentation of the European Values Study 2008: an overview – R. Luijkx.
  • Value change in Eastern Europe – what is happening there? – H. Rusu, M. Comsa.
  • Job Preference Orientations in Europe: Tests for Equivalence and Explanations for Cross-National Variation – M. Gesthuizen, E. Verbakel.
  • The European Social Model: formal institutions and individual attitudes, 1990- 2006. A multilevel study – M. E. Kaminska, F. Koster.
  • Trends and expectations: First results from the Austrian survey – R. Polak, K. Renner.