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Press release, 25.10.2018.

Jubilee time use conference in Budapest
40th International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR) Conference – Budapest, 24–26 October 2018


After thirty years the international time use conference is organised in Budapest again, between 24 and 26 October. The event is hosted by the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (HCSO). The conference of the International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR) aims to draw attention to the importance and usefulness of time use analyses and to further possible uses of time use databases.


The first time use conference held in Budapest was in 1988, now the 40th occasion, a jubilee, is also hosted by Budapest, on 24–26 October at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The aim of the event is that the globally acknowledged specialists in the field should share their researches with one another, promoting the survey of time use data and the use of data in every-day life, and the presentation of new ways such as the applicability of Big Data is also possible. With the event, HCSO also aims to strengthen its role in the field of international time use researches by publishing invisible work and other individual methodologies.


Johanna Giczi, a professional consultant for HCSO and a specialist of Hungarian time use researches, and the most important time use scholars in the world present their latest research results at the present conference. The event is graced with the presence of speakers as well who have already participated at the first Budapest IATUR Conference in 1988. 140 guests participate at the jubilee event this year.


The first time use analyses started in the 1960s. The method suitable, too, for international comparisons was introduced by Sándor Szalai and his research team in 1963, and his method became the classic methodology of time use surveys later. HCSO has played an outstanding role in time use analyses since the beginning. Time use surveys are conducted in Hungary – as in several other European countries – every ten years. The last time this type of data collection took place was in 2009/2010, and the preparation for the next, 2020 survey is already in progress.


Website of the 40th International Association for Time Use Research Conference


Time use 2010, interactive chart


Hungarian Central Statistical Office

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