Choice Symposium Workshops


The Erasmus School of Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam calls for workshop proposals on decision processes and choice, 12-16 Jun 2013; Deadline 30 Sep

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9th Invitational Choice Symposium
Call for Workshop Proposals
June 12-16, 2013
Huis ter Duin, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

The Erasmus School of Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam will host the 9th triennial Invitational Choice Symposium in 2013. The Symposium will begin Wednesday evening, June 12, and run through noon Sunday, June 16. It will be held at the Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin in Noordwijk, the Netherlands ( The hotel is located directly at the beach, roughly in between Rotterdam and Amsterdam, and can be easily reached in half an hour from Schiphol, Amsterdam Airport.

The Symposium brings together leading cross-disciplinary researchers working on understanding and predicting choice and decision processes. The aim of the Symposium is to provide a highly productive environment in which leading researchers can meet to assess the state of existing knowledge and set future research priorities in well-defined topical areas related to choice and decision making. This announcement is a call for proposals for workshop topics.

Priority will be given to workshop proposals that focus on themes that will be of general interest and importance to choice and decision making. Although proposals that are largely of interest to one discipline or field are not strictly ruled out, priority will be given to topics with broad relevance and significance. Workshop chairs/co-chairs will take the lead in organizing sessions and recruiting participants. Chairs/co-chairs work with participants to develop and set an agenda for their specific workshop prior to attending the Symposium.

Ideally, proposed workshop participants also should represent a variety of backgrounds and different academic disciplines. Each workshop will be attended by about 12 participants who have made significant contributions to the topic area, or based on contributions in cognate or related areas, can be expected to make significant contributions in the future. Participants are expected to attend the entire symposium and actively participate in the activities and discussions of their workshop. Of particular note and significance is the final session of the conference when summary presentations from all workshops are presented.

A review committee will select up to 18 of the submitted proposals to take part in the Symposium. We are honored to be able to report that the review committee will consist of Eric Bradlow, Tülin Erdem, Joel Huber and Bob Meyer, who are all four previous Choice Symposium organizers and highly experienced journal editors.

The outcome of each workshop is a review and/or position paper that integrates and synthesizes work in the research topic area and provides directions for future research that can advance knowledge in the area. A collection of the best papers will appear in a special issue of Marketing Letters.

If you would like to submit a workshop proposal, please send an e-mail with the materials shown below in a single document (in Word or .pdf format) to the organizers at, no later than September 30, 2012. We will notify all proposal submitters about the disposition of their proposals no later than November 1st, 2012.

Proposal Requirements (4 pages max.) are:

  • Name of workshop Chair/Co-Chairs (no more than 4) and contact emails and job affiliations
  • Title of workshop
  • Description of workshop topic (this may include a list of relevant papers, open research questions, etc), which should include a statement of its significance and how choice and decision-making research in general are likely to benefit from the discussions and conclusions of the workshop (approx. 2 pages).
  • A tentative list of the set of participants who would be targeted to participate, and whether they already agreed to participate if the proposal were to be approved.

In the case of accepted workshop proposals, we will ask for a list of ALL proposed participants and their job affiliations. This list should not exceed 12 names in total and must include a mix of researchers from different disciplines.

We also would like to note that based on prior Symposia experience, we expect to receive a large number of workshop proposals. Typically, there are many more workshops proposed than those eventually chosen for the Symposium. Also, typically, the committee has to make some hard decisions, with the consequence that some potentially interesting proposals will not be represented at the Symposium. As previously noted, preference will be given to topics of broad interest and significance, with narrow topics and topics largely of interest to a particular discipline being given much less priority. Research on choice and decision making now occurs in a wide array of fields, such as economics, marketing, psychology, finance, transportation, political science, sociology, medicine, nursing, ecology, statistics, mathematics, etc. The 2013 Symposium aims to broaden the audience, the discussions and the topics to embrace as many views as possible and to encourage the emergence of new ideas and ways forward as possible given the limitations of an 18 workshop Symposium.

We look forward to receiving many interesting, exciting and significant proposals and a highly successful 9th Invitational Choice Symposium. We hope to see you in Noordwijk in June 2013!


Benedict Dellaert and Bas Donkers,
Marketing Section, Department of Business Economics Erasmus School of Economics Erasmus University Rotterdam email: www:

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