GESIS Summer School

Start: Aug. 9, 2012
End: Aug. 25, 2012
Place: Cologne, Germany
Organizer: GESIS (German Microdata Lab)
The GESIS Summer School is a new endeavour by the GESIS Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences. They hope they will well complement the existing spring, summer and winter schools in Europe and possibly beyond. This Summer School is unique in Europe with its focus on Survey Methodology and data collection. It is the right place to go for PhD students and junior researchers planning to run their own survey, but also those who analyse secondary data and want to know more about how the data came about and how to assess their quality. The Summer School will be hosted in a new building at the University of Cologne.



The GESIS Summer School will not only give a broad overview of survey methods, but provide an opportunity to deeply engage with the different tasks of survey design and implementation (such as measurement, questionnaire design, sampling, nonresponse and fieldwork monitoring), with different survey modes (such as mail and web surveys), and research designs involving surveys (such as mixed methods, factorial surveys, and cross-national surveys). The courses offer engaging instruction in state-of-the-art knowledge and application oriented skills, provided by an international team of survey specialists. Their instructors come from a diverse set of countries and fields, and they welcome applicants from all countries and fields.



In the evenings, survey practitioners and leaders in the field of survey research methodology will give an insight into their individual perspectives of the survey research landscape. They have invited speakers to present three well-known cross-national surveys, the International Social Survey Programme, European Values Study and European Social Survey, as well as practitioners from the areas of sampling, fieldwork, online research and official statistics.



They are very thankful for the cooperation with and support by the Universities of Cologne and Mannheim. They also gratefully acknowledge the contributions made by their sponsors to a social and cultural programme for the weekend between the two course weeks. It is greatly important to them that participants can meet outside the seminar rooms to have a good time and find new research collaborators and, indeed, friends. They aim to provide participants with a supportive social environment, a stimulating and academically rigorous programme, and an exciting time in Cologne.



They hope you enjoy reading the programme, and hope to see you in Cologne in August 2012!
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