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8th Summer School in Survey Methodology at Cologne

Dear colleagues,

we are happy to announce the program of the 8th GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology. The Summer School 2019 will be held from 01 to 23 August at GESIS Cologne, Germany. 16 courses are scheduled, among them 4 short courses and 12 one-week courses. New to the program are courses on “Questionnaires for Cross Cultural Surveys” and “Pretesting”. The courses “Mathematical Tools for Social Scientists” and “Factorial Survey Design” return to the Summer School program after a break.

Don’t miss the opportunity to master advanced techniques of statistical data analyses with renowned international experts. Here is an overview of this year's courses:

Week 0 (01 - 02 August): 

Using Mplus for Latent-Variable Modeling: An Introduction

Dr. Matthias Blümke, Dr. Ai Miyamoto, Dr. Clemens Lechner (GESIS, Germany)

Research Designs and Causal Inference

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Eifler, Dr. Heinz Leitgöb (Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany)


Introduction to Data Analysis Using Stata

Dr. Kathrin Busch, Julia Klinger (GESIS, Germany)


Open Access to Research Data. Facing Funders’ Requirements on Making Research Data FAIR

Dr. Sebastian Netscher, Dr. Anja Perry (GESIS, Germany)

Week 1 (05 - 09 August):

Introduction to Survey Design

Asst. Prof. Dr. Bella Struminskaya (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands), Ulrich Krieger (University of Mannheim, Germany)

Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling: Confirmatory Factor Analysis with Mplus

Prof. Dr. Jost Reinecke, Georg Kessler (University of Bielefeld, Germany)

Questionnaire Design

Prof. Dr. Marek Fuchs, Anke Metzler (Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany)

Mathematical Tools for Social Scientists: A Refresher Course with R

Prof Dr. Michael Greenacre (University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain), Dr. Oleg Nenadic (University of Göttingen, Germany)

Week 2 (12 - 16 August):

Introductory Course to R with Applications from Data Analysis

Dr. Jan-Philipp Kolb, Alexander Murray-Watters (GESIS, Germany)

Mixed-Mode and Mixed-Device Surveys

Prof. Dr. Edith de Leeuw, Asst. Prof. Dr. Vera Toepoel,  (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands), Dr. Thomas Klausch (VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, The Netherlands)


Statistical Analysis of Incomplete Data

Dr. Florian Meinfelder, Angelina Hammon (University of Bamberg, Germany)

Design and Implementation of Longitudinal Surveys

Dr. Tarek Al Baghal (University of Essex, United Kingdom), Dr. Alexandru Cernat (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)

Week 3 (August 19 - 23 August):

Questionnaires for Cross Cultural Surveys
Prof. Dr. Michael Braun (University of Mannheim & GESIS, Germany), Brita Dorer, Dr. Katja Hanke (GESIS, Germany)

Sampling, Weighting, and Estimation

Stephanie Eckman, PhD (RTI International, USA)

Asst. Prof. Dr. Katharina Meitinger (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands), Emily Geisen (RTI International, USA)

Factorial Survey Design
Prof. Dr. Katrin Auspurg (Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany), Dr. Carsten Sauer (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

Scholarships, ECTS Credits & More

15 Scholarships are available to Summer School participants. 10 of them are awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)/ Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) of the University of Cologne.5 grants are disbursed by European Survey Research Association (ESRA).

Thanks to our cooperation with the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social Sciences (CDSS) of the University of Mannheim, participants can obtain 4 ECTS points per one-week course.

In addition to courses, we have set evening talks by experts in Survey Methodology and prepared a number of plenary and social events such as weekly welcome receptions, cultural and social excursions.

Register now! You will find more information here!