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8th Summer School in Survey Methodology

Date: 01.08 - 23.08.2019 ics-file

Location: Cologne

  • Week 0
  • Short Course A: Using Mplus for Latent-Variable Modeling: An Introduction

    01.08.2019 - 02.08.2019 - Dr. Matthias Bluemke, Dr. Clemens Lechner, Ai Miyamoto
  • Short Course B: Research Designs and Causal Inference

    01.08.2019 - 02.08.2019 - Prof. Dr. Stefanie Eifler, Dr. Heinz Leitgöb
  • Short Course C: Introduction to Data Analysis Using Stata

    01.08.2019 - 02.08.2019 - Dr. Kathrin Busch, Julia Klinger
  • Short Course D: Open Access to Research Data. Facing Funders’ Requirements on Making Research Data FAIR

    01.08.2019 - 02.08.2019 - Dr. Sebastian Netscher, Dr. Anja Perry
  • Week 1
  • Course 01: Introduction to Survey Design

    05.08.2019 - 09.08.2019 - Dr. Bella Struminskaya, Dr. Ulrich Krieger
  • Course 02: Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling: Confirmatory Factor Analysis with Mplus

    05.08.2019 - 09.08.2019 - Prof. Dr. Jost Reinecke, Georg Kessler
  • Course 03: Questionnaire Design

    05.08.2019 - 09.08.2019 - Prof. Dr. Marek Fuchs, Anke Metzler
  • Course 04: Mathematical Tools for Social Scientists: A Refresher Course with R

    05.08.2019 - 09.08.2019 - Prof. Dr. Michael Greenacre, Dr. Oleg Nenadic
  • Week 2
  • Course 05: Introductory Course to R with Applications from Data Analysis

    12.08.2019 - 16.08.2019 - Dr. Jan-Philipp Kolb, Alexander Murray-Watters
  • Course 06: Mixed Mode and Mixed Device Survey

    12.08.2019 - 16.08.2019 - Dr. Vera Toepoel, Prof. Dr. Edith de Leeuw, Dr. Thomas Klausch
  • Course 07: Statistical Analysis of Incomplete Data

    12.08.2019 - 16.08.2019 - Dr. Florian Meinfelder, Angelina Hammon
  • Course 08: Design and Implementation of Longitudinal Surveys

    12.08.2019 - 16.08.2019 - Dr. Tarek Al Baghal, Dr. Alexandru Cernat
  • Week 3
  • Course 09: Questionnaires for Cross Cultural Surveys

    19.08.2019 - 23.08.2019 - Prof. Dr. Michael Braun, Brita Dorer, Dr. Katja Hanke
  • Course 10: Sampling, Weighting, and Estimation

    19.08.2019 - 23.08.2019 - Stephanie Eckman, PhD
  • Course 11: Pretesting

    19.08.2019 - 23.08.2019 - Dr. Katharina Meitinger, Emily Geisen
  • Course 12: Factorial Survey Design

    19.08.2019 - 23.08.2019 - Prof. Dr. Katrin Auspurg, Dr. Carsten Sauer
Every August since 2012, the GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology takes place at GESIS, Cologne. Lecturers and participants from all over the world and from many different fields come to Cologne to take part in Europe's leading summer school in survey methodology, research design, and data collection-recommended by the European Survey Research Association (ESRA).  
The 8th GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology will take place from 01-23 August 2019 in Cologne at GESIS Cologne. If you want to take the opportunity and enjoy high quality courses on methods and techniques of survey methodology, we invite you to save the date. Further information on the upcoming program, will be available at the beginning of 2019.
The GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology offers high quality training in state of the art techniques and methods of survey research. It aims to:
  • give a broad overview of survey methods;
  • equip participants with essential skills in the design, planning, execution, documentation and quality assurance of surveys;
  • provide an opportunity to deeply engage with the different tasks of survey design and implementation (such as questionnaire design, sampling, nonresponse and fieldwork monitoring), different survey modes (such as personal interviews, web surveys, and mixed-mode), and research designs involving surveys (such as mixed methods, factorial surveys, longitudinal surveys and cross-national surveys);
  • provide participants with good networking opportunities, a supportive social environment, and an exciting time in Cologne.
Summer School Prerequisites
In addition to the prerequisites mentioned in the syllabi of the courses, you will be expected to
  • have basic knowledge of empirical research methods;
  • have good English language skills, as the Summer School will entirely be held in English.
Course Structure
Short courses are two-day courses that consist of about 6 hours of classes per day around of which 2 hours are tutorials or labs or exercises. One-week courses consist of 6 hours of classes a day of which around 2 hours are tutorials or labs or exercises (details for each course are provided in the course descriptions). Given the daily workload, participants can register for one course per week only.
Plenary and Social Program
Besides courses, participants are welcome to attend evening talks by experts in survey methodology and, thanks to our sponsors, take part in an exciting social and cultural program.
Participation fees and registration
Short courses:
student/PhD student: EUR 140
academic/public sector: EUR 180
commercial: EUR 360
One-week courses:
student/PhD student: EUR 300
academic/public sector: EUR 450
commercial: EUR 900
Please see Terms and conditions of participation for our cancellation and reimbursement policy.  
ECTS credits
Participants completing one-week courses have the opportunity to receive European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points. You will be charged an administration fee of EUR 20,00 (2 ECTS) or 50,00 (4 ECTS) per course, respectively.
As in 2018 we will make an effort to provide scholarship opportunities for participants of the Sommer School in Survey Methodology. Further information will be available soon.
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