41st GESIS Spring Seminar: Topics in Social Science Data Analysis: Causality, Structural Equation Modeling with AMOS and Mplus

The Spring Seminar is a training course for social scientists interested in advanced techniques of data analysis and in the application of these techniques to data. The Seminar comprises lectures, exercises and practical work using personal computers. While in the lectures the logic of models and the corresponding analysis strategies will be explained, during the exercises and in the practical work the participants are given the op- portunity to apply these methods to data.
The seminar covers three modules of one week each, to some extent basing on each other. The courses can be booked either separately or as a block. The detailed programme is also published at the GESIS webpage http://www.gesis.org/en/events/gesis-spring-seminar.


The lectures will be given in English by:

  • Prof. Dr. Ben Jann, University of Bern, Switzerland and Rudi Farys, University of Bern, Switzerland Causal Inference in the Social Sciences February 27 – March 2, 2012
  • Prof. em. Dr. Peter Schmidt, Giessen University, Germany and Prof. Dr. Eldad Davidov, University of Zurich, Switzerland Comparative Research with Confirmatory Factor Analysis and Structural Equation Models March 5 – 9, 2012
  • Prof. Dr. Joop Hox, Utrecht University, NL Statistical Modeling in Mplus March 12 – 16, 2012

Seminar fee and payment:

The participation fee is 240,00 € per week; reductions or refunds are not possible except for students and Ph.D. candidates without work contract (or civil servant status), who receive a reduction of one third of the fee, if they can officially document their status. Details concerning the payment will be given after registration.

Travel costs, accommodation and meals are not included. Please make your own arrangements (we will send some information when you have registered).

Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences
Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8
50997 Köln

Seminar Contact:



For participants from Germany, it might be of interest that the GESIS Spring Seminar is acknowledged as „Bildungsurlaub“ http://www.bildungsurlaub.info/.

The GESIS Spring Seminar is sponsored by the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), University of Essex, UK http://www.essex.ac.uk/ecpr/events/summerschools/index.aspx. Please also have a look at the funding web-page of the University of Essex http://www.essex.ac.uk/ecpr/funding/mobilityfund/index.aspx.


For your registration, please use the attached registration form and send it to springseminar@gesis.org. Participants will be accepted by order of application date, the number of participants is limited to 30 persons per week.


In spring-time, Cologne hosts numerous international trade fairs. The hotels in Cologne then tend to be fully booked at very early times. If you need an accommodation, we strongly recommend to book directly after your registration (we will send you a list with hotels close to the venue and some useful addresses).


GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences
Dept. Knowledge Transfer
Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8
50997 Köln

Scientific Coordinator:

Maria Rohlinger maria.rohlinger@gesis.org

Administrative Coordinator:

Angelika Ruf angelika.ruf@gesis.org

Further Information

Registration GESIS Spring Seminar 2012