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4th Summer School of the European Social Simulation Association (ESSA)

The ESSA Summer Schoolwill take place at Hamburg University of Technology from July 15-19, 2013.

It aims at giving an introduction to agent-based modeling and simulation in the social sciences. Therefore, helpful tools and standards for the modeling process should be presented.

To guide the students through the summer school, the lectures will be organized along the research process of social simulation. Starting with a general introduction, the summer school proceeds with modeling issues and documentation. Afterwards, the design of simulation experiments as well as simulation data analysis and validation are addressed. Also issues ‘outside the box’ are discussed, such as the application of ABM in industry. Methods and helpful tools for the application of ABM are mentioned and introduced along the week..

In the morning, an overview of the day and a short classification of the planned lectures and tutorials into the research process are given.  This should make the stage of research addressed that day explicit.

Afterwards, lectures and tutorials will go into the subjects.

In the later afternoon, the participants have the opportunity to discuss specific topics and questions in small group discussions. Here, moderated discussions take place. The lectures of the day will be invited to take part. This format should activate the students to debate about the presented content of the day and support the knowledge transfer. By this, discussions between participants and lecturers will be promoted. Furthermore, concrete support for own simulation projects may be provided.

To ensure the effectiveness of discussions, the participants will be asked to send out a document before the summer school. In this document, they should give an overview about their research and aimed simulation projects, as well as concrete (methodological) questions they would like to discuss within the summer school. These questions will be the basis for the group organization and help the moderator to guide the discussion. (The moderators may be recruited locally)

In the evening, all come back together to summarize the day and the key elements of the group discussions. Central insights and important progress may be written down on moderation cards and hang out on a white board in the seminar room.

In the end of the week, on Friday, the students present a short progress report. Here, the students should summarize their personal insights and describe the progress they have gained over the week (> “answers to the questions they came with”) on one slide.

For further information see the following link: The ESSA Summer School at Hamburg University of Technology from July 15-19, 2013

6th International Research Workshop “Methods for PhD” near Flensburg, September 30-October 5, 2012

Empirical research is seeking through methodological processes to discover, hopefully, nontrivial facts and insights. Beside choosing a topic and grounding an idea in theory, empirical research consists of gathering and analysing data as well as presenting results in scientific contexts in order to contribute new issues to the body of acquired knowledge – not only to someone‘s own but also to that of others.

Our workshop tackles these steps of your research project:

  • Gathering data via (un)structured interviews and analysing standardized survey data,
  • using the computer for qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

These steps will strengthen the cooperation in empirical research to boost and streamline ones project.

The regular workshop fee is 395 Euro (including meals and accommodation at Sankelmark). The workshop fee is 245 Euro without accomodation at Sankelmark (only meals are included).

It is possible to get a certificate on the credit points (according to the European Credit Transfer System).

In detail the following courses will be offered:

Quantitative Methods:

  • Analysing Panel Data
  • Structural Equation Modelling with Amos
  • Data Analysis with Stata – Beginners
  • Data Analysis with Stata – Intermediates
  • Data Analysis with R
  • Sequential Analysis
  • Introduction to the SOEP
  • Network Analysis
  • Questionnaire Design

Qualitative Methods:

  • Qualitative (Expert) Interviews
  • Qualitative Inquiry and Content Analysis with MAXQDA
  • From Words to Networks: Information and Relation Extraction from Text Data and Analysis of Socio-technical Networks
  • Case Study Research
  • Introduction to MAXQDA for Case Studies
  • Grounded Theory

PLEASE notice that every course has just a certain amount of participants and that some courses are offered in German only!

For further information, especially lecturers, program, organizers and registration visit our website at: http://www.phd-network.eu/

For any questions don’t hesitate to contact the workshop coordinator Dr. Simon Fietze.

The International Research Workshop is organised by Prof. Dr. Wenzel Matiaske, Professor for Business Studies, particularly Leadership and Labour Relations at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of Federal Armed Forces and Research Professor at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin).

The workshop is supported by

  • Institute for Employment Research (IAB)
  • the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) at the DIW Berlin
  • University of Southern Denmark Campus Soenderborg, Department of Border Region Studies
  • University of Flensburg
  • University of Hamburg, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
  • University of Hamburg, Faculty of Education, Psychology and Human Movement
  • Leuphana University Lüneburg, Faculty of Economics, Behavioural Sciences and Law

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5th International Research Workshop – “Methods for Ph.D.”

5th International Research Workshop – “Methods for Ph.D.”

October 2-7, 2011
Akademie Sankelmark, Flensburg (Germany)
University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg (Denmark)

For the fifth time Ph.D. students in the field of Social Sciences and Economics have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and experience in research on empirical data, including SOEP. The workshop language will be English. Interested parties from all countries are invited. The workshop is especially for those who need training in the process of choosing a topic, grounding the research idea in theory, as well as in gathering and analyzing data and presenting results in scientific contexts.

The workshop tackles these steps of Ph.D. research projects:

  • gathering data through (un)structured interviews and analyzing standardized survey data (e.g., SOEP),
  • using the computer for content analysis and as a statistical tool,
  • writing a report and making presentations.

These steps will strengthen the cooperation in empirical research to boost and streamline ones project. For more information about the programme, see:


It is possible to obtain credits for the workshop under the European Credit Transfer System.

The workshop fee is 390 Euro. This includes all lectures, meals, and accommodations during the workshop (October 2-7, 2011). For more information about the registration procedure, see:


Organizers of the Workshop are: Helmut-Schmidt University – University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, University of Flensburg, the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) at the DIW Berlin, University of Southern Denmark Campus Soenderborg, Leuphana University Lüneburg, University of Hamburg – Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences and Faculty of Education Psychology and Human Movement.

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