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ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research 2015

Date: 22 Jun 2015 to 14 Aug 2015
Organizer: ICPSR
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Web page: ICPSR summer program

Since 1963, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) has offered the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research as a complement to its data services. The Summer Program provides a comprehensive program of studies in research design, statistics, data analysis, and social science methodology.

The ICPSR Summer Program offers two four-week sessions that include a variety of statistical workshops and lectures, as well as workshops that examine the impact of various methodologies on specific substantive issues. Additionally, the four-week curriculum features nightly informal lectures presented by research scholars who have made important contributions to the development of social science methodology. The four-week sessions take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan on the University of Michigan campus.

The ICPSR Summer Program also offers numerous 3- to 5-day workshops on a variety of statistical topics and substantive issues. Many of these workshops take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as other locations across the United States and Canada.

Participants in each year's Summer Program generally represent about 25 different departments and disciplines from over 350 colleges, universities, and organizations around the world. While the largest number of participants are drawn from sociology, psychology, and political science, the increasing number of individuals from disciplines across the social and behavioral sciences—including education, economics, public health, public policy, social work, criminal justice, and business administration, among others—illustrates the breadth of interest in and impact of the Summer Program.

4th GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology 2015

Date: 6 Aug 2015 to 28 Aug 2015
Organizer: GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Location: Cologne, Germany

Web page: GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology

The program for the 4th GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology 2015 is online and registration is open. The Summer School will be held from August 6 to 28 at GESIS Cologne, Germany. 18 courses are scheduled, among which 4 short courses and 14 one-week courses. Here is an overview of the courses on offer this year:

Short Courses:

One-week courses:

Thanks to our cooperation with CDSS, University of Mannheim, participants can obtain up to 4 ECTS points per one-week course. In addition to courses, we have – also thanks to our sponsors – prepared a number of plenary and social events including weekly welcome receptions with finger food and drinks on the GESIS roof terrace, cultural and social outing as well as evening talks by experts in Survey Methodology.

The registration deadline is May 31st (but in order to secure a place and affordable accommodation, we recommend early registration). Those who book and pay for a course by April 30th will receive a 50 Euro discount off the one-week course fees. A limited number of bursaries, provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), is available for international participants.

Hard to Survey Populations

Date: 26 Aug 2015 to 28 Aug 2015
Organizer: Statistics Sweden and Örebro University
Location: Örebro

Web page: The Statistics Sweden and Örebro University Summer School in Statistics 2015

Sample surveys are a cornerstone for producing official statistics and in research within many empirical sciences, e.g. sociology, economics, geography, psychology, and epidemiology. For several reasons sample surveys are becoming increasingly difficult to conduct. Some segments of the population are hard to sample, some are hard to find, others are hard to persuade to participate in surveys, and still others are hard to interview. This school offers a systematic look at populations and settings that make surveys hard to conduct and at methods that can be used to meet these challenges. The school is given from noon Wednesday August 26 to noon Friday August 28.

Mathematical Tools for Social Scientists: An Introduction with R

Date: 14 Sep 2015 to 18 Sep 2015
Organizer: GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Location: Cologne, Germany

Web page: Mathematical Tools for Social Scientists: An Introduction with R

“Mathematical Tools for Social Scientists: An Introduction with R” given by Prof. Dr. Michael Greenacre, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona and Dr. Oleg Nenadic, University of Göttingen

The course is designed to foster knowledge about the mathematical roots of statistical procedures. Both lecturers are very experienced in empirical research and in teaching statistical data analysis techniques. You will learn about mathematical procedures without doing pencil work. It is highly recommended to take a course on ‘Mathematical Tools’ in order to arrive at a better understanding of the mechanics of procedures needed for many applications. Of course, a one week-workshop does not cover all and everything, but should give you much more than just basic ideas in this matter.

Michael Greenacre and Oleg Nenadic in their own style follow Martin Elff, who successfully taught his course on MathTools in recent years.
Please note: Martin Elff will continue to teach his course under the umbrella of the GESIS Summer School from 2016 onwards.  

IASSIST's 42nd Annual Conference

Date: 31 May 2016 to 3 Jun 2016
Organizer: IASSIST
Location: Bergen

Web page: More about the conference, More about Bergen

IASSIST's 42nd Annual Conference will be held in Bergen, Norway from May 31 to June 3, 2016 and hosted by the Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD).
NSD is one of the largest research data archives of its kind and also a resource centre assisting researchers with data gathering, data analysis, and methodology, privacy and research ethics issues.

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