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Summer School Series on Methods for Computational Social Science

The first summer school of this series focuses on methods for capturing, analyzing and modeling digital trace data (e.g., click streams, interaction networks, sequences of user activities). We have invited outstanding keynote speakers and lecturers from different disciplines that will teach different methods and show how digital trace data can be used to answer interesting research questions that are relevant for the social sciences and gain insights into social phenomena like prosocial behavior, consensus or mobility. Students will conduct small projects in which they will apply the newly learned methods and will be supervised by the lectureres.

We will offer full financial support for up to 10 students (or early career researchers). Students have to apply for the travel grants and a committee of experts will select scholars based on academic excellence, financial needs and diversity (e.g., gender, ethnic and disciplinary diversity).

The summer school will take place from July 24 - July 29, 2017.


How to apply?

The school is open to anyone interested in learning about Computational Social Science. The aim is to bring together an heterogeneous international group of people. However, we have a limited number of spots for participants. That means everyone needs to apply (also if you have your own funding). Application deadline: 10 March 2017

Please upload the following documents (in one single pdf) at easychair (link below) and attach:

  • Motivation Letter (one page max)
  • CV and Publication List



Registration fee for the summer school: 150 EUR

Lunch and coffee breaks and a social event are included

Students will receive a special rate for rooms if they book before 10th of April


Financial Support

Please indicate in your motivation letter if you would like to apply for a travel grant which will cover your registration fee, the accommodation for the whole week and basic travel costs. Please note that travel grants are intended for students.

Please also indicate if you will only participate if you receive the travel grant or if we should  also consider your application for normal positions  if no travel grants are left

Students with travel grant will have to share rooms


The school will take place in Sant’Antioco an island of Sardinia, right in the middle of the Mediterranean sea. The school will be located at the  Mercury Boutique Hotel  a brand new four stars hotel located in Calasapone. The hotel is directly at the sea, at walking distance to many different creeks with cristalline water.

More information
CSS Sumer School, GESIS, Volkswagen Stiftung

Organizing Team
+49 (0221) 47694-254