Social Cohesion 2020 @ Groningen

Call for Participants – Learning by Doing (PDF)

Application Deadline: February 29, 2020

We cordially invite junior researchers (detailed eligibility criteria below) to apply for participation in the CSS summer school on data-driven modeling of social cohesion to take place in Groningen, Netherlands from July 6-17, 2020.

Women are especially encouraged to apply!

The CSS summer school serves as a research incubator aiming at fostering the use of data-driven methods in the social sciences and developing a contribution to the research field of social cohesion. During the summer school, you will work in one of eight teams of about five people on a specific research project. Each team consists of three junior researchers and two senior experts/supervisors, with strong methodological expertise in CSS and the field of social cohesion research. Each team will work through the whole research process with the aim to prepare a manuscript for scientific publication. Each project combines CSS methods with a research focus on social cohesion. This involves data-driven modeling of social cohesion and making use of simulation or prediction techniques. The projects may look, for example, into the consequences of social cohesion and its relation to conflicts and migration.

Learn more about the location, the summer school concept, the focus on social cohesion and CSS methods of the 2020 school, as well as check out our expert team and projects they offer by following the links below:

Location | Summer School concept | Social Cohesion and CSS methods | Experts | Projects

Accommodation and Board

All participants will be accommodated in single rooms. The summer school includes lunch and many other meals.

Travel grants

Applicants may apply for a travel grant within the limits regulated by the Volkswagen Foundation. If your application is successful, you will get reimbursed for your travel expenses only after the summer school has ended and you have handed in all original receipts and tickets. Find a list of reimbursement caps here.

You are only eligible for the travel grant if your home institution does not cover your travel expenses.

If you apply for a travel grant, indicate this in the EasyChair application form and add a cover letter in which you explain your need for a travel grant briefly and give proof that your home institution does not cover your travel expenses.

Registration fee

We raise a registration fee of 250 Euro per participant. There is no application fee.

Eligibility criteria

There are no strict eligibility criteria. We recommend applicants to have finished at least their undergraduate studies (BA degree). However, PhD students are the main target group. Scholars further in their career (e.g. postdocs) are welcome to apply, too.

Application

We will only accept applications via EasyChair here:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=bigssscss2020

Please submit the following material in ONE pdf file by February 29, 2020:

  • A letter of motivation for participation (1 page max, this may include your preferences for projects to participate in and if reason for a travel grant application),
  • your CV (2 pages), and
  • potentially a proof that your home institution can not cover your travel expense.

Check the following links for instructions and questions:

Application Instructions for EasyChair | FAQ

 

 

CLOSED – Call for Experts – Research Incubator (PDF)

We cordially invite applications for participation as an expert and project leader in our computational social science (CSS) summer school on data-driven modeling of social cohesion to take place in Groningen (Netherlands), hosted by the Department of Sociology / ICS at the University of Groningen from July 6 to 17, 2020. Female experts are particularly encouraged to apply.

The summer school will serve as a research incubator aimed at fostering the use of computational methods in the social sciences and developing a topical contribution to the definition, measurement, as well as causes and consequences of social cohesion broadly conceived. Possible topics relating to social cohesion concern, for example, adherence to and compliance with prosocial norms, opinion polarization, social segregation, or trust and cooperation. Eight teams of five people will be working on specific research projects. Each team will consist of three junior researchers (MA/Ph.D./early Postdoc) and two senior experts as project leaders, ideally one with strong methodological expertise in CSS and the other with strong topical expertise. The goal is to train the 24 participating junior researchers in CSS methods and to give them hands-on expertise in a cutting-edge research project on social cohesion using CSS methods. Each team will work through the whole research process with the aim to prepare a manuscript for scientific publication. The resulting output may be published in an edited volume or a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.

 

As a project leader/expert you design and guide a research project of your own interest which combines CSS methods with a topical focus on social cohesion in a broad sense. Further on, you give one lecture or a hands-on workshop for all participants. The project may involve data-driven modeling, make use of simulation or prediction, or it might look into the consequences of social cohesion, for instance, its relation to conflicts and migration. We intend to tackle a blend of research questions proposed by experts. You can choose to be involved in the assessment process for participants. Travel expenses (economy class), accommodation, and meals (half-board) will be covered. A small honorarium can be granted if needed.

To apply, please submit one pdf file (max. 6 pages in total) by November 3, 2019. The file should include:

  1. Motivation. Short description of motivation.
  2. Expertise. Summary of your expertise in CSS methods or on the topic of social cohesion (or an aspect of it).
  3. Project proposal including data and methods. Applications as a team of two with a common project idea are welcome. If you apply as a single expert without a concrete project, let us know your interest which helps us to find a match (2 pages max.)
  4. Lecture or hands-on workshop. Title and a short description of one to three potential methods or topical lectures or hands-on workshops.
  5. CV and publication list: A link to a website with both is sufficient.