GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology

Registration is open! | Summer School in Survey Methodology 2024 | 24 July - 16 August 2024

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► Courses will take place either at GESIS Cologne or online via Zoom.

► Online courses will be held live in Central European Summer Time (CEST) and will not be recorded.

► Scholarships, sponsored by the European Survey Research Association (ESRA), were available.

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Please note:

There is no registration deadline, but places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Join us for the 2024 edition of our Summer School in Survey Methodology for a one-week course in Cologne. This year, we are offering introductory courses on questionnaire design, survey design, and small area estimation. You can also enhance your skills in designing and implementing web surveys. Or perhaps you are interested in factorial survey design or survey sampling and weighting, or in learning more about collecting and analyzing “big data” or about causal inference using survey data.

Our online course offers a virtual excursion into the world of multiple imputation, thus completing the program of week-long courses for this year.

During the 12 hours of our online short courses, you can learn the basics of Stata, discover more about questionnaires for cross-cultural surveys, or enhance your knowledge of mixed-mode surveys or DAGs. You are also welcome to join us in Cologne for a two-day introductory course on R.

We have been organizing a Summer School in Survey Methodology since 2012. Before the pandemic, all courses took place at GESIS in Cologne, Germany. In 2020, we added online learning opportunities to our program. Thus, lecturers and participants from all over the world and from many different fields can join us in Cologne or meet online to take part in Europe's leading summer school on survey methodology, research design, and data collection. 

Reasons to attend the Summer School in Survey Methodology

As a graduate or PhD student, post-doc, junior researcher, or survey professional, you will

  • receive high quality training in state-of-the-art techniques and methods of survey research,
  • update your methodological expertise in specific areas of survey methodology,
  • obtain a broad overview of survey methods or delve more deeply into special interest topics in survey research,
  • improve on essential skills in how to design, plan, conduct, and document all kinds of surveys,
  • obtain a better understanding of the processes of data collection,
  • learn how to analyze survey data properly or how to assess data quality,
  • meet new people from different fields and from all over the world to network and discuss your research with.

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Should you be unsure which course is the right one for you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Each course has specific prerequisites, which will be detailed on the course websites. In addition, you are expected to:

  • have a basic knowledge of empirical research methods,
  • have a good command of English.