Knowledge Exchange and Outreach

It is the task of the Knowledge Transfer Department to implement and continuously develop offers and formats for knowledge transfer and the transfer of scientific findings and methods as well as our technical expertise into the scientific community and society. To this end, we select content, research results and offers that are revised for various target groups in order to introduce them into practice-relevant contexts and promote dialogue with practice. Successful science communication is central to this. At the same time, we make use of our good networking with political and social actors as well as media partnerships.

The department's teams are responsible, among other things, for GESIS method training, the guest researcher programs, the marketing and external presentation of GESIS, Open Access publications, the GESIS publication series and the library. A detailed description of the teams' areas of responsibility is given below.

The Library & Open Access team supports the implementation of Open Access, i.e. free access to scientific information and publications in the social sciences. To this end, the team of scientists, librarians and computer scientists operates the Social Science Open Access Repository (SSOAR) on the one hand, which is based on close cooperation with publishers, chairs, research institutions and research groups and is essentially an infrastructure for second publications (Green Open Access). SSOAR is also an aggregator for LeibnizOpen, the Leibniz Association's open-access portal. On the other hand, the team promotes Open Access Publishing (Golden Open Access) at GESIS through a goal-oriented licensing policy of the library. In addition, the reference library at both locations maintains a unique collection of empirical social research and applied informatics, which is easily searchable via the library catalogue. A special feature is the linking of library holdings to research data in the GESIS data stock catalogue.  The team provides advice on legal and technical issues relating to Open Access and is regularly represented at relevant conferences. Individual team members actively represent GESIS in the relevant working groups of the Leibniz Association, the “Open Access Working Group" and the " Libraries and Information Centres Working Group", where they often give important impulses and take suggestions for their own work.

Research Gateway EUROLAB is the gateway to research stays at GESIS. Over the last 20 years, this gateway has proved to be a successful model for the content, methodological and technical access to the data of the GESIS Data Archive. In 2016, the EUROLAB's remit was reoriented and broadened so that the EUROLAB Team is now responsible for the organization and coordination of the Grant programs at GESIS and for the documentation of all research stays.

The Team Communications & Web is the interface for the communication channels of GESIS into the scientific community. Our task is to increase the visibility of the institute and its services and products as well as to disseminate the results of our research work. We are responsible for the corporate design of GESIS, and to present GESIS in the social media channels Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and XING. We design information material and brochures and develop and maintain the GESIS web presence.

Since 2016, the Team Publications leads production and the journal management of the three independent journals Historical Social Research (HSR), methods, data, analyses (mda) und Informationsdienst Soziale Indikatoren  (ISI). In addition, we also organize and coordinate the GESIS-Schriftenreihe and GESIS Papers.

Historical Social Research is an international journal which covers quantitative and qualitative social research, historical sociology, social scientific history and digital humanities (and ranked in the Social Science Citation Index). The journal methods, data, analyses focuses on research questions related to quantitative methods with special emphasis on survey methodology. Social Indicators Information Service (ISI) is considered as a contribution to on-going social reporting. ISI aims to also reach out to the interested non-academic readers who may not necessarily have a background in the social sciences. Furthermore, the GESIS in-house series include various publications for­mats ranging from practice-oriented representation of survey research to reports on major research activities.

The team Training organizes the scientific training program in social research methods for researchers from the social sciences and neighboring disciplines. Current topics are covered by compact workshops as well as longer, modular seminars. GESIS training formats include the GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology, the GESIS Methods Seminar, the GESIS Spring Seminar and the GESIS Workshops. 

The current training program can be found here.

The Transfer Team is the point of contact for all non-scientific stakeholders regarding GESIS and supports the dialogue between science and society. It is responsible for science communication, designs events aimed at the public, and maintains diverse networks with political and social actors as well as media partnerships. In addition, the team systematizes, evaluates and documents the transfer activities in the institute, develops them further and provides support. Documentation of GESIS' transfer activities are available as download under knowledge transfer documentation at GESIS.