Knowledge Transfer

PD Dr. Simone Haasler


+49 (221) 47694-165

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 GESIS library offers an in its complexity unique collection of materials and documentation on empirical social science and applied computer science. It is a reference library, which is also frequently used by external users. The inventory can be researched via the library catalogue and a sub-section of it via the Cologne University Catalogue. A special feature is the linking of the library stock to the research data available in GESIS's Data Catalogue (DBK). We have collections at both GESIS sites (Cologne and Mannheim) and are members of the working group “Libraries and Information Centers” of the Leibniz Association. Click here for the library page.


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 Communications Team is the interface for the internal and external communication channels of GESIS. 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, public relations and press releases, and to present GESIS in the social media channels Facebook, Twitter and Google+. We design information material and brochures and develop and maintain the GESIS web presence.

Open Access

The Open Access Team supports the realization of open access, i.e. granting free access to scientific information and publications of the social sciences. Representing GESIS in the working group "Open Access" of the Leibniz-Association, the team captures and implements relevant innovative trends in the field. Based on the expertise of researchers, computer scientists and librarians, the team develops and maintains the Social Science Open Access Repository (SSOAR), which relies on close cooperation with publishers, university departments, research institutes and scientific networks. SSOAR also serves as an aggregator for the integration of full texts into LeibnizOpen the open access gateway of the Leibniz Association. The team provides guidance on legal and technical aspects of open access and is represented at the most prominent conferences in the area of open access and open science.


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.

GESIS Training

GESIS Trainingorganizes 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.