European Social Survey (ESS ERIC)

Core Scientific Team (CST)

Team: Brita Dorer, Achim Koch, Roberto Briceno-Rosas, Jan-Lucas Schanze, Dr. Angelika Scheuer, Claudia Patak
Leader: Dr. Angelika Scheuer
Scientific unit: Survey Design and Methodology (SDM)


The European Social Survey (ESS) is an academically driven cross-national survey that has been conducted across Europe since its establishment in 2001. Every two years, face-to-face interviews are conducted with newly selected, cross-sectional samples. The survey measures the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of diverse populations in more than thirty nations.

The ESS was awarded ERIC status by the European Commission in 2013 and comprises now 24 member countries and one observer country. The study is coordinated by a the Core Scientific Team led by Director of the ESS ERIC is Rory Fitzgerald and the ESS ERIC headquarters are at City, University of London.

GESIS as member of the Core Scientific Team fulfils major tasks of quality assurance in questionnaire translation and in fieldwork planning and monitoring. The ESS team at GESIS organizes the meetings of the National Coordinators’ Forum. Dr Angelika Scheuer serves as Deputy Director External and supports the Scientific Advisory Board of the ESS ERIC.


01.06.2019 - 31.05.2021

Sponsored by



  • City, University of London, United Kingdom
  • Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD), Norway
  • The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP), Netherlands
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • University of Essex, UK
  • University of Ljubljana, Slovenia


  • Ineke Stoop, Roberto Briceño-Rosas), Achim Koch, Caroline Vandenplas (2018): Data falsification in the European Social Survey? London: Centre for Comparative Social Surveys, City, University of London. (
  • European Social Survey (2019): Round 10 Specification for ESS ERIC Member and Observer countries. London: Centre for Comparative Social Surveys, City, University of London. (
  • The ESS Sampling and Weighting Expert Panel (2018). European Social Survey Round 9 Sampling Guidelines: Principles and Implementation London: ESS ERIC Headquarters. (
  • European Social Survey (2016): ESS Round 8 Translation Guidelines. London: ESS ERIC Headquarters. (
  • Koch, Achim (2016): Assessment of socio-demographic sample composition in ESS Round 6. Mannheim: European Social Survey, GESIS. (
  • Stoop, Ineke A. L., and Achim Koch (2013): "Data collection as a scientific process: process control and process quality in the European Social Survey". In Understanding Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences, edited by Kleiner, Brian, 145-157. Zürich: Seismo.
  • Stoop, Ineke, Jaak Billiet, Achim Koch, and Rory Fitzgerald (2010): Improving survey response: lessons learned from the European Social Survey. Chichester: Wiley.