GESIS Training

At GESIS we offer a wide range of events, especially training courses on empirical social research methods. Our theory founded and hands-on courses develop participants’ methods skills and are aimed at both early career and senior researchers from Germany, Europe, and the whole world. 

Attention: Coronavirus

The GESIS Training Team is very concerned about the health of its participants and lecturers. For this reason we have cancelled all events that were supposed to take place up to and including 19 April 2020.

Currently (18.03.2020) we plan to continue our event program after this date. However, if the situation does not improve, it is possible that events will have to be cancelled at very short notice (up to 24 hours before the start of the event), even though we make every effort to communicate decisions on this matter at an early stage. In this case, we will, of course, refund the participation fees. However, we cannot refund any further costs resulting from the cancellation.

Please note that we cannot admit participants to our events if one of the following points applies:

  • People who have tested positive for Covid-19
  • People who have been classified as contact persons by a health authority
  • People who have been recommended for home quarantine by the public health department or a doctor
  • People who have stayed in an area which the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) designates as a "risk area" or as "particularly affected areas in Germany" within the last 14 days before the event:
  • People who have had direct contact with a person suffering from Covid-19
  • People with fever; people suffering from acute respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath)

Please consult your national authorities before travelling and check whether there are any travel warnings or restrictions. You can usually find travel advice on the websites of your Foreign Office (e.g. or If you have not yet booked your trip to GESIS, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance. If possible, only book accommodation/travel arrangements with a cancellation option. Given the current situation, many travel companies/airline companies are very accommodating in their handling of cancellations/rebookings. Please be conscientious with your decision for your good and the good of your fellow human beings.

Useful general information on the current situation can be found under the following links:

Please refer to the websites of these or other public bodies that offer quality-assured information on the novel coronavirus.

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The GESIS Training team is committed to the principles of Open Science. For our events this means the following:

  • We would like to encourage our participants to work according to the principles of Open Science in their own research activities. To this end, we regularly offer courses that present these principles and teach practical ways of implementing them.
  • We use free and open source software in our events whenever possible.
  • We encourage our lecturers to use freely accessible data sets.
  • Our lecturers* make their teaching materials available to our event participants*. In addition to scripts, these also contain syntax files and exercise data sets.

For more information on the different formats at GESIS Training click on the following boxes.

GESIS Summer School

Every August since 2012, the GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology takes place at GESIS, Cologne. Lecturers and participants from all over the world and from many different fields come to Cologne to take part in Europe's leading summer school on survey methodology, research design, and data collection.

GESIS Spring Seminar

The  GESIS Spring Seminar has been taking place in Cologne annually for more than 40 years. It offers three consecutive one-week courses in advanced methods of quantitative data analysis for Social Scientists. Language of instruction is English.

GESIS Methodenseminar

Since 1980, the GESIS Methodenseminar offers courses that teach basic knowledge and skills in quantitative data analysis. The courses are held in both German and English. The Methodenseminar has a modular structure and follows an interdisciplinary approach.

GESIS Workshops

GESIS Workshops are short courses of one to three days covering a large variety of Social Science research methods, ranging from quali-
tative interviews to questionnaire construction, from sampling procedures and introduction to specific survey programmes through to data analysis. Most Workshops are conducted in German, but some are offered in English.

CSS Capacity Building & Training

GESIS sustains the formation of an interdisciplinary community in the field of Computational Social Science (CSS) by organizing a summer school on methods in CSS and by offering further training courses in data science and CSS methods. Our conferences and symposia provide for tutorials and hands-on-workshops. The GESIS Computational Social Science (CSS) Seminar is a monthly event for expert exchange on data science and social analytics (conducted in English).

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    International Summer School in Uganda (ISSU)

    In 2019, GESIS - in cooperation with Muteesa I Royal University, Uganda - will organize the International Summer School in Uganda: Survey Design and Data Management (ISSU). The Summer School is funded by the VW Foundation and will provide 50 participants from Germany, Uganda, and Kenya with an intense training in social science research methods. In additoin, it wants to foster international research collaboration and intercultural exchange as well as contribute to capacity building in Eastern Africa.

    Practical information

    Here you will find some practical information about our course venues, the GESIS locations Cologne and Mannheim.

    For training courses taking place in Cologne (GESIS Workshops, Spring Seminar, Methodenseminar and Summer School): address, travel information, accommodation and about the city of Cologne.

    For training courses taking place in Mannheim (mostly GESIS Workshops): address, travel information, accommodation and about the city of Mannheim.

    Furthermore, we would like to draw your attention to the Terms & Conditions for participation in our training courses.

    Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions!

    Training archive

    The training archive collects details and materials from past GESIS trainings.


    Dr. Johannes N. BlumenbergTeamleiter, Manager des GESIS Doctoral Programs und der Postdoc-Förderung, Wissenschaftliche Koordination des GESIS Qualification Centers+49 (0621) 1246 - 250
    Dr. Kathrin B. BuschWissenschaftliche Koordination des Spring Seminars+49 (221) 47694 - 226
    Janina GötscheBerichtswesen und administrative Koordination+49 (0221) 47694 - 205
    Dr. Sabina HavericWissenschaftliche Koordination der Workshops

    +49 (0221) 47694 - 166

    Selina HerrmannAuszubildende Veranstaltungskauffrau 

    +49 (0621) 1246 - 211

    Loretta LangendörferMarketingkoordination und administrative Koordination des Methodenseminars und der Int.  Summer School in Uganda (ISSU)+49 (0221) 47694 - 143
    Dr. Marlene MaukWissenschaftliche Koordination der Int. Summer School in Uganda (ISSU)

    +49 (0221) 47694 - 579

    Dr. Nora MüllerWissenschaftliche Koordination der Workshops+49 (0621) 1246 - 277
    Claudia O'Donovan-BellanteAdministrative Koordination der Workshops in Mannheim+49 (0621) 1246 - 221
    Angelika RufAdministrative Koordination des Spring Seminars und der Summer School+49 (0221) 47694 - 162
    Laura RüweZentrale Veranstaltungsorganisation & Eventmanagement+49 (0221) 47694 - 144
    Dr. Sebastian E. WenzWissenschaftliche Koordination der Summer School und des Methodenseminars+49 (0221) 47694 - 159