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. 

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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.



    Field of Work


    Dr. Johannes N. BlumenbergActing Head of the team, Manager of the GESIS Doctoral Program and the Postdoc Development, Scientific Coordination of the GESIS Qualification Center+49 (0621) 1246 - 250
    Dr. Kathrin B. BuschSOLIKRIS Project support. Scientific coordination of the Spring Seminar+49 (221) 47694 - 226
    Julia DrzevitzkyEvent organization & event management+49 (221) 47694 - 257
    Janina GötscheReporting and administrativ coordination+49 (0221) 47694 - 205
    Madeline EmptTrainee for event management+49 (0221) 47694 - 133
    Dr. Sabina HavericScientific coordination of the Workshops

    +49 (0221) 47694 - 166

    Selina HerrmannTrainee for event management

    +49 (0621) 1246 - 211

    Loretta LangendörferMarketing coordination und administrativ coordination of the Methodenseminar+49 (0221) 47694 - 143
    Dr. Marlene MaukScientific coordination of the ISSU

    +49 (0221) 47694 - 579

    Dr. Nora MüllerIn parental leave+49 (0621) 1246 - 277
    Claudia O'Donovan-BellanteAdministrativ coordination of the Workshops in Mannheim+49 (0621) 1246 - 221
    Angelika RufAdministrativ coordination of the Spring Seminar and the Summer School+49 (0221) 47694 - 162
    Laura RüweAdministrativ coordination of the Workshops in Cologne+49 (0221) 47694 - 144
    Sebastian E. WenzScientific Coordination of the Summer School and the Methodenseminar+49 (0221) 47694 - 159