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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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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    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.


    Employees Responsibilities Contact
    Dr. Reinhard SchunckTeam leader GESIS Training and scientific coordinaton of the Spring Seminar+49 (0221) 47694 - 160
    Dr. Johannes N. BlumenbergManager of the GESIS Doctoral Program+49 (0621) 1246 - 250
    Kathrin BuschSOLIKRIS project and support of the scientific coordination of the Methodsseminar+49 (221) 47694 - 226
    Julia DrzevitzkyEventmanagement+49 (221) 47694 - 257
    Janina Götsche Reporting and administrative coordination+49 (0221) 47694 - 205
    Loretta LangendörferMarketing and administrative coordination of the Methods Seminar and Workshops Cologne+49 (0221) 47694 - 143
    Dr. Nora MüllerDeputy team leader and scientific coordination of the Workshops +49 (0621) 1246 - 277
    Claudia O'Donovan-BellanteAdministrative coordination of the Workshops Mannheim
    +49 (0621) 1246 - 221
    Angelika RufAdministrative coordination of the Spring Seminar and the Summer School +49 (0221) 47694 - 162
    Laura RüweTrainee for Eventmanagement+49 (0221) 47694 - 144
    Sebastian E. WenzScientific coordination of the Summer School and the Methods Seminar+49 (0221) 47694 - 166