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 offer our events mainly via online training until the end of 2021. That includes the GESIS Spring Seminar, the GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology and the Methods Seminar taking place in September 2021.  

As of today, we plan to continue our event program with on-site training courses after this date.  

If we offer on-site trainings again, 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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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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    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.

    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!

    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
    Janina GötscheBerichtswesen und administrative Koordination+49 (0221) 47694 - 205
    Selina HerrmannAuszubildende Veranstaltungskauffrau 

    +49 (0621) 1246 - 211

    Christopher KleinAuszubildender Veranstaltungskaufmann

    +49 (0221) 47694 - 133

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

    Wissenschaftliche Koordination der Int. Summer School in Uganda (ISSU), Wissenschaftliche Koordination des Spring Seminars

    +49 (0221) 47694 - 579

    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