European Social Survey (ESS ERIC)

Core Scientific Team (CST)

Bearbeitung: Achim Koch, Roberto Briceno-Rosas, Brita Dorer, Dr. Angelika Scheuer, Angela Vinci
Leitung: Dr. Angelika Scheuer
Wissenschaftlicher Arbeitsbereich: Survey Design and Methodology (SDM)


The European Social Survey (ESS) is an academically driven cross-national survey that has been conducted every two years across Europe since 2001. The ESS was awarded ERIC status by the European Commission in 2013 and comprises now 18 member countries and one observer country. The Director of the ESS ERIC is Rory Fitzgerald and the ESS ERIC headquarters are at City University London. The survey measures the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of diverse populations in twenty to thirty nations.

In order to achieve 'optimal comparability' in the operationalisation of the ESS, the Core Scientific Team produces a detailed project specification, which is revised in light of each successive round. National teams ensure that fieldwork is conducted - and comprehensively documented – according to the same standards cross-nationally. This 'principle of equality or equivalence' applies to sample selection, translation of the questionnaire, and to all methods and processes associated with data collection and processing.

GESIS as member of the Core Scientific Team fulfils major tasks 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 Scientific and supports the Scientific Advisory Board of the ESS ERIC.



01.06.2017 - 31.05.2019

Gefördert durch




• City University London, United Kingdom

• Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD), Norway

• The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP), Netherlands

• Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

• University of Leuven, Belgium

• University of Ljubljana, Slovenia



• European Social Survey (2017): Round 9 Specification for ESS ERIC Member and Observer countries. London: Centre for Comparative Social Surveys, City University London. (

• The ESS Sampling Expert Panel (2016). Sampling guidelines: Principles and implementation for the European Social Survey. 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.