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Networking Workshop for International Postdoctoral Researchers in Computational Social Sciences

February 23-26, 2016 Cologne, Germany

Workshop for Early Career Postdoctoral Researchers Worldwide
Funded by Volkswagen Foundation

The Volkswagen Foundation has released a new funding scheme in the field of computational social science, with a focus on the exploration of socially relevant research questions. The Foundation supports international workshops and summer schools as well as international research co-operations of up to four postdoctoral researchers.

In advance of the deadline for applications for cooperative research projects, a networking workshop will be held in Cologne (Germany) February 23 to 26, 2016. The workshop is directed at postdoctoral researchers worldwide who are interested in collaborating with others in an international cooperative project.  Deadline for submitting short applications to participate in the workshop is December 10, 2015.

Applicants for the workshop must match the funding criteria for cooperative research projects. In particular, candidates should have finished their PhD no more than three years ago (i.e. after June 15 2013). 

For general information about the Volkswagen Foundation’s Calls in Computational Social Sciences see the homepage of Volkswagen Foundation.

VolkswagenStiftung's Presentation of funding lines 

Michael MacyCornell University; Goldwin Smith Professor of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology Department of Information Science Director, Social Dynamics Laboratory

University of Pennsylvania;
Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication,
affiliated faculty at the Warren Center for Network and Data Sciences

Alan Mislove

Northeastern University Boston;
Associate Professor, College of Computer and Information Science


To the Workshop Programme (0,93 MB)

The four-day-workshop offers an opportunity to get to know and network with other postdocs – who might turn out to be potential partners for a cooperative project. Furthermore, it will provide space to develop ideas for joint projects. The event will offer both thematic input as well as space to develop cooperative research ideas.

The networking workshop addresses scholars who are either working in the thematic area of “Computational Social Sciences” or who wish to specialize within this field. We particularly welcome researchers from social science disciplines who apply computational tools or methods, or who study socio-technical systems. Researchers from technical disciplines (e.g. computer science) with strong interest in social science research questions are also welcome.

We started a Google group "Computational Social Science Network" (short: CSSNET) to facilitate networking beyond, before and after the workshop. The group is open to all interested in the field of computational social science and not constrained to workshop participants. Please feel free to join.

Workshop dates

February 23-26, 2016

Application for workshop participation

December 10, 2015

Proposals for cooperative research projects, workshops, or summer schools due

June 15, 2016