Call for Applications, Zurich Summer School for Women in Political Methodology
The Zurich Summer School for Women in Political Methodology is an 8-day workshop, to take place in Zürich, Switzerland on 2 – 9 August, 2017. The summer school is designed for current and future PhD students, as well as postdocs and early-career researchers who identify as women , and who work in the field of Political Science or related disciplines. Participation in the summer school requires some prior statistical knowledge, as well as a basic R skills. If you are not familiar with R yet, we have put together a list of (free) courses that will help you get up to speed.
Featured talks (confirmed):
• Prof. Dr. Catherine de Vries (University of Essex)
• Prof. Dr. Guilherme Lichand (University of Zurich)
• Heidi Seibold, MSc (University of Zurich)
• Natural Language Processing (Dr. Antske Fokkens, VU Amsterdam)
• Text Analysis (Dr. Nicole Baerg, University of Essex)
• Functions in R (Prof. Dr. Anita Gohdes, University of Zurich)
• Scraping Websites (Mariken Van Der Velden, University of Zurich)
• Simulations in R (Dr. Lukas Stoetzer, University of Zurich)
• Advanced Graphics in R (Dr. Denise Traber, University of Zurich)
• Over one and a half days, participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm, develop, and be mentored on a project of their choice. This might include a data visualisation project, simulations, writing piece of code, analysing (new) data, or building a professional website.
• In an effort to promote collaboration and networking among participants, the summer school will host a number of social activities, including two informal dinners, one formal dinner, joint lunches, and an excursion exploring lake Zurich and surroundings
If you would like to get up to speed on using R, or need a refresher before the summer school, here are three (free) course you can take a look at. Feel free to look for other courses online, if you are looking for a specific application.
- The Coursera Course: R Programming
- Learning R with R using Swirl (navigate to the R Programming course in the course library.)
- The Coursera Course: “Introduction to Probability and Data” using R
The Summer School aims to train women scholars in advanced social science methodology. This is the first step of a larger long-term initiative to increase women participation in this research field where women are typically underrepresented. Following the Visions in Methodology example, we plan to establish a network of women methodologist working in Europe, specifically targeted at providing training, mentorship, and network opportunities as a means of strengthening their career prospects in academia and beyond.
The summer school is free. Participation includes instruction, lunch and three dinners. There are 21 funded places available, of which 7-10 places are intended for external participants, and approximately 11 for participants from Zurich-based universities. In addition, accommodation will be arranged privately, meaning that external students have the option to be hosted by participants from the University of Zürich or ETH Zürich. Flights/transportation to/from Zürich will have to be arranged and covered by participants themselves. If you are applying from a Zurich-based university, please note that you might be requested to host an external participant during the summer school. This is part of our effort to promote collaboration between participants and build a network of likeminded scholars.
Places in the summer school are limited, so this application is intended to determine if the course will be a good fit for you. There are 21 funded places available, of which 7-10 places are intended for external participants, and approximately 11 for participants from Zurich-based universities. Participation in the summer school includes instruction, lunch and three dinners. In addition, accommodation will be arranged privately, meaning that external students have the option to be hosted by participants from the University of Zürich or ETH Zürich. Flights/transportation to/from Zürich will have to be arranged and covered by participants themselves.
At the end of the form, we will collect information regarding social diversity. If you do not wish to answer these questions, please select “Prefer not to say”.
The deadline for applications is 9 June at midnight (CEST). We kindly ask that you only apply if you can attend all days of the workshop. Your responses will be kept confidential, but may be used (anonymously) in future application grants, academic research, and reports.
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Summer School Organizers:
• Dr. Malu Gatto ([email protected])
• Prof. Dr. Anita Gohdes ([email protected])
• Dr. Denise Traber ([email protected])
• Mariken van der Velden ([email protected])