We subsidize workshops or small conferences organized by Academy members, providing up to EUR 2000 per event. Proposals that correspond to the goals of the Academy are given priority: e.g. the promotion of good scientific practice, replication and reproduction, open science, interdisciplinarity, equality, internationality and the promotion of young researchers in analytical-empirical research. All Academy members are eligible to apply, regardless of their academic status. Non- members are also welcome in the organization team of the conference or workshop.

2020 Summer Institutes in Computational Social Science

2020 SICSS Conference in Konszanz - co-sponsored by Academy of Sociology - postponed to 2021.

The Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS) will host a partner location at University of Konstanz. The purpose of SICSS Konstanz is to bring together interested Master students, PhD students, postdoctoral students and junior faculty in Germany. The Summer Institute is for both social scientists (broadly conceived) and data scientists (broadly conceived).

The instructional program will involve lectures and group problem sets in the first week and participant-led research projects in the second week. Participants will be able to work in teams to learn how to implement the material from the lectures. SICSS Konstanz will particularly focus on inference in Computational Social Science and potential issues with regards to measuring latent variables, causal explanation and generalization of study results.

Covered topics include collecting digital trace data, automated text analysis, estimation of latent traits, adjustments for non-probability samples and missing data, and digital field experiments.

There will be ample opportunities for students to discuss their ideas and research with the organizers, other participants and visiting speakers. In addition to providing state of the art education, SICSS Konstanz has the goal to build and expand the network of computational social scientists in Germany. Because we are committed to open and reproducible research, all materials created by faculty and students for the Summer Institute will be released open source.

Local organizers: Karsten Donnay, Carsten Schwemmer, Peter Selb, Susumu Shikano

See SICSS website for more information.

Read more

Teaching Replication in the Social Sciences Workshop

AS Sponsored Workshop

Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES). Organizers: Johanna Gereke (MZES), Gerrit Bauer (LMU Munich), Hannah Soiné (MZES).


Bringing replication into the university curriculum in the social sciences furthers students’ quantitative literacy skills and introduces them to good research practice using a learning-by-doing approach. This workshop connects scholars who already taught replication seminars with those who are interested in doing so in the future. It is an opportunity for (junior) scholars and lecturers to exchange ideas, develop a network and learn from others who have experience teaching replication to students.

The workshop will be held in presence. Virtual attendance is also possible.

Download Call for applications here (extended submission deadline: August 1st, 2020).

For more information see here.

Causality in the Social Sciences II Workshop

AS Sponsored Workshop, October 8-9, 2020

DZHW Hannover. Organizers: Sebastian Lang, Ulrike Schwabe, Monika Jungbauer-Gans (DZHW).


The workshop aims to discuss and reflect up-to-date developments in research and open questions on causality from an interdisciplinary perspective. 1) It deepens the understanding of causality in the social sciences on a theoretical-analytical level; 2) It highlights research designs and statistical methods to support causal interpretation on an applied empirical level; (3) It provides a place to discuss results of replication studies directly confronting naïve and more sophisticated estimation strategies. Core questions to be addressed are related to the general relation between description and explanation, the counterfactual approach itself, adequate estimation strategies for causal

inference, advantages and disadvantages of experimental and observational data. The workshop is also open to other aspects related to causality and causal inference.

Download CfP here (submission deadline: May 31, 2020).

More information to be found here.

Read more

Environmental Social Sciences Workshop

AS Sponsored Workshop, August 26-28, 2020
Department of Social Sciences, University of Bern.
Organizers: Sebastian Mader (Bern), Tobias Rüttenauer (Nuffield College, Oxford)


Environmental issues and mitigation strategies are among the most important topics of our time. Using analytical and empirical tools, social sciences can play a key role for identifying and disentangling different pathways through which individual awareness and behaviour, social and economic structures, geographical patterns, and political actions are linked to environmental issues. In this workshop, we want to connect environmental research from sociology, economics, psychology, geography, political sciences, communication studies, education, and related environmental social sciences.

Download Call here (submission deadline: May 15, 2020).