Extra training and guest lectures

The ViDSS strengthens education and international networking of doctoral candidates by organising and promoting seminars and guest lectures by international scholars from outside the University of Vienna.

 Winter semester of 2022/2023

“Digital Technology and Politics: Computational Social Science Approaches”
Methods seminar in the doctoral programme in Social Sciences
10–14 October 2022

Digital technology has had a pervasive effect on key aspects of democratic politics, including political communication, political participation, and policy-making. The impact of digital technology permeates the entire political process, affecting the flow of information among citizen and political actors, the connection between the mass public and political elites, and the development of policy responses to societal problems. At the same time, computational social science approaches such as web scraping, natural language processing, and machine learning have enabled the collection and analysis of digital data to study the relationship between digital technology and politics. The goal of this course is to provide participants with the conceptual and methodological knowledge, as well as the practical skills, to study a wide range of topics related to digital technology and politics using computational social science approaches.

More information will be published soon.

Fabrizio Gilardi

Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Zurich

Paul Lazarsfeld Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Vienna, Department of Government


“Scholarship as a Vocation: An Analytic Users’ Guide”
Research colloquium in the doctoral programme in Social Sciences
October–December 2022

In this research colloquium we will examine the scholar’s life in the university, beginning with Max Weber’s lecture on scholarship as a vocation. We have two main aims: to be analytic, using systematic evidence and argument to support our examination, and to keep sight of the practical implications of our analysis: what are the implications of our investigation for the person starting their career in academic scholarship today.
Our topics, in approximate order, are scholarship as a vocation (Weber and what follows), collaboration, inter- (multi-, trans-) disciplinarity, sociological ambivalence, ethics and values, research misconduct, identity and mobility, open science, peer review, proposal development, AI and machine learning, and public engagement.  Students will be invited to suggest topics and expected to contribute to a lively but informed discussion.

More information will be published soon.

Edward Hackett

Professor in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

Fulbright – University of Vienna Visiting Professor of Social Sciences at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Science and Technology Studies


“Foundational conceptual and methodological knowledge for conducting a meta-analysis”
Methods seminar in the doctoral programme in Social Sciences
28 November–2 December 2022

This five-day course covers the basic knowledge and skills for conducting a meta-analysis, including identifying and retrieving literature, coding studies, computing effect sizes and confidence intervals, using fixed-effect and random-effects models, quantifying heterogeneity, and assessing publication bias. We will also briefly introduce special topics such as three-level meta-analysis and Bayesian meta-analysis. We will start each day with lectures and discussions, and move on to computer-based lab work in the afternoon. Students should have at least a fundamental knowledge of applied statistics and experimental and quasi-experimental design to succeed in this class. For lab work, students are expected to bring their own computer with R and preferably also RStudio (free online) installed; some basic skills in R will be greatly helpful.

More information will be published soon.

Ye Sun

Professor at the Department of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong

Paul Lazarsfeld Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Vienna, Department of Communication