ViDSS International Workshops

ViDSS International Workshops are one- or two-day workshops with international lecturers. The workshops are initiated by students and provide methodological training and international networking opportunities for doctoral candidates in the social sciences. The workshops are a supplement to the course programme and may focus on the presentation of new methodological approaches, hands-on training or the discussion of doctoral candidates’ research projects.

 Summer semester of 2022

“The applications of power analysis in the social sciences”
International Workshop of the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences,
Department of Communication
4–5 May 2022

Power analysis is a useful tool to estimate the sample size required in a quantitative study to detect an effect of a given size. As such, it can be employed to calculate the number of participants in an experiment that is needed to ascertain meaningful findings. Power analysis is an important skill for social scientists, as underpowered studies often lead to biased conclusions, cause replication problems and waste resources. It has thus been established as a key element for pre-registered studies, which have become the gold-standard for quantitative research in the social sciences.

The workshop consisted of a general introduction to power analysis, followed by several simulations in R. Time was reserved for the discussion of own research projects.

Missed the workshop? Download the materials (slides and exercises)!

Organisers: Anna Lia Brunetti, Teresa Weikmann and Selina Noetzel

Niklas Johannes

Postdoctoral researcher in the Adolescent Well-Being in the Digital Age programme at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford


Are you interested in organising a ViDSS International Workshop?

The ViDSS supports students in organising ViDSS International Workshops by providing financial support to invite lecturers, by offering help in finding suitable seminar rooms at the University of Vienna and by providing advice during the organisation process.

The organisation of and participation in ViDSS International Workshops can be recognised as achievements relevant to the curriculum of the doctoral programme in Social Sciences (participation: 2 ECTS credits, organisation: 3 ECTS credits).

If you want to submit an application for a ViDSS International Workshop, please send the following information in one single PDF file to the ViDSS administration team (email to

  • Title of the workshop
  • Short abstract
  • Preliminary programme
  • Suggested date
  • Department/s where the workshop will be held
  • Names of the doctoral candidates who organise the workshop: ViDSS International Workshops should be jointly organised by two or three doctoral candidates.
  • Names of at least five doctoral candidates who would be interested in participating in the workshop
  • Budget plan including estimated travel and accommodation expenses and fees for lecturers
  • CV of the visiting scholar/s

The ViDSS recommends that doctoral candidates ask their supervisors or another senior Faculty member at the University of Vienna to support the initiative and to offer advice during the organisation process.

The ViDSS steering committee discusses applications during their regular meetings and decides on their funding. Doctoral candidates can apply for a maximum amount of € 2,000 per workshop for travel and accommodation costs and fees for lecturers.

ViDSS International workshops should ideally be open to all doctoral candidates in the social sciences at the University of Vienna and should, therefore, be held in English. We recommend that organisers limit the number of participants and announce the criteria for the selection of candidates well in advance of the workshop. To apply for funding, doctoral candidates must be members of the ViDSS.

Please note that applications have to be submtited in English.

If you are looking for additional support in organising ViDSS International Workshops, you can also contact the Representation of PhD students in the Social Sciences.

Past ViDSS International Workshops:

“What can ethnography really do?”

13th ethnodoks* workshop for PhDs & International Workshop of the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
4–6 June 2021

Visiting Scholars: Tanja Ahlin (University of Amsterdam), Isabelle Clair (Institut de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les enjeux sociaux, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris), Mirco Göpfert (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main), Kristine Krause (University of Amsterdam)

Organisers: Marlene Persch, Catherine Polishchuk and Milo Strauss​

“Mobile experience sampling”

International Workshop of the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences, Department of Communication
10–11 June 2021

Visiting Scholar: Lukas P. Otto (Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam)

Organiser: Manina Mestas