GESIS Training Courses

Workshop 3 - Integrating molecular genetics into social science research

Felix Tropf, PhD, Robbee Wedow

Datum: 11.10 - 12.10.2018 ics-Datei

Referenteninformationen - Felix Tropf, PhD

Referenteninformationen - Robbee Wedow


A growing number of social science data sources are providing molecular genetic data and researchers all over the world are interested in utilizing this information in order to better understand various social phenomena. In this course, we will learn about the history of social science and behaviour genetics as well as about the state of the art research and cutting-edge methods. We will discuss how genetic variants are discovered, which are associated with social science outcomes of interest and how we can utilize these results in social science research in terms of controlling for confounding effects, dealing with genetic heterogeneity in social science models, estimating gene-environment interaction models and using genes as instrumental variables. Substantively, we will rely on recently published genetic discovery studies on educational attainment, subjective well-being and fertility.
Selected participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their own research ideas or projects in the form of a poster presentation with the lecturers and participants of the workshop in the evening of October 8, 2018. Participants interested in a poster presentation are asked to apply by submitting a short outline (about 0.5 pages) of their research idea or research project until August 20, 2018. Click here to submit your application.
Please remember to first book your workshop(s) and then apply for the poster presentation.
If you have questions regarding the workshop content or the application for the poster presentation please contact Dr. Nora Müller
For organizational questions, please send an e-mail to Loretta Langendörfer



Quantitative Social Scientists, Demographers, Social Stratification Researchers, Health and Well-Being researchers.


After attending this workshop, participants should have a basic understanding of the fundamental advantages of integrating genetics into social science. They should understand the basic technical terms from quantitative genetics literature and be able to read and interpret studies concerning social science genetics. They should be able to conduct basic quantitative genetics analyses and interpret their findings.


Participants need an interest and a basic understanding of quantitative social science research and basic knowledge of the software R and/or Stata.



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