GESIS Training Courses
GESIS Training Courses

Scientific Coordination

Dr. Reinhard Schunck
Tel: +49 221 47694-160

Administrative Coordination

Angelika Ruf
Tel: +49 221 47694-162

46th GESIS Spring Seminar: Causal Inference with Observational Data

Date: 06.03 - 24.03.2017 ics-file

Location: Cologne

The GESIS Spring Seminar (formerly ZA Spring Seminar) has been taking place in Cologne annually for more  than 45 years. It offers three consecutive one-week courses in advanced methods  of quantitative data analysis for Social Scientists. Language of instruction is English.


Week 1 (06.-10.03.2017) 

  • Causal Analysis with Panel Data: Potentials and Limitations - Prof. Dr. Michael Windzio, Jun. Prof. Dr. Marco Giesselmann 

Week 2 (13.-17.03.2017)

  • Structural Equation Models (SEMs)  - Prof. Kenneth Bollen, PhD with Zachary Fisher

Week 3 (20.-24.03.2017

  • Potential Outcomes and Treatment Effects: Modern Methods of Causal Inference  - Prof. Dr. Ben Jann, Dr. Rudolf Farys 



The GESIS Spring Seminar offers high quality training in state of the art techniques in quantitative data analysis taught by foremost experts of the field. Each year a specific topic guides the courses. The Spring Seminar aims to:

  • provide in depth knowledge of state of the art quantitative analysis techniques in the social sciences
  • enable participants to apply state of the art quantitative analysis techniques to their own research projects
  • provide participants the opportunity to discuss their own research with interested colleagues and foremost experts
  • provide participants good networking opportunities, a supportive social environment, and an exciting time in Cologne


Spring Seminar Prerequisites

  • have a sound knowledge of quantitative research methods
  • have a good command of English as the Spring Seminar will entirely be held in English.


How to choose the right course

The courses of the Spring Seminar are structured consecutively, but participants are free to choose any or all courses they are interested in.

If you have any questions  concerning administrative matters or the Spring Seminar in general, please send an e-mail to the administrative coordinator, Angelika Ruf: If you need help finding the right course or if you  ave any questions concerning the course contents, please send an e-mail to the scientific coordinator, Reinhard Schunck: 

Since 2017 participants of the GESIS Spring Seminar have the opportunity to gain European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points from the Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences (CGS) of the University of Cologne, Germany. You can obtain 3 points for regular attendance and satisfactory work on daily assignments in a one-week course.


Participation Fees

One week courses

€ 250    Student rate

€ 350    Academic/non-profit rate

€ 700    Commercial rate

€ 50      ECTS points



If a course is fully booked, please place yourself on the waiting list. Travel costs, accommodation and meals are not included. Please make your own arrangements. We strongly recommend that you arrange accommodation as soon as possible after you have registered. The demand for accommodation will be high in March. You will find a list with hotel recommendations, information about Cologne as well as on how to get to GESIS here.

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