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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Summer Schools

The Summer School of the Association normally has now a 2-year cycle, and we attempt to ensure that this cycle also avoids clashing with the General Meetings.

The Summer School is intended to provide graduate students in Europe with the opportunity to come together for a two-week period to receive instruction and supervision from senior social psychologists drawn from Europe and the rest of the world. It also provides graduate students with the chance to meet graduate students from other European countries. Since many of these students go on to become full-time academics, this means that it is possible for even junior academic staff to have an established network of contacts throughout Europe, drawn from fellow-participants in a Summer School.

Summer School Marburg 2002
Summer School Marburg 2002

Tutors and participants

Because the Summer School takes a great deal of time, effort, and money to organise, any because graduate students are limited to participating in one Summer School, participants are selected on a competitive basis. A typical Summer School lasts for 2 weeks, and consists of 5 'workshop' groups of students, with about 12 students in each group. The groups are organised around research themes, and each group is supervised by a tutor whose own research specialisation falls within that theme. This tutor is usually assisted by a second person, who is often recruited from the university staff of institutions in the host country. Efforts are made by the Summer School organiser (who is appointed to this role by the Executive Committee) to achieve a balance of research themes, so that the discipline of social psychology is as far as possible covered. Normally no more than one current member of the Executive Committee acts as a tutor at summer schools, and the academic programme of the school is devised in consultation with the Executive Committee.

Summer school activities

The intention is that each of the 5 workshop groups receives specialist instruction in a particular research topic, and that on the basis of this instruction members of the group design one or more empirical studies that would address key theoretical questions. Given that the schools take place in the summer months, when the supply of potential research participants is limited, it is usually only possible for students to conduct pilot research during the Summer School. The summer school organiser may set aside some sources of support towards the later extension of the planned research at one or more of the participants' home universities.

Cooperation with other Societies (SPSP and SASP)

A relatively new development is, that the Summer School organizer keeps 5 of the approximately 60 potential Summer School places open for graduate students from North America/Canada (selected by SPSP) and 5 places for Australasian students (selected by the SASP). This is based on an agreement with SPSP and SASP which, in turn, allows 5 EASP postgraduate members to attend the SPSP Summer Schools (SISPP) and the summer school of SASP. The next SISPP is scheduled for summer 2017, the next SASP summer school will take place beginning of 2018 (Australian summer!).