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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

3rd International Rationality Summer Institute (IRSI3)

07.03.2022, by Hannah Schäfer

Landau, Germany
July 24th - August 5th, 2022


Call for applications for all-inclusive stipends

Butenschoen Haus, Landau, Germany
July 24 to August 5, 2022



Originally planned for 2020 and cancelled due to the pandemic, we are more than happy to announce that IRSI3 is finally going to take place this summer. We are very much looking forward to applications from interested young scholars!


Rationality is central to many scientific disciplines, including philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, and economics. This may suggest that research in these fields is conducted in close concert. But unfortunately, researchers from these disciplines are traditionally entrenched in separate academic sub-cultures and rarely collaborate and learn from one another. The aim of the International Rationality Summer Institutes (IRSI) is to overcome this division by creating an open-minded environment, within which students are exposed to state-of-the-art research on rationality from a super-disciplinary perspective. IRSI participants should return from the Summer Institute with the conviction that it is worthwhile crossing the borders of their home discipline.

Building on the success of IRSI1 and IRSI2, IRSI3 will be devoted to a translational science perspective. How can we design rational environments for smart policy making? Basic theories and methods of rationality research will be related to societal, political, legal, health-related and economic problems in the 21st century. More than in previous Summer Institutes, junior participants will be actively involved in organizing workshops and plenary discussions, and in project-oriented work. All participants will be engaged in joint research projects aiming at publications, funding activities, internet studies, or adversarial collaboration. The projects will tackle up-to-date issues such as social media and the future of democracy, assessing and communicating health risks, nudging and boosting of ecologically sustainable behavior, validity of media reports and fake news.

Young Scholars’ Forum. In addition, each participant will be given the opportunity to fill a timeslot of 30 to 45 minutes with a presentation about something they are interested in and want to pass on or discuss. The presentation may take many forms, but should broadly fit into one of the categories listed on the website.

Who can apply for IRSI3?

The Summer Institute will include doctoral students, early-stage post-docs, and advanced master students from all disciplines concerned with rationality research. They may be enrolled, in particular, in psychology, philosophy, economics, social sciences, or computer science. Applications should include a short CV that is informative about the applicant’s affiliation, subject major, and current status. The CV should indicate the name of a supervisor or senior scientist willing to provide a reference upon request. In addition, a statement of interest depicting the origin of the applicant’s interest in as well as relation to rationality research and general motivation to participate (maximally one page). Applicants should also provide an informative title for their potential Young Scholars’ Forum presentation and indicate which category it could be classed as.

We will do our best to organize the summer institute so as to minimize the risk of infection with COVID-19. Accordingly, we require all applicants to be fully vaccinated, and ideally boosted, if locally available.

To apply for an all-inclusive IRSI3 stipend (travel, accommodation, full board, and social program) please follow the instructions on the website deadline for applications is April 1, 2022. Notifications of acceptance will be sent soon after.


A number of international leading experts in rationality research have offered their participation in the Summer Institute as keynote speakers or as teachers including: Ralph Hertwig (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin), Asher Koriat (University of Haifa), Michael Ramscar (University of Tübingen), Rakefet Ackerman (Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa), Mark Colyvan (University of Sydney), Mário Ferreira (University of Lisbon), Wolfgang Gaissmaier (University of Konstanz), Gaël Le Mens (Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona), Joachim Krueger (Brown University), and Chiara Lisciandra (University of Groningen).

The organisers are Klaus Fiedler (Heidelberg University, Germany), Florian Kutzner (Seeburg Castle University, Austria) and Linda McCaughey (Heidelberg University), assisted by Ute Lorenz.
The Advisory Board includes Ulrike Hahn (Birkbeck University), Stefan Schulz-Hardt (University of Göttingen), Markus Knauff (Justus Liebig University Giessen) and Stephan Hartmann (LMU Munich).

Like its precursors IRSI1 and IRSI2, IRSI3 is generously funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.