Wir bezuschussen durch Akademiemitglieder organisierte Workshops oder kleinere Konferenzen mit derzeit bis zu 2000 EUR pro Veranstaltung. Bevorzugt berücksichtigt werden Vorschläge, die den Zielen der Akademie entsprechen: z.B. Förderung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis, Replikation und Reproduktion, Open Science, Interdisziplinarität, Gleichberechtigung, Internationalität und Nachwuchsförderung in der analytisch-empirischen Forschung. Antragsberechtigt sind alle Mitglieder der Akademie für Soziologie unabhängig von der akademischen Statusgruppe. Neben dem beantragenden Akademiemitglied sind auch Nicht-Mitglieder im Organisationsteam der Konferenz bzw. des Workshops willkommen.

Die Ausschreibung für 2021 (abgelaufen) finden Sie hier.

Causality in the Social Sciences III: Heterogeneous Causal Effects

AS Sponsored Workshop. October 14-15, 2021

GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim.

Organizers: Sebastian E. Wenz, Nora Müller, and Klaus Pforr (GESIS)


Understanding how an intervention or treatment did or would change the course of the world or how a particular state of the world came about, requires an understanding of cause and effect. The currently dominant perspective of counterfactual causality was subject of two AS sponsored workshops in 2019 and 2020. This third workshop builds on both by addressing a specific but fundamental topic in causal inference: effect heterogeneity. Effect heterogeneity is present whenever individual-level causal effects deviate from the average effect. Traditionally, social scientists have been tackling effect heterogeneity mainly through interaction terms. Recently, technically more ...

...  advanced and substantively different approaches—e.g., parametric and nonparametric techniques based on propensity scores, quantile regression models—have gained popularity and are subject of ongoing debates. This workshop picks up on these recent approaches and debates from three different angles:
Interpretation of heterogeneous effects

  • Estimating heterogeneous effects with observational and experimental data
  • Machine learning techniques for specification search

Keynotes will be given by Jennie E. Brand (UCLA), and Richard Breen (Nuffield College, Oxford University).

See full Call for Applications here (submission deadline 30 June, 2021).


Die nicht-binäre Erhebung von Geschlecht

AS Sponsored Online Workshop, September 27-28, 2021

Universität Bielefeld, Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Berlin, Universität zu Köln. Organizers: Lisa de Vries, Simon Kühne, Mirjam Fischer, David Kasprowski, Zaza Zindel, Martin Kroh, David Richter.

In Deutschland gibt es kaum belastbare und bundesweite Datenquellen der amtlichen Statistik oder Forschung, welche das Geschlecht jenseits von den Kategorien männlich und weiblich erfassen. Der Workshop soll empirisch Forschenden die Möglichkeit geben sich über die nicht-binäre Erhebungen von Geschlecht auszutauschen.

Themen sind unter anderem: Erfahrung mit Erhebungen; Harmonisierung, Vergleichbarkeit, Gewichtung; Analysepotenzial.

Vortragssprache des Workshops ist Deutsch.


Den Call for Papers finden Sie hier (Einreichungsfrist 31. Mai 2021).

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Life Course Analysis


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AS Sponsored Workshop. October 26-27, 2021

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock.

Organizers: Christian Dudel, Mine Kühn, Mikko Myrskylä (Rostock)

This event brings together researchers to present and discuss recent developments in life course analysis and to contribute to advancing the field, including (1) theoretical perspectives on the life course; (2) methodological innovations in quantitative methods and qualitative methods; and (3) empirical applications of the life course approach from across the social sciences and beyond, including studies on health, families, labor markets, and migration.

We are planning an in-person meeting (hybrid/virtual presentation)if the pandemic situation permits. If necessary, the conference will take place fully virtually.


See call for papers here (submission deadline May 31, 2021).

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Women on the Move

AS Sponsored Workshop, May 6, 2021

Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung - Online. Organizer: Magdalena Krieger

For this workshop, we seek contributions from junior researchers whose quantitative research deals with this intersection and interdependence of migration and gender. The workshop invites research on topics such as but not limited to:

  • Selection into migration
  • Family reunification and family members left behind
  • Migration routes and migration journeys
  • Migrants’ networks
  • Remittances
  • Experiences in the destination country

See CfP here (Deadline: March 1st, 2021)

Open Science and Replicability in the Behavioural and Social Sciences

AS Sponsored Online Workshop, April 30, 2021

MethodenKompetenzZentrum, Chemnitz University of Technology. Organizers: Jochen Mayerl, Anja Strobel, Frank Asbrock


Open Science practices offer increasing access to open data and research literature, and research processes are becoming more transparent. Open Science also promises to have an impact on fundamental procedures in peer review processes as well as transparency and replicability of research processes and results. In addition, Open Science increases the possibility for international collaboration even during the ongoing research process and enables a large number of researchers to join forces and work together on one research question. During this conference we will discuss consequences and possibilities of these aspects as well as their implementation.

For call for contributions click here (deadline March 23, 2021).


Environmental Social Sciences II

AS Sponsored Workshop, July 28-30, 2021
Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Organizers: Tobias Rüttenauer (Nuffield College, Oxford), Sebastian Mader (Bern)


Drawing on the successful initial symposium held at the University of Bern in August 2020, we invite to join the 2nd meeting on “Environmental Social Sciences: Challenges and Solutions for Sustainable Development”. We want to create and continue an international forum for analytical-empirical environmental social scientists to foster interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration especially among young scholars. The aim is to harvest the synergies between the social sciences for fruitful interdisciplinary research that the solution of environmental problems demands.

For call for papers click here (submission deadline: April 11, 2021).


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2020 Summer Institutes in Computational Social Science

2020 SICSS Conference in Konszanz - co-sponsored by Academy of Sociology - postponed to 2021.

The Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS) will host a partner location at University of Konstanz. The purpose of SICSS Konstanz is to bring together interested Master students, PhD students, postdoctoral students and junior faculty in Germany. The Summer Institute is for both social scientists (broadly conceived) and data scientists (broadly conceived).

The instructional program will involve lectures and group problem sets in the first week and participant-led research projects in the second week. Participants will be able to work in teams to learn how to implement the material from the lectures. SICSS Konstanz will particularly focus on inference in Computational Social Science and potential issues with regards to measuring latent variables, causal explanation and generalization of study results.

Covered topics include collecting digital trace data, automated text analysis, estimation of latent traits, adjustments for non-probability samples and missing data, and digital field experiments.

There will be ample opportunities for students to discuss their ideas and research with the organizers, other participants and visiting speakers. In addition to providing state of the art education, SICSS Konstanz has the goal to build and expand the network of computational social scientists in Germany. Because we are committed to open and reproducible research, all materials created by faculty and students for the Summer Institute will be released open source.

Local organizers: Karsten Donnay, Carsten Schwemmer, Peter Selb, Susumu Shikano

See SICSS website for more information.


Teaching Replication in the Social Sciences Workshop

AS Sponsored Workshop

Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES). Organizers: Johanna Gereke (MZES), Gerrit Bauer (LMU Munich), Hannah Soiné (MZES).


Bringing replication into the university curriculum in the social sciences furthers students’ quantitative literacy skills and introduces them to good research practice using a learning-by-doing approach. This workshop connects scholars who already taught replication seminars with those who are interested in doing so in the future. It is an opportunity for (junior) scholars and lecturers to exchange ideas, develop a network and learn from others who have experience teaching replication to students.

The workshop will be held in presence. Virtual attendance is also possible.

Download Call for applications here (extended submission deadline: August 1st, 2020).

For more information see here.

Causality in the Social Sciences II Workshop

AS Sponsored Workshop, October 8-9, 2020

DZHW Hannover. Organizers: Sebastian Lang, Ulrike Schwabe, Monika Jungbauer-Gans (DZHW).


The workshop aims to discuss and reflect up-to-date developments in research and open questions on causality from an interdisciplinary perspective. 1) It deepens the understanding of causality in the social sciences on a theoretical-analytical level; 2) It highlights research designs and statistical methods to support causal interpretation on an applied empirical level; (3) It provides a place to discuss results of replication studies directly confronting naïve and more sophisticated estimation strategies. Core questions to be addressed are related to the general relation between description and explanation, the counterfactual approach itself, adequate estimation strategies for causal

inference, advantages and disadvantages of experimental and observational data. The workshop is also open to other aspects related to causality and causal inference.

Download CfP here (submission deadline: May 31, 2020).

More information to be found here.


Environmental Social Sciences Workshop

AS Sponsored Workshop, August 26-28, 2020
Department of Social Sciences, University of Bern.
Organizers: Sebastian Mader (Bern), Tobias Rüttenauer (Nuffield College, Oxford)


Environmental issues and mitigation strategies are among the most important topics of our time. Using analytical and empirical tools, social sciences can play a key role for identifying and disentangling different pathways through which individual awareness and behaviour, social and economic structures, geographical patterns, and political actions are linked to environmental issues. In this workshop, we want to connect environmental research from sociology, economics, psychology, geography, political sciences, communication studies, education, and related environmental social sciences.

Download Call here (submission deadline: May 15, 2020).