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About the BIGSSS summer school program

Each year, the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) organizes a summer school with varying research focuses from one of BIGSSS' thematic fields. BIGSSS summer schools are co-funded by renowned partners such as the Volkswagen Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Mercator Foundation.

The aim of the BIGSSS summer school program is to support young social scientists by opening a cross-border dialogue on theoretical questions and methodological approaches to current matters of social science research. Our main target groups are PhD and advanced Master students with a social science background who are motivated to discuss their own research projects in a multidisciplinary and international community of fellow graduate students and first rate international scholars in the close environment of a graduate school.

The next BIGSSS Summer School on "Social Cohesion" will take place June 25-July 1, 2017.

The BIGSS Summer School program
is structured around three core elements:

  1. presentations by renowned lecturers (with discussion)
  2. discussions of selected key readings with the guest lecturers
  3. presentations and discussion of participants‘ own projects.

The topics and some impressions of previous BIGSSS summer schools can be found in our Archive.

Here is what participants said about previous BIGSSS summer schools:

"Thank you very much for your hard work and bringing us together in such a high-quality event! This'll be one of the highlights of my PhD track."

"It was my first summer school of this kind, and it's not only about academic experience, but also communication and networking. It broadened my mind, definitely, and the way I see the world also changed."

"I got (and so did many others) excellent input from other fellows. Just meeting other young researchers was also an excellent experience - I have made great contacts, both in the networking sense and more socially/friendship wise. For me it was also very useful to expand my knowledge beyond my own little area of research by reading up/listening to/discussing others' research and the lecturers' research/topic. [...] I do not regret for a second that I came - have had a very good, stimulating and inspiring time!"

"I really enjoyed these days, learned a lot and met some very nice people. It has been a great experience."

"A big thank you for two very inspiring and joyful weeks in Bremen."

"Thanks a lot to all of you for your fabulous work and great effort. It was thrilling to be here and to get into discussions with very skilled professors. It was nice to be in Bremen for the first time, it is beautiful over here!"

"The summer school was beyond all expectations! The organizers did the best job possible."