Winter School 2017: participants have their say!


We've been mingling with participants at this year's Winter School to find out what they make of it so far...

Are you at the Winter School at Bamberg School of Social Sciences? Join the conversation with #wsmt17

Lucas Geese, Bamberg Graduate School Associate Member @LucasGeese

‘I’m doing the course on Bayesian Inference with Susumu Shikano. There’s a good mix of theoretical background and application. Before, I was studying this topic just for the fun of it but it turns out to have real, practical relevance for my PhD studies.’

Lea Portmann, Universität Luzern & Andri Koch, Universität Bern

Lea — ‘I took this course on Bayesian Inference for practical reasons. It begins with very basic information on statistics and advances to the general idea of Bayesian statistics. I’m finding there’s a good mixture of practical exercises and general information.’

Andri — ‘I was surprised by the level of choice offered by the ECPR’s Winter School; other methods schools tend to be very small in comparison. There are only six people on the course I’m doing, which is a definite bonus.’

Lisa Sanderink, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (pictured far left)

‘I’ve enjoyed the city of Bamberg and the event location – all very convenient. Everything here is very well organised, including the social events. I initially took the course on Complex Systems, which was good but I’d hoped to get a bit more applied knowledge. I’m currently taking the course on Qualitative Text Analysis, which is proving useful so far.’

Nicolas Inti Weichert, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg & Christian Hagemann, The Bavarian School of Public Policy

Inti (pictured left) — ‘My Professor told me about the ECPR’s Winter School and I’ve found all the preparatory and main course to be good. They’re taught at a decent pace, just right for me. If I had to make a recommendation for how the event could be improved in future years, it would be to give participants more information about accommodation options in Bamberg, and more about public transport; it’s easy to get lost!’

Christian (pictured right) — ‘The information on ECPR’s website about the prerequisite knowledge needed for each course is just right – very useful. I’ve found the courses so far to be very hands-on; the instructors give enough time to go back over if any of us have questions remaining.’

Michael Wicki @WickiMichael & Robert Huber @Robert_A_Huber University of Zurich 

Michael (pictured right) — I’m taking the course 'Survey Design and the Online Survey Lifecycle' with Kathrin Thomas. She’s really engaged, which leads to lots of discussion among participants. We’re a small group – just 12 people – so that makes a difference.’

Robert (pictured left) — ‘I’m also taking the Survey Design course with Kathrin Thomas. One week isn’t enough to learn everything about the topic but our instructor’s teaching style is very hands-on and gives a good overview. Kathrin brings her own experience – and even her mistakes! – to the course, which makes it very relatable.’

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