Recent Advances in the Measurement of Socio-Economic Processes, Workshop – April 2014

The doctoral seminar was organised by Ralph Brüggemann and Winfried Pohlmeier from the University of Konstanz, Joachim Grammig from the University of Tübingen and Robert Jung from the University of Hohenheim. 21 participants from these universities presented their research in the areas Time Series Econometrics and Model Selection, Bayesian Econometrics, Microeconometrics and Issues in Empirical. The workshop took place at the hotel “Seehörnle” on April 10-12.

Information day – May 2014

24 applicants to the Graduate School visited the university on May 12 for an information day. The GSDS representatives gave detailed information about the university, the Graduate School, the study plan and the organisation of the school. Each student had two interviews with professors of the GSDS.After the official programme, the GSDS invited the applicants to an evening event, where professors and advanced students answered all questions about living and studying in Konstanz.

Entscheidende Daten: Die Vermessung der Gesellschaft, Conference – May 2014

On 8 and 9 May 2014 the Konstanz Science Forum and the Graduate School of Decision Sciences hosted a conference on “Entscheidende Daten: Die Vermessung der Gesellschaft” at Neues Schloss Meersburg. The Symposium was the first in a series of events dealing with "transformation processes" from different disciplinary perspectives in the coming years. To realise those events,  the Konstanz Science Forum will work with various partners within the university. The series started on 8 and 9 May 2014 with the symposium focusing on "socio-technical transformations", planned by the Konstanz Science Forum together with Prof. Dr. Ulrik Brandes, Professor of Algorithmics and member of the Graduate School of Decision Sciences. See: Unikon 56 (p 36 ff.)

The German Agendas Project (GPA), Workshop – May 2014

The workshop was organised by Christian Breunig (University of Konstanz) and Heike Kluever (University of Bamberg). It took place at the University of Konstanz on May 15-16. The aim of the workshop was bringing together a group of scholars who currently work on classifying various political activities – protests, interest groups, MP press releases, government speeches, bill introduction and lawmaking, Constitutional Court decisions – according to a common scheme. So far, all research projects were working independently from each other. The workshop provided a forum for engaging in question on actual coding techniques (human vs. unsupervised learning algorithms) as well as presenting some cutting edge research based on new and original data. A final goal of the workshop was spurring the interest in further academic exchanges and collective publication efforts among the participants. This is especially true for the interaction between the participating doctoral students of the GSDS and the academic experts from Germany and surrounding European countries.

Indirect Estimation Methods in Finance and Econometrics, Conference – May 2014  

Prediction in Political Science, Workshop – June 2014

On June 16, the GSDS organised a workshop with Michael D. Ward, Professor of Political Science at Duke University and an affiliate of the Duke Network Analysis Center. His primary interests are in international relations (spanning democratization, globalization, international commerce, military spending, as well as international conflict and cooperation), political geography, as well as mathematical and statistical methods. In the first part of the workshop, four GSDS students presented their projects and received feedback from Professor Ward. In the second part, Michael Ward gave a presentation about "Predictive Heuristics in Political Science".

1st Science Retreat – July 2014

The Graduate School’s first Science Retreat took place in Kempten on July 11-13. Its main purpose was to facilitate the exchange of ideas and research results as well as to develop new collaboration prospects, since daily occasional encounters at the university leave little time for in depth exchange of ideas. The academic part took place on Friday and Saturday with 12 presentations given by doctoral students and professors of the Graduate School. In these talks, the broad spectrum of research within the GSDS was once more demonstrated. Additionally to the official programme, there was enough time to discuss research ideas and methods in small groups.

2nd GSDS Science Slam – November 2014

The second GSDS Science Slam – organised by the student representatives – took place on November 6. Eight GSDS students gave short overview of their research projects in a funny and entertaining way and received heavy applause from the more than 80 people in the audience. At the end, the audience elected the day’s winner.

Fiskalföderalismus und Multilevel Governance, Workshop – November 2014  

Do I like what I prefer? Integrating research on attitudes and preferences, Symposium – December 2014

The symposium “Do I like what I prefer? Integrating research on attitudes and preferences” took place on December 17-19 2014 in Konstanz. It was organised in cooperation between the Graduate School of Decision Sciences and the University of Konstanz to combine theories and methods in attitude and preference research from psychology, economics and political sciences. Thereby, the symposiumaimed at enhancing the understanding of differences and similarities between the two concepts. 28 talks were given by researchers from various disciplines and provided a colourful and inspiring range of perspectives.