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Semester end tutor meeting

👏🏻 Thanks to tutors Lisa Hafner, Anne-Sophie Landenberger, Maurin Schmidt and Marc Wiedmann this winter semester’s weekly lecture and exercise by Prof. Reips on Methods and History of Psychology sailed smoothly in fully returned to face-to-face teaching mode. Attendance was very high throughout the semester, as reflected in higher than average grades in the final exam.

After several years as tutors, Lisa and Marc will now move on, as they have finished their Master’s degrees. We are thankful for their diligent tutoring and heartfelt assistance. Good luck and may the methods force be with you!

Below a picture of the semester end meeting between Prof. Reips and the tutors, reflecting over coffee on the previous months. Thanks to the team for making iScience teaching a great learning and exchange experience. See you next winter semester again 😊

5th Summer School on Internet-based Data Collection and Analysis

👏🏻 Thank you for attending our 5th Summer School on Internet-based Data Collection and Analysis last week! We covered topics like basic and advanced concepts of Internet-based research, experimental design, apps for research, theory and model testing, mixed models, analysis of Internet data, Social Media, Mobile Experience Sampling, Big Data, and Open Science.

👩🏻‍💻👨🏼‍💻The Summer School was an excellent opportunity for attendees to meet and interact with people at different stages of research, get mentoring sessions with the instructors, and learn more about the use of Internet-based research in different fields. The exchange of ideas went on in the classroom and during the social events designed to let participants learn more about the history and attractions of Konstanz (through visits to the Konstanz City-Hall, the Meersburg Castle, and Konstanz Old Town).

Thanks to the organisers, the group assistants and the instructors for making this event a great learning and exchange experience. But most of all, thanks to all the participants for attending and making this event unique! See you in two years again 😊

Team days: A recap of our 4-day mid-semester break event in March 2022

iScience members, iScience friends, and colleagues from joint DFG projects (like Lilly Roth from the University of Tübingen) had an extraordinary 4-day mid-semester break event this week.

Thanks to precautionary health safety measures (like the free, daily PCR tests of the University of Konstanz), the event took place on-site in Konstanz even in turbulent COVID-19 times, thus enabling a face-to-face exchange of our often remotely working team (with colleagues distributed, for example, in Konstanz, Kreuzlingen, Zürich, Luzern, Tübingen, and Hamburg).

We spent the time together discussing the future of our research, our research tools, and how we can further improve innovative projects and academic collaborations. 

For example, our iScience Research Colloquium (FoKo) with a series of knowledgeable and passionate presentations was an excellent opportunity for us to learn about the wide range of research being done by the different iScience team members. As a result, many conceptual synergies have emerged, leading to new research ideas.

The event also included various coding workshops, methodological discussions, and thus a lively exchange of skills and knowledge. For example, one workshop topic was about current developments in Open Science and the debate on how we can make our research and iScience research tools (like WEXTOR) even more accessible, transparent, and collaborative.

And there were also many opportunities for informal exchange: Team events in restaurants, coffee breaks in the cafeteria, and a hiking trip through the Mainau forest were great ways to celebrate and spend time with colleagues.

At the end of the 4-day event, we all felt inspired and energized to take on new challenges!


Thanks for attending our 4th Summer School on Internet-based Data Collection and Analysis 2021

Thank you for attending our 4th Summer School on Internet-based Data Collection and Analysis last week, including topics like concepts of internet-based research, methods and best practices, apps, standards, visualization, theory and model testing, mixed models, analysis of internet data, social media, mobile experience sampling, and big data.

The Summer School was not only an excellent opportunity to meet and interact with people interested in modern approaches to data collection and analysis; it was also a perfect way to learn about other peoples’ experiences in academia, business, and government. This exchange also happened during the recreational program points (such as wine tasting, 3D mini golf, dinner, …), and increased the creativity and productivity of the summer school in a profound way. Thanks for attending and making this event such a huge success – check out our event video! And: See you in two years again!

Photos in the video by U.-D. Reips, J. Caffier, L. Roth, G. Afunts, & N. C. Banh