European Ph.D on Social Representations and Communication
So.Re.Com. Joint-IDP Training Activities and Events

I. Network-wide Training Events
II. Local Training on Methodological skills (offered by universities)
III. Training on complementary and tansferable skills (provided by non-academic partners)

 

I. Network-wide Training Events

10 Scientific Training events are foreseen during the project's life cycle (2014-2017). As indicated in the chart below, the events will include three winter intensive training sessions (2015-2017) dedicated to the co-operative research programme on the meta-theoretical analysis of the literature on social representations and communication and expanding the S.R. & C Intelligent Virtual Library, three spring intensive training sessions (2015-2017) focused on Specific Training on complementary and transferable skills provided by the non-academic partners, and four International Summer Schools (2014-2017) open to wider dissemination via the EuroPhD web-auditorium. The last Summer School will also represent the Final Conference (2017) for dissemination of the results of the various research teams.

Training events

Title

Number of Days & location

2014 International Summer School

Genesis, development and actuality of the Social Representation theory in more than fifty years (1961-2011 and beyond): the main paradigms and the “modelling approach

7 days  

13th - 19th July 2014

Rome

 

2015 Winter Session International Lab Meeting

Training in the meta-theoretical analysis of the specialised literature on Social Representations and Communication

4 days

25th-28th January 2015

Rome

2015 Spring Session International Lab Meeting

The “Anthropological”, “Narrative”, “Dialogical” and “Subjective” paradigmatic approaches to Social Representations

4 days

26th -29th April 2015

Rome

2015 International Summer School

General Mid-Term Meeting with all European and extra-EU associated partners and extra-academic partners

Mapping the impact and dissemination of the social representation theory across different geo-cultural contexts around the world:  from Europe towards other continents

8 days

18th -25th July 2015

Rome

2016 Winter Session International Lab Meeting 

Training in the meta-theoretical analysis of the specialised literature on Social Representations and Communication

4 days

24th-27th January 2016

Rome

2016 Spring Session International Lab Meeting

The “Structural” paradigmatic approach to Social Representations

4 days

17th -20th April 2016

Rome

2016 International Summer School

The “methodological polytheism in the Social Representations literature and its implication in the contemporary communication era: distinctiveness and dialogue between multiple research methods (textual and image-based research sources and tools, traditional and new media-based research design, experimental and field oriented studies)

7 days

17th -23rd July 2016

Rome

2017 Winter Session International Lab Meeting

Training in the meta-theoretical analysis of the specialised literature on Social Representations and Communication

4 days

29th January - 1st February 2017

Rome

2017 Spring Session International Lab Meeting

The “Socio-Dynamic” paradigmatic approach to Social Representations

4 days

16th - 19th April 2017

Rome

2017 International Summer School / Final Conference

Social Representations in the social arena faced with social demand:the impact of this supra-disciplinary research field on the wide range of societal issues investigated in the various thematic areas in multiple applied contexts (from economics to the environment, politics, health and community issues, science and communication)

7 days

18th – 24th June 2017

Rome

 

II. Local Training on Methodological skills (offered by universities)

  • Sapienza University of Rome – Italy, in addition to the core training activity in meta-theoretical analysis of the whole body of literature on social representations, specific training in the multi-methodological modelling approach to social representations and communication, including analysis of social representations co-produced by new media, the combination of textual and image-based research design and innovative ad hoc created research tools, the application of multiple data strategies of analysis and statistical software to the same set of data;
  • Nankai University – China; Masaryk University – Czech Republic; “Alexandru Ioan Cuza“ – Romania: biographical and narrative approaches in sociological and psychological research;
  • University of Belgrano – Argentina; “A.I. Cuza” Iasi – Romania: methodological expertise on “content” and “structure” of social representations;
  • University of Valencia – Spain; University of Vienna – Austria; Universities of Lausanne and Geneva - Switzerland: experimental approach on social representations phenomena;
  • University of Basque Country – Spain; Universities of Lausanne and Geneva – Switzerland; Sapienza University of Rome – Italy; Universidad de Santa Catarina – Brazil; University of Ottawa – Canada: integration of qualitative and quantitative methodologies - statistical analysis software and scientific practices;
  • University of Vienna – Austria; Sapienza University of Rome – Italy; “A.I. Cuza” Iasi – Romania: statistical analysis training for studies in the interface between economics, finance and psychology; descriptive and multivariate statistics.
  • Sapienza University of Rome - Italy; the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana - Mexico: image-based and textual tools, and specific techniques to obtain data from the various asynchronous and interactive Internet and web environments; media analysis.
  • University of Belgrano - Argentina; Nankai University - China, University of Ottawa - Canada: Action-research in multidisciplinary settings and in diversified and complex contexts (health, education, immigration, work etc.)
  • Graduate Centre CUNY, New York – USA: Critical theory and participatory methods; Community survey and participatory analysis; Focus groups and mapping; Critical dissemination for policy, social movements, performance and social action

 

III. Training on complementary and tansferable skills (provided by non-academic partners)

  • CONERI – Sweden: Courses in communication and team processes related to online meetings and conferences. Research trainees actively participate in organising e-meetings and virtual team building and communication processes related to online meetings.
  • ContattoLavoro s.r.l – Italy: Born in 2000, ContattoLavoro s.r.l. is a consulting firm operating in the human resources field characterized by a social psychological multi- methodological approach. After its first year of activities it launched its online recruiting platform www.contattolavoro.it. Today, the platform counts 750,000 applications and a prestigious network of top employer organizations. As an employer-branding specialized corporation, its 10-year expertise in selecting, recruiting and training, and dealing with top employers around the world can offer to trainee researchers an opportunity to develop advanced skills demanded on the labour market, such as: entrepreneurship, employer branding, qualitative and quantitative analysis, new media and training on WEB 2.0 corporate identity management, and design and implementation of corporate blogs, forums and wiki websites. Early research trainees can also be trained in small-company entrepreneurship skills, including sales and marketing, multi-layered identity.
  • IFSTTAR – France: A large public and technical research institution jointly supervised by the French Ministries of Research and of Sustainable Development, born from the fusion of INRETS and LCPC. Thanks to the multidisciplinary characteristic of its research teams (including researchers, engineers, urban planners, technicians, administrators in disciplines such as epidemiology, ergonomics, psychology, statistics, telecommunication, sociology and artificial intelligence), research trainees seconded to IFSTTAR are be exposed to a diversity of approaches used by their research unit GRETTIA (Génie des Réseaux de Transports Terrestres et Informatique Avancée) in their various research projects and to research management (including IPR & commercial exploitation of results) and organisation piloting in fundamental applied fields.

Due to the applied nature and the range of discipline and expertise involved, IFSTTAR is one of the public research institutions with the highest number of collaborations with several multinational companies, as for example Renault, Peugeot and Toyota. Therefore, the institutional cooperation established by the European/International Joint PhD with IFSTTAR is a privileged channel for enrolled researchers to gain access to important multinational companies. The other two private sector partners, ContattoLavoro and CONERI, are smaller internationalized enterprises but more diversified in information technologies and in communication and marketing sectors.