SIENA Winterschool on Longitudinal Social Network Analysis

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The 8th SIENA Winter School on Longitudinal Social Network Analysis and the 2016 Advanced Siena Users Meeting (AdSUM-2016) will take place from 15-20 February 2016 in Zürich. This is a continuation of the workshops hosted by the University of Groningen in the previous years. The courses will be taught by Tom A. B. Snijders, Christian Steglich, Per Block and Christoph Stadtfeld.

The SIENA Winter School will take place from Monday to Thursday introducing participants to the analysis of longitudinal, group-centered network data by way of stochastic, actor-based models, and to the analysis of peer influence processes taking place in such dynamically changing networks using the program RSiena. The winter school will be taught by Per Block and Christoph Stadtfeld with Tom Snijders contributing towards the end of the course.

The Advanced Siena Users Metting will take place on Friday and Saturday. The first day will be devoted to treating advanced topics and introducing new developments in RSiena. The second day will be a Master Class where papers of participants are discussed. The procedure for the master class is as follows: Abstracts of participants that would like to present a paper can be submitted before December 15. Within one week after this deadline, authors will be informed about acceptance. For accepted abstracts, the authors are invited to submit papers for discussion by February 1. The papers should have a length of no more than 15 pages, and be accompanied with a script and data so the analysis can be reproduced. At the Master Class they will be discussed by Tom Snijders, Christian Steglich, and one of the other Master Class participants (every author of a discussed paper, or group of authors in case of multiple authorship, will be assigned one of the other papers to discuss).

For both the SIENA Winter School and the Advanced SIENA Users Meeting, researchers who are in the process of collecting or analysing own longitudinal data sets are especially welcome to participate and, if possible, bring their own data. For participants without own data, many sample data sets will be made available.

Prerequisites for participation in the Winter School are familiarity with basic social network analysis, some knowledge of intermediate statistics (including logistic regression analysis), and basic familiarity with the R statistical software environment. For the AdSUM-2016 a good knowledge of Siena and SAOMs is important.

You can register by filling in the registration form (see link at the bottom of this page). The maximum number of participants per course module is 30; for the Master Class, we handle a maximum of six presenters. For those who register after the maximum number is reached, a waiting list will be created.

Registration fees depend on intended participation and job status, as indicated in the following table.

Job status SIENA Winter School
Advanced SIENA Users Meeting
Non-academics, academic staff & postdocs CHF 400 (~€ 350) CHF 200 (~€ 175)
Students & graduate students CHF 300 (~€ 250) CHF 150 (~€ 125)

Fees include course materials, coffee breaks (morning and afternoon), and internet access (WiFi). Participants are expected to bring their own computer for lab exercises. Hotel accommodation, lunches and dinners are not included in the registration fee.


Please note: The registration is a two-step process. First, you need to create an account on the Polykurs website. You will receive a username/password via e-Mail with which you can then sign up and pay for the course. The registration is only complete after we have received the payment.  

If you want to participate in the SIENA Winter School, please register here: Registration Winter School
If you want to participate in the Advanced SIENA User Meeting, please register here: Registration AdSUM

Further information about preparation for the course will be made available shortly.

For an overview of earlier Groningen Winter Schools on Longitudinal Social Network Analysis, click here.


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The SIENA winter school and the Advanced SIENA Users Meeting will both take place in room J1 of the CLA building in Tannenstrasse 3.

Accommodation and Public Transport

An overview of hotels in different price categories has been assembled by the Housing Office ot ETH Zurich: Hotels and hostels in Zurich.

You can check how you can reach the winter school venue ("Zürich, Tannenstrasse 3") from your hotel via public transport here: Website of ZVV.

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