Centre for German and European Studies has announced a call for applications for Interdisciplinary Summer School "Network Analysis of European Urban Landscapes: Communities, Spaces and Meanings", July 1–6, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Center for German and European Studies (St. Petersburg State University - Bielefeld University) and the Council of Young Scientists of St. Petersburg State University invite motivated BA, MA and PhD students interested in interdisciplinary urban studies to learn basic concepts, methods and techniques of network analysis applied to social, cultural, and technical dimensions of European urban landscapes.

Prior knowledge of key concepts and techniques of network analysis will be an advantage, but is not mandatory.

 Key topics:

  • Introduction to the main concepts and methods of network analysis
  • Analyzing European urban communities: key tools and techniques
  • The basics of mapping and analyzing urban sociotechnical networks
  • Semantic and sociosemantic network analysis of groups and communities
  • Introduction to the analysis of European urban mobility networks
  • An outlook on modeling the dynamics of spatially embedded social networks
Confirmed teachers:
  • Prof. Dr. Beate Volker, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Prof. Dr. Jana Diesner, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Dr. Johan Koskinen, University of Manchester, UK
  • Dr. Camille Roth, National Center for Scientific Research, France


Applications are due before April 20 2015. Applicants are to e-mail a CV, a letter of motivation and a short description of their related research project in English to:;

Working language: English.

Registration fee: €50.

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Centre for German and European Studies invites to an open discussion "Current Change of Russias Image in Germany: reasons, trends and debates in the German politics and society"

March 18th, at 18:00, in the BIBLIOTEKA space, Nevsky pr. 20, 3d floor.

List of the German experts who will be participated in the event:

Prof. Dr. Siegmar Schmidt (University of Koblenz-Landau), Sebastian Zeitzmann (European Academy Otzenhausen), Goetz Herrmann (University of Bielefeld), Timo Lowinger and Philipp Gieg (University of Wuerzburg).

Moderation: Dr. Elena Belokurova.

The discussion (in English) will cover the factors defining policy of Germany towards Russia, changes of this policy in the past years, as well as reflection of these changes in German media, in political and public debates, in the public opinion about Russia.

For those who cannot attend in-person an online stream will be arranged here:

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The article "Innovative Education Clusters and the Experience of Their Building in Tatarstan Republic" by Artur Sagdatullin, presented at the CGES Conference "Science, Education and Business Cooperation", has been published in the "Innovations" journal

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World Heritage Watch in partnership with CGES, Europa Nostra, Greenpeace, The German Alliance for Nature Conservation, The Forum Environment + Development is organizing an International NGO Conference "UNESCO World Heritage and the Role of Civil Society"

International NGO Conference "UNESCO World Heritage and the Role of Civil Society" will take place on 26-27 June 2015 at the Gustav Stresemann Institute, Bonn, Germany.

World Heritage Watch is a non-profit organization founded in 2014 and dedicated to the support of the UNESCO World Heritage by

-       building a network of civil society actors in order to help improve their participation in the management and protection of World Heritage properties,

-       supporting initiatives of local communities and civil society in or near World Heritage properties,

-       bringing up-to-date and detailed information to the attention of the World Heritage Committee, its Advisory Bodies, and the general public, and

-       lobbying for a stronger voice and a structured role of NGOs in the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

 The Conference follows a first International NGO Forum on World Heritage held in St. Petersburg in 2012.


Please send us an abstract (summary) of your paper by 20 March 2015 to in English, French, Russian or Spanish language. 

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American Institute for Contemporary German Studies is now accepting applications for the next round of DAAD fellowships

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The article "University — Business Interaction in Times of Demographic Change" by Gunnar Prause, presented at the CGES Conference "Science, Education and Business Cooperation", has been published in the "Innovations" journal

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New Working Paper for 2014 has been added: Evguenii Zazdravnykh, "They are Different, They are Similar: A Comparison of the Levels of Entrepreneurship in Germany and Russia"

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New Working Paper "Information (Cyber-) Security Discourses and Policies in the European Union and Russia: A Comparative Analysis" by Yury Kabanov is published

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International Network for Social Network Analysis has published «Networks in the Global World» conference report

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Video from the seminar Scientific Environment 17.12.2014 «Networks and Creativity» are published now.

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