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Survey of Demand 2021

Dear GGS members,


every year the GGS conducts a survey of demand among all of its member, i.e. PhD candidates, postdocs, as well professors. Our goal here is to provide you with the opportunity to tell us how you feel about the GGS curriculum, and what sort of support, offers etc. you would like to see from us in the future. On the one hand, this constitutes a chance for us to receive your feedback on the already existing curriculum, so as to let us know which positive aspects of our offers we should keep from the present going into the future. At the same time, we take this as a chance to learn about points which we can improve upon.


Additionally, the survey of demand is also our primary way of inquiring about your course wishes. Our curriculum has always been substantially shaped by your feedback. Our vision of the GGS is one of a centre where the wishes and needs of our members shape the curriculum - and as our members and their wishes change, so does the curriculum. We see this as the ideal way to offer the exact curriculum that our members desire most.


To make this concret: The courses which we offers are almost always the ones that were most requested in the survey. In the following overview down below, we would like to share with you what these requests looked like this year, and how we plan to act upon your wishes, by offering specific courses. As time goes on during the next 12 months, we will update the overview to show you how, step by step, we will offer courses for every topic that you told us you wished to see realised at the GGS.


We would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you for all of the overwhelmingly positive feedback regarding our communication channels & policies. It made us so happy to see that we can successfully reach out to you through our various channels. Your positive feedback on the monthly newsletter as well as the individual e-mail reminders in particular confirmed our believe that these are great ways to keep you informed about current affairs at the centre.

Nonetheless, we do see room  for improvement and will strive to optimise our offers and communication channels even further, so that you can always & comfortably keep informed about what is going on at the GGS. To this end, we have, for example, already implemented the much requested integration of iCal buttons into our digital course calendar.


As mentioned above, your workshop requests guide us in our planning for the upcoming semesters. To comply with your majority wishes, upcoming courses will primarily be held as fulltime or half-a-day formats, primarily on Thursdays or Fridays. The decision as to whether a course will be held in presence teaching or digitally is something which we will decide flexibly in consideration of the pandemic situation, but also depending on what makes most sense for a specific course.


We are greatful to get to offer you your most requested methodological, and intra-disciplinary topics, as well as on transferable skills. We also take into consideration which softwares you wished to learn about, and accordingly we will try to combine your other course wishes with software applications in Python, R, MAXQDA, and SPSS. The same can be said for digitalisation - we do however have to point out that the topic of "E-Learning" will soon be moved to our university department of didactics since our project Lehre 4.0 will finish at the end of September.


Listed below you may find all of your most requested courses, which we will try to offer courses on throughout the next two semesters:


Most requestd methodology courses:

Qualitative Content Analysis

  • February 25, 2022: "Qualitative Inhaltsanalyse"

Questionnaire Design

  • January 21, 2022: "Qualitative Interviews und Leitfadenkonstruktion"

Cluster Analysis


Regression Analysis

  • June 28 & 29 as well as July 5 & 6, 2021: "Einführung in die multiple lineare Regressionsanalyse mit Stata"

Applied  Econometrics

  • March 3, 4, 10 & 11, 2022 - "Empirical Methods and Applications in Archival Data Research"

Time Series Analysis


Bayesian Modelling


Panel Analysis

  • May 19. - 21., 2021: "Einführung in die Panelanalyse mit Stata"

Quantitative Methods



Most requested software courses


  • July 21 & 22, 2022: "Einführung in die Datenanalyse mit R"
  • October 2022: "Causal Inference with R"


  • October 4, 11, 18 & 25 as well as November 1 & 8, 2021: "Web Data Science: Scraping and Analyzing the Web with Python"
    October 1 & 2 2021: "Machine Learning with Python"
    Planned for March 30 & 31, 2022: "Machine Learning with Python"




  • April 28 & 29, 2022: "Qualitative Datenanalyse mit MAXQDA: Einführungs- und Aufbaukurs"


Meistnachgefragte Digitalisierungskurse

Big Data /Smart Data

  • Planned for summer term 2022

Data & Topic Mining

  • September 13, 2021: "Text Mining"

Social Media Management

  • From January 19, 2022:"Informational Event Series: Social Media für Wissenschaftler*innen"

Open Access Publishing

  • June 24, 2021: "Open Access Publishing"
Machine Learning
  • "Machine Learning with Python" (October 1-2, and November 26-27, 2021)
  • Planned for January 13 & 14, and February 4, 2022 ("Introduction to Machine Learning")
  • Planned for March 30-31, and April 1, 2022 ("Machine Learning with Python")


Most requested transferable skills courses

Networking in Academia


Job Application Strategies

  • March 24 & 25, 2022: "Bewerbungssstrategien - Was Sie als (fortgeschrittene) Akademiker*innen beachten sollten"
Third Party Funding
  • March 18, 2022: "Begutachtung von Drittmittelanträgen verstehen"
  • June 24, 2022: "Das ABC der Antragstellung - einen erfolgreichen Drittmittelantrag schreiben"

Project Management

Leadership Skills

Academic Writing

  • „Writing an Academic Journal Article" (23. & 28. August + 27. September 2021)

Career Paths beyond Academia

  • "Postdoc und dann? Sozial- und Geisteswissenschaftler*innen auf dem außeruniversitären Arbeitsmarkt" (September 1-2, 2021)

Publication Strategies

  • e.g. the programme "Strategisch erfolgreich publizieren"

Career Management & Personal Position Assessment

  • e.g. Career talk series of our postdoc coordination



We are most grateful to everyone who participated in the survey and in doing so has helped us continue to offers a demand-oriented array of offers at the GGS.


All the best from Giessen,

your GGS team