The 9th edition of the international Summer Course “Theory, Methods and Applications of Personal Networks” has been held in the UAB in July 3-7, 2017.
In its 9th edition the summer course have attracted an amazing group of 20 talented participants, 14 PhD students and six PhD holders from UK, Germany, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Ecuador, Peru, United States, Colombia, Holland, Iceland and Spain. The aim was to enable social science researchers to create, compare and critique personal network research designs while discussing their own research projects. During five days the course was a mix of lectures and computer sessions. Invited speakers presented various software as Visone by Jürgen Lerner (University of Konstanz), R by Raffaele Vacca (University of Florida), Vennmaker by Ignacio Fradejas-García (Autonomous University of Barcelona) and Egonet by José Luis Molina (Autonomous University of Barcelona). Miranda J. Lubbers (Autonomous University of Barcelona) and Andreas Herz (University of Hildesheim) completed this intense week with theoretical presentations working on name generators and qualitative analysis of personal networks. In addition to the academic activities, tourist trip following the Roman past of Barcelona, the nice Catalonia’s environment and the informal talks during lunch, dinner and free time, have been also important to create synergies and ties; sure that the summer course is the beginning of long academic and friendly relationships.