WSTNet Web Science Summer School, 30 June - 6 July 2016, Germany

Publish Date: Feb 15, 2016

Deadline: Apr 15, 2016

Event Dates: from Jun 30, 2016 12:00 to Jul 06, 2016 12:00


Our mix of keynotes, tutorials and supervised project work around various topics of Web Science will provide an effective and motivating learning experience.


The summer school will cover six web science aspects, one per day.

  • Introduction to Web Science explains Web Science as a discipline and teaches both methods and scope of web science. It makes students understand that the web is a complex system where technical and social aspects interact.
  • Computational Social Science demonstrates how methods of computer science are applied to the social sciences to find understand social phenomena with data from the web.
  • Social Machines investigates how the creative actions of people can be organised by computers in a way that complex tasks (which require cognition, intelligence or creativity) in are organised in large scale (e.g. in Crowd Computing).
  • Web and Politics covers the interrelation of citizens and government over the web as well as political processes that take place in the web.
  • Web Entrepreneurship teaches how the Web can successfully be used to build a start-up, be it as a service or to distribute new or existing products. Students will be able to develop and improve their own ideas and to evaluate existing concepts. Internet and Law focuses the Web as a system that expands over different countries with different legal regulations. Issues such as business law, media law, copyright law and information security will be covered.
  • Internet and Law focuses the Web as a system that expands over different countries with different legal regulations. Issues such as business law, media law, copyright law and information security will be covered. 


The Web Science Summer School 2016 will combine different formats on each day to create a diversified and stimulating learning experience.

  • Keynotes on each morning will give an impetus and introduce each day’s topic.
  • Tutorials during the days will provide detailed knowledge about the topics.
  • Supervised project work in the afternoons will be enable students to group together and pursue their interest in one of the summer school’s topics.


status as of 25 January 2016
Thu, 30.6. Introduction to Web Science Keynote (n.n.) Tutorial by Steffen Staaband Jérôme Kunegis Poster presentation by all participants Cocktails atcity beach
Fri, 1.7. Computational Social Science Keynote "Leveraging Web/Internet/Network Sciences (WINS) to address Grand Societal Challenges" by Noshir Contractor Tutorial by Markus Strohmaier and Claudia Wagner     Supervised project work free time
Sat, 2.7. Web Entrepreneurship Keynote "Social Entrepreneurship on the Web - Serlo's Mission to build a Wikipedia for Learning" by Simon Köhl Tutorial by Harald v. Kortzfleisch and Mario Schaarschmidt Supervised project work SummerUni event at camps Koblenz
Sun, 3.7. Excursion
Mon, 4.7. Internet and Law Keynote by Nikolaus Forgo Tutorial by Rüdiger Grimm Supervised project work free time
Tue, 5.7. Social Machines Keynote (n.n.) Tutorial by Elena Simperl Supervised project work barbecue at the river Rhine
Wed, 6.7. Web and Politics Keynote "Information Warfare on the Web in the Middle East" by Stéphane Bazan Tutorial by Maria Wimmer Presentation of the project work  


Who can attend?

The WSTNet Web Science Summer School 2016 is for PhD students from all over the world. Post-Docs and students doing their master's are also very welcome.

Primarily, you should take great interest in the Word Wide Web as a socio-technical system. It is not required to have profound knowledge in each topic, but you should be interested in the methodology and scope of the involved disciplines. After all, you will work in multidisciplinary project groups where everyone brings in his or her individual expertise. It is advantageous to have some very basic knowledge in computer science.

English language proficiency in listening and speaking is required (level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).


Registration will open soon.


Early bookings (until 15 April) will benefit from our early bird booking fee.

fee typebooking dateamount
early bird until 15 April € 200
regular 16 April to June 30 € 250

The fee includes

  • course fee for participation in the keynotes, tutorials and project work, 
  • lunch on all days (except for the excursion),
  • coffee, tee and mineral water for morning and afternoon coffee breaks on all days (except for the excursion),
  • the conference kit including registration badge, participation certificate, programme, and a map of Koblenz.

Costs for the excursion and accommodation are not included. However, we blocked low-price beds in various hostels and hotels near the venue until April.

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