Survey Participation Request – Help out a fellow researcher!

Please take this opportunity to help out a fellow researcher. We have all gotten to that point in our research where we just need a bit more data. Below we have pasted in the request from the students of Psychological Processing of Media at Temple University and Associate Professor Matthew Lombard.


Have you ever felt present in or connected to the people or things in a media experience like watching a movie or TV show, reading a book, playing a video, using Skype, etc.? We’re studying these and other common experiences with technology and would very much appreciate and value your help with a short survey. It’s online, completely anonymous and will take from 5 to 20 minutes. If you’re interested and willing, please click on the link below for more information and the survey.



Extended Deadline: Baku World Forum for Young Scientist

When: 26th – 31st May

Where: Baku, Azerbaijan

Application Deadline: 30th of April, 2014

The purpose of Baku World Science Forum is to bring together young scientists and researchers interested in the constant search of the proper reply to the new challenges, adequate and professional dialogue as well as new experience and new ideas. Furthermore, it aims to create suitable conditions for the performance of interdisciplinary research in the future and strengthen the existing young scientist networks in the world.

The main topic of the Forum is “New Challenges in the World Science: Joint Approaches of Young Scientists”. It was chosen, as emerging challenges require the adequate reaction to them and joint efforts in all spheres of our life. The Forum aims to define critical points of this approach and enrich them with new expertise, experience and ideas.




TALISMAN Summer School: Computer Programming for Social Scientists

When: July 21st – 27th, 2014

Where: University of Leeds

Application Deadline: 23rd of May, 2014

The TALISMAN node of the National Centre for Research Methods is pleased to offer a seven-day summer school on computer programming for social scientists. This hands-on school aims to bring social scientists without any programming experience to the point where they can program their own social science models and applications. It will provide a beginner’s-level introduction to computer programming using examples drawn from social science. It will also introduce key libraries, methodologies, and platforms available for social science programmers.

The emphasis for the school will be on practical, hands-on development of skills, each day building up core programming ideas. Students will learn the high-level programming language Java. Java was chosen because it is the most in-demand language in industry, and because people who learn the language should have no difficulty subsequently picking up other languages. Students will be introduced to general good practice in coding and other aspects of programming.

Practical work will include building up social science models. Practicals will centre on Agent-Based Modelling, as it is a powerful technique that is nevertheless relatively clear for beginners. However, the course will also introduce students to Spatial Microsimulation, a range of Artificial Intelligence techniques, and Scientific Visualisation. Days four and seven will be “hacking” workshops specifically for students to build their own software with advice from experienced staff.

We welcome applications from postgraduate students/researcher and academics.


Fees: £210 for postgraduate students/researchers and £420 for academic staff (Fees will include tuition, refreshments and lunches for the week. Travel and accommodation are not included in the fees).


For further information and to apply, please visit:

Computational Summer Institute 2014

When: 7th – 11th of July, 2014

Where: Annapolis, Maryland, USA

Application Deadline: 30th of April, 2014


The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), funded by a National Science Foundation grant to the University of Maryland, invites applications from small teams of researchers for a one-week Computational Institute on conducting data-driven, socio-environmental synthesis research.
The workshop will offer participants hands-on training in managing the lifecycle of their data and code with a focus on using open source tools, including R. Topics will include, but are not limited to:

– best practices and techniques for collaborative code development;
– developing and testing code for data management, modeling, and analysis; and
– visualizing and disseminating results.


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