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Max Planck Spring School on Quantitative Methods, 8-14 May 2017


Date: 9 January 2017

One of our partners, the Max Planck Institute has announced another Spring School on Quantitative Methods at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. The recently-opened Institute is located in Jena, Germany.

Running from May 8th to 14th, the seven-day residential intensive course will be open to postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. The course is aimed at researchers whose projects concern cultural and linguistic evolution, and they welcome applications from scholars in anthropology, linguistics, and other relevant disciplines. Attendees will be tutored by researchers who are expert users of a range of relevant methods and skills, including: 

  • Databases and software pipelines 
  • Phylogenetic inference and phylogenetic comparative methods
  • A range of statistics relevant for linguistic and cultural data
  • Visualisation
  • Asking good research questions

Attendees will benefit from a highly interactive mixture of theoretical and conceptual material, practical hands-on exercises, and the chance to workshop their own research project and data with a varied group of experts. 

Only 15 places are available as the Spring School is residential at the MPI-SHH in Jena, Germany, and all on-site accommodation and economy travel will be fully-funded. Places are therefore competitive by application and they particularly encourage applications from qualified students at institutions in low- and middle-income countries. Attendees will benefit from both the skills of tutors and their wide range of collaborative ties across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The Spring School will also feature guest plenary lectures, tailored micro-sessions, group work, and numerous opportunities to socialise and network with fellow attendees, tutors, and researchers at the MPI-SHH.

Further information, including the application form, is at the MPI-SHH website: Applications close January 20th. Any informal enquiries to the Spring School Directors should be sent via Kerstin Schück-Tittmann (

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