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Practical details (for accepted participants)

  • Details on these pages (e.g. room numbers) will be updated as the Summer School approaches. Please check before leaving for Lugano.

Summer School Location

All workshops and other Summer School related activities will be held at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Lugano Campus, Centrocivico, Via Giuseppe Buffi 13, CH-6900 Lugano.

Click here to find information on how to get there. There is also a fully clickable map on the Website of the City of Lugano and here is a link to google maps. The main building is number 1 (“Edificio Principale”) on the campus map (Facoltà di Scienze economiche e di Scienze della comunicazione). [Annotated aerial view of the Lugano Campus].

When you arrive at the University…

When you arrive at the University main building, you should go directly to your workshop’s teaching room; there is no formal registration.  Teaching rooms will be signposted at the entrance of the main building.

Your instructor will give you a sheet with further information, as well as directions on how to use the computing facilities. There will be a welcome reception on Monday evening.

Teaching rooms

Preliminary workshop

The SPSS/Statistics Refresher will be held in room 156 (computer lab in the main building), located on the first floor. When you walk into the building through the main entrance you will be on the second floor: take the stairs down, turn left and then, in the central corridor, turn right; you will find lab 156 some 50m down the hallway on your left. (It has two entrances, take the second as the first is locked).
Alternatively, you can take the side-entrance, located some 50 meters to the left of the main entrance; then within the building, turn left.

Regular workshops

All teaching rooms are located in the Informatics building behind the main building. (Number 4 on this map). Enter the main building from Via Buffi, take the stairs down, exit the building (open space below the cafeteria), then enter the building to your left. All teaching rooms are on the ground floor and will be sign-posted.

First week: 20th to 24th of August
Bell Multilevel Analysis SI 004
Mengis/Lobinger Visual Data and Visual Methods for the Social Sciences SI 007
Bergman Qualitative Interviewing SI 006
Kernbach Design Thinking and Visual Thinking for research SI 008
Horber Statistical Tools for Social Scientists SI 003
Second week: 27th to 31th of August
Estes Experimental Design and Analysis (ANOVA) SI 008
Schmidt/Davidov Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) SI 003
Mottier Discourse Theory and Analysis SI 006
Roberts Survey Methods SI 007
Lipps/Kuhn Introduction to Panel Data Analysis SI 003

Events and Schedules

  1. Friday, August 17, 10h00-18h: Preliminary workshops (day 1)
  2. Saturday, August 18, 8h30-18h: Preliminary workshops (day 2)
  3. August 20 – 24 (Monday through Friday): 8h30-18h00: Workshops Week 1
  4. Monday, August 20, 17 h 30: Opening reception (1st week)
  5. August 27 – 31 (Monday through Friday): 8h30-18h00: Workshops Week 2
  6. Monday, August 27, 17 h 30: Opening reception (2nd week)

Daily schedules are specific to each workshop; the instructor will inform you at the beginning of the workshop.

When to arrive, when to leave

As regular workshops start at 8 h 30 on Monday, you should arrive on Sunday evening; plan to leave on Saturday, unless you can reach home when leaving Lugano Friday, late afternoon. Preliminary workshops start at 10h00 on Friday.


If you need to reserve accommodation, see here for further information and advice on how to find a hotel or pension.

Travelling to Lugano

If you are travelling from a foreign country, you will find information on how to get to Lugano here.. If you wish to visit the area during the weekends between the workshops or before/after the Summer School, you will find some useful links here.


  • FORS (Mrs. Denise Bloch) takes care of the administration; she will be able to answer general questions about the Summer School. Send an e-mail to Denise.Bloch “at”
  • For questions regarding academic aspects of the Summer School, contact: Eugen.Horber “at”

Summer School Evaluation

After Summer School ends you will receive an e-mail, asking you to fill in an online evaluation questionnaire. Please help us make a better Summer School by filling it in. If you have suggestions, ideas etc for future Summer Schools please use the link provided on the home page and use the corresponding form to transmit them. If you prefer, you can also send an e-mail to the Summer School director. Thank you very much for your collaboration.