European / International Joint Ph.D. in
Social Representation and Communication

10th International Summer School - Announcement


10 th International Summer School

of the European PhD on

Social Representations & Communication

Colonna Castle, Genazzano – Rome (Italy)

24 th April -   3 rd May 2004

The 2004 International Summer School of the European Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication,
is entitled





Is it possible to change risk behaviour?


It is a part of the cycle of International   Summer Schools (2001-4) promoted by the Co-ordinator of the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication and supported by the European Commission (DGXII) under the High-Level Conferences (contract n° HPCF-CT-2001-00210), following the successful series of related scientific events held between 1995 and 2003.

Started in 2001 with a programme dedicated to   “Communication: Language, Representations, Interactions” and followed by the 2002 International High level Scientific Conference dedicated to “ The net and the Internet ” and in 2003 to “ Communication studies and Social Representations: a Theoretical and Methodological Dialogue through Research ”. the aims of this new cycle of International Summer Schools are:

  • to widen participants' knowledge of the theories, methodologies and applications of Communication Studies in relation to   the   Social Representations paradigm
  • to provide multidisciplinary and multi-methodological advanced research training for participants
  • to develop technological knowledge about communication and interaction   in ‘face to face', mediated and virtual contexts

•  to maintain the International Summer School's role as the leading European forum for state of the art research and research training in Social Representations and Communication studies.

The International Summer School's link with the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication ensures participation by young researchers from 13 partner Universities in the Euro PhD network in 8 different countries (A, CH, E, F, Fin, I, P, UK).    However, the programme is also open to post-graduate doctoral students from any country, not just the EU . As with previous Summer Schools, interaction between researchers of different nationalities from EU Member and Associated States will be encouraged, as well as the participation of a few researchers working outside Europe (mainly from Canada, Latin America and the USA). Beginning in 2001, as a Marie Curie Training Multi-Partner Organisation , including 8 partner Universities in 6 different European countries (E, F,   Fin, I, P, UK), participation in the International Summer Schools is also offered to Marie Curie Fellows as part of the training for the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication      Thanks to the approval of the Vinci   program,   participation is also offered free of charge to a few selected doctoral students from the Vinci   French-Italian Universities Network.

As regards scientific content , the 2004 International Summer School offers critical analysis and discussion of the relations between Communication, Media and Social Representations, developing a multidisciplinary theoretical framework and multi-methodological approach. Exemplary studies of different theoretical models will be presented looking at the added value when social psychological empirical research on communication is examined in the light of economic psychology, political psychology,   and science communication

Beside the participation of the teaching staff of the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication, internationally recognised scientists from North America and Latin America have been invited as guest lecturers. The International Summer School will also develop technological knowledge about communication with participation by leading experts from European Institutions. . A full, detailed programme will be soon available on our web site.

Invited speakers from outside the European Ph.D. network Country Institution Multi-Disciplinary Areas
Albert Pepitone USA University of Pennsylvania Social psychology
Celso Pereira de Sa Brasil University of Rio de Janeiro Social memory
Denize Cristina de Oliveira Brasil University of Rio de Janeiro Social Psychology
Hilda   Gambara Spain University Autonoma de Madrid Methodology


Teaching staff belonging the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication  network

Jean Claude Abric


University of Marseille-Aix

Social Psychology

Annamaria Silvana de Rosa


University of Rome “La Sapienza”

Social psychology and Media studies

Denise Jodelet



Social Psychology

Elisabeth Lage



Social psychology

Anna Maija Pirtilla Backmann


University of Helsinki

Epistemology of knowledge

Dario Paez


University of Basque Country – San Sebastian

Social psychology

Juan A. Perez Spain University of Valencia Experimental social psychology





Teaching staff belonging to the VINCI French-Italian network that belong to French and Italian Network partner institutions linked to the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication)
Lucy Baugnet
University of Picardie, Amiens
Political Psychology
Birgitta Orfali
University R. Descartes, Paris V
Political Psychology

International Summer School training adopts a successful integrated didactic structure in which important themes are discussed at individual, group and plenary levels. Face to face interaction will be integrated with virtual interaction with participants located at other university sites. The didactic structure is as follows: Plenary session (magisterial lectures produced in real time to be transmitted in streaming videos on the web)

  • Keynote lectures by internationally recognised scientists from outside the European PhD network and leading experts in Multi-Disciplinary Areas
  • Lectures by the teaching staff of the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication, to the Marie Curie Multi-Partner Organisation and the   Vinci French-Italian network
  • Presentation and evaluation of European PhD dissertation final reports by an International final Jury
  • Significant contributions by leading experts from European Institutions
Parallel thematic workshops and advanced research training sessions
  • Presentations relating to current projects of researchers and related interactive training session based on open discussion and critical feedback
  • Different types of computer mediated training sessions, both theoretical and methodological, relating to didactic use of the Euro PhD website and methodological skills.
Informal and dedicated meetings
  • Informal meetings among participants and teaching staff
  • Dedicated meetings among the European PhD and the Marie Curie Fellows, Tutors, Programme Director and Scientific Co-ordinator
  • A classical piano concert by the musician Leonardo Acone on the welcome day
  • Social dinners at the Hotel La Meridienne
  • An exhibition of Modern Art at the Colonna Castle in Genazzano
  • A whole free day in Rome , with the bus transfer from Palestrina to Rome and back arranged by the organiser
The 10 th International Summer School will be located at the magnificent Castle of Genazzano a remarkable example of Renaissance architecture formerly belonging to the noble Colonna family. The Castle has been provided   to the European PhD on Social Representations and Communication for its important scientific activities, such as the annual International Summer School by the Mayor of Genazzano in agreement with the Rector of the co-ordinating university, the University of   Rome   “La Sapienza”.   Genazzano ( ) is located about 45 km from Rome, on the top of a hill overlooking a beautiful landscape and is distinguished by the presence of interesting medieval ruins, works of art and the International Centre of Contemporary Art (CIAC) that is also located at the Colonna Castle.   Accommodation in comfortable single or shared rooms with private bathrooms is provided for participants and invited speakers at the Hotel La Meridienne at Palestrina, close to Genazzano. The fact that invited speakers and tutors will spend their time under the same roof with the other conference participants will facilitate informal communication and a friendly atmosphere, both for scientific activities at Castello Colonna and in the relaxing Hotel La Meridienne. Sports facilities are available. Use of the swimming pool is free of charge, while billiard, football, tennis courts and a game room are available at the user's expense.   A 35 hectare park with old chestnut trees and ancient springs surrounds the hotel. Phone and Internet connections are available in the hotel rooms upon request and at the user's expense. The organizers will arrange shuttle buses from the Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino Airport to and from Palestrina for the collective arrival and departure of participants, for social events and transportation between Colonna Castle and the Hotel La Meridienne.
Target Participants
  • Postgraduates, doctoral students and young researchers from all universities including those not belonging to the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication  network and   from outside Europe.   (Researchers, who are nationals of a member   or an Associated State, and active outside   Member   and Associated States at the time of the Event, can also apply for HLSC funding)
  • Doctoral students enrolled in the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication
  • European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication  Marie Curie Fellows
  • Postgraduates, preferably enrolled in national PhD courses or in team research programmes (introduced by one of the universities of the Socrates-Erasmus network or the European PhD Vinci network).
  • Participants in previous international summer schools
  • Young researchers from organisations, institutions, and public or private research centres interested in the topic.
The level will be rather advanced in specialised fields of Social Psychology, Sociology and Communication Studies (open to a multidisciplinary and multi-methodological approach) Number of participants No more than 50, selected on the basis of excellence and equal opportunity among male and female applicants. Conditions for Application
  • Application for the 10 th International Summer School
Applicants for the 10 th International Summer School are requested to send an application both by Internet and by fax with one signed copy printed from the website. The application form is available on:
  • Application for the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication

The entrance requirements for admission to the European doctoral programme, entrance procedures and application form (to be sent both by Internet and by fax with one signed copy) are availa ble on Internet at:

Students who intend to apply for the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication   can apply for a Marie Curie fellowship (from 3 to 12 months), which besides a monthly allowance during the stay abroad, also covers the Euro PhD registration fee.   Consult also: Besides Marie Curie fellowships, other 3 year grants funded by the University of Rome “La Sapienza” may be offered to one or two excellent candidates (of any country) selected on the basis of scientific merit and motivation to develop a co-operative research project proposed and led by the Scientific Co-ordinator of the Euro PhD. In this particular case the selection will include a personal interview and language test. 
Application forms should be transmitted directly by Internet.

Deadline for application is 20 March 2004
(Later applications will be considered if places are still available)

Selection of applicants
Selection of applicants – both for the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication and the 10 h International Summer School - will be carried out by the Euro PhD Executive Committee, including the Programme Director, the Co-ordinator and two representatives from the University of Helsinki and the I.S.C.T.E., who, along with the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, have recognised the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication since its beginning. 

Financial support
Is available for:

  • up to 100% for young researchers eligible for H.LS.C. funding. (see below): registration fees (both scientific fee and full accommodation cost for the item expenses included in the accommodation fee)
  • Among eligible applicants for H.LS.C. funding,   priority will be given to new candidates accepted in the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication  and for   students already enrolled in the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication,
  • If funds are available, other eligible applicants and other expenses (like travel costs) may be considered for funding. Applicants will be treated equally and selected on the basis of excellence.
  • Up to 50% of expenses related to the participation of invited keynote speakers/lecturers and scientific organisers, including scientific conference committee of all nationalities (travel and subsistence)
  • Travel and accommodation costs for those professors formally belonging to the European PhD network or linked with a Socrates bilateral agreement between University of Rome “La Sapienza” and the partner Institutions (in force for a. y. 2003-04) will be charged to Socrates Teaching Staff funds , directly allocated to those Institutions.
•  Expenses related to the organisation of the event (publicity, venue hire, training materials, translations, publications, event secretariat, production of digital videos for streaming diffusion via the Web, development of the web site for publicity for the event and for its didactic use, etc.)
  • We encourage the participation of French students and researchers (not eligible under the HLSC funding) to apply, as their participation can be supported by the “ Vinci ” mobility programme of the Italian-French University.

Eligibility criteria to apply for HLSC funding
To apply for HLSC funding   candidates should respond to the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Young researcher “Young researchers” are researchers up to an age limit of 35 years at the time of a particular Event As an exception to this standard rule, young researchers acting as organisers or invited keynote speakers/lecturers may use as reference date, the relevant deadline for proposal reception at the Commission. Allowance will be made for compulsory military or civil service (actual time spent in military or civil service) and childcare (maximum 2 years per child for the actual time spent off work).
  2. Citizenship (EU Member or Associated State) Young researchers are nationals of a Member or an Associated State and active inside a Member or an Associated State at the time of the Event. Associated States are: Bulgaria, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia.

Researchers of any age who are nationals of a Member or an Associated State, and active outside Member and Associated States at the time of the Event, can also apply for the HLSC funding.

Participation Fee   (for the participants not eligible for HLSC funding): 2.600 Euro

  • Scientific fee (including full conference participation): 1.500 EURO
  • Accommodation fee (flat rate including shared room with private bathroom, breakfast, coffee break, lunches, dinners and social events, collective transfer to and   from the airport and to and from the Colonna Castle Genazzano, sports facilities at the Hotel La Meridienne): 1.100 Euro
    To cover the full accommodation costs, the organisers will use other resources of the Euro PhD (such as the funds of “Internazionalizzazione” from the Italian Ministry for University, Scientific Research and Technology and of the “Vinci” programme from the Italian-French University) rather than those available for the eligible participants on the HLSC funds.

Because of the residential character of the event,   accommodation    necessarily will be at the Hotel booked by the organisers.   Thus, for candidates not eligible for the HSLC funding, participation fees (scientific and accommodation) should be paid together upon the confirmation of the applicant's selection.

For doctoral students enrolled in the European programme PhD, the participation fee is in addition to the registration fee.

The participation fee of candidates eligible for HLSC funds and Marie Curie fellows will be charged directly to the respective programme funds by the Co-ordinator of the programme.

Scientific co-ordinator of the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication and organiser of the   10 th International Summer School:

Prof. Annamaria Silvana de Rosa
European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication
Centre and Multimedia
Lab Piazza d'Ara Coeli, 1 – 00186 Rome (Italy)

Fax: + 39-06-69 294 280