Multimedia and Distance Learning System
This time due to the technical requirement related to the statistical advanced training course the event is held at the European PhD. on Social Representations and Communication Multimedia Lab and Research Centre.
I hope that you will enjoy to spend ten days in the very heart of Rome, although for the first time we take the risk to welcome at the lab so high number of participants, very narrow compared the magnificent Castello Colonna in Genazzano, where we organised the previous four editions of the International Summer School.
First of all, I would like to express my great pleasure in welcoming all of you (invited professors, young research trainees and experienced researchers) who are taking part in this new edition of the International Summer School. I also wish to thank all the assistants who helped me in its preparation and the Highest Representative Authorities of La Sapienza University, who accepted to introduce the event and to take part in the Gala dinner organised as special event for the ceremony of the European Ph.D. on S.R. & C.. Title Award to Paszkal Kiss (from Hungary). He now belongs to the European Ph.D. Alumni network togheter with the other research trainees from Austria, Portugal, Italy, Finland who obtained the diploma.
This 11th Edition of the International Summer School belong to the new series of twelve International Lab Meetings, announced last year and finally approved by EC DG-Research under the Marie Curie Actions organised around the theme of Social Representations in Action and Construction in Media and Society.
The formula adopted for this new series of events is innovative compared previous ones for the following reasons:
Following the 2005 winter and spring sessions based on integrated on-line and face-to-face session, the third International lab meeting has required international physical mobility of both professors and all research trainees in order to attend the advanced training course at the European PhD. Research Centre and Multimedia Lab in Rome (Italy).
The 27 participants from 14 nationalities (Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden) include:
The invited professors from 4 nationality have been chosen:
Being organised immediately before the X International Conference on Facet Theory Conference (July 10-13) - www.action-m.com/ft2005), the 3rd International Lab Meeting held in Rome (July 2- 10, 2005) will offer opportunity to be exposed to the state of the art of the literature on Facet Theory research field which inspires the Hudap statistical package which participants will learn during this third event applying it on their own data files.
Facet Theory (FT) is a systematic and integrative approach, coordinating theory and research. As a design tool it includes experimental design and sample construction as special cases. Thus, FT comprises the universe of observations, the population of respondents, and the range of observations. It stratifies these universes by facets, integrating the design into a mapping sentence which guides item construction and formulation of hypotheses. Finally, particularly multivariate data analysis methods (such as SSA, POSAC, MSA) have been developed to test these hypotheses. Facet Theory has been successfully applied to a large number of research areas where it helped to discover and refine empirical laws.
I wish also to inform you that - simultaneously to the organisation of the 2005 winter, spring and summer sessions of the International Lab meetings - we developed the implementation of two important programs approved by the European Commission:
One of the main activities of the So.Re:Com Thematic network will be the organisation of the VIII International Conference on Social Representations, which will be held in Rome at the end of the August 2006 (26-31) immediately before the XII edition of the International Summer School (till 4th September 2006)
I hope that you will enjoy this 3rd international Lab meeting and that most of you will also attend the future events already in preparation:
Annamaria Silvana de Rosa
International Summer School Organiser
In your bag, which is in itself a "souvenir" produced specially for this occasion, you will find, together with a badge with your name, a folder including: