October 2018

GESS Open Day October 26, 2018

We are delighted to invite all students who are interested in business, economics or social sciences to our Open Day on October 26, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Mannheim

Find out more about our doctoral programs and how studying with us can benefit you. Visit the graduate school and its team, meet our professors and current doctoral students.
For more information and registration please click here


We cordially welcome the second cohort of Ph.D. Candidates at our Research Training Group SMiP
(unfortunately two are missing on this picture).


September 2018

Dr. Lale Khorramdel, 

from the Educational Testing Service Princeton
, will give a lecture at the research colloquium at the Chair for Research Methods and Psychological Assessment (Prof. Dr. Thorsten Meiser)

on September 21, 2018

at 1.45 - 3.15 pm

in Schloss EO 242, University of Mannheim

The lecture will be held in cooperation with the DFG-funded doctoral program "Statistical Modeling in Psychology" (SMiP).
Title: Increasing the comparability and validity of non-cognitive constructs in international large-scale assessments:
         Accounting for response styles"


The Summer Retreat 2018 took place on September 7th / 8th. Nearly all members of the Research Training Group SMiP attended the meeting. As external guest we welcomed our Mercator Fellow Jeffrey Rouder (University of California, Irvine)


July 2018

We are excited to cooperate with the Interuniversity Graduate School of Psychometrics and Sociometrics (IOPS). IOPS is an institute for the advanced dissertation training in psychometrics and sociometrics; it also coordinates the high-quality research in this area.

Participating universities are:
•Leiden University
•University of Amsterdam (UvA)
•University of Groningen
•Twente University
•Tilburg University
•Utrecht University
•KU Leuven

Participating research institutes:
•CITO (National Institute of Educational Measurement)
•CBS (Statistics Netherlands)

IOPS will open courses for SMiP members to particpate in and SMiP will do so for IOPS members (for more information see here).


The new cohort of PhD Students is complete now. We will welcome the 12 new PhD Students in October 2018 in our Research Training Group and even sooner at our Summer Retreat.

Congratulations to all successful applicants!

You can find more information on the new cohort 2018 here.


June 2018

The qualification program for the fall winter semester is online!

We will finally welcome our Mercator Fellow Jeffrey Rouder and have invited excellent external instructors: Trisha van Zandt (Ohio State University) and Henrik Singmann (University of Zurich), who will give workshops at our Research Training Group.


May 2018

The new European Basic Data Protection Regulation entered into force on May 25, 2018.

For more information concerning data protection at the University of Mannheim please click here:



April 2018

The second semester at the Research Training Group SMiP just started. During this semester, the principal researchers teach advanced core courses concerning different model families, different skill trainings are offered, and Daniel Heck as well as external guests offer interesting workshops.

The application phase for the October 2018 intake closes on April 30th. We are looking forward to welcoming the new cohort!


February 2018

Application is open for the Ph.D. Cohort 2018 (starting October 2018). We are looking forward to your applications!!!

The Winter Retreat 2017 / 2018 took place on February 17th / 18th. All members of the Research Training Group SMiP attended the meeting. As external guest we welcomed Daniel Bernstein (Kwantlen Polytechnic University).


January 2018

    At January, the 12th, the last teaching activity for the fall / winter semester 2017 took place. Now we are looking forward to our winter retreat in February. Here, we will welcome Dan Bernstein (Kwantlen Polytechnic University) as external guest and Eunike Wetzel (University of Mannheim, Assistant Professor for Psychological Diagnostics with emphasis on Testing Theory).


    December 2017

      The new program for the Spring/Summer Semester 2018 is now available online.

        The SMiP Equal Opportunities Commission meets for the first time. The SMiP Research Training Group supports parents among the Ph.D. Candidates by furnishing a parent-child-office and providing a laptop for working from home.


        October 2017

            At the SMiP Kickoff Meeting (Mannheim, 20.10.2017) the newly established Research Training Group meets for the first time. The Ph.D. Candidates introduce themselves and their research plans, but also the SMiP researchers talk about their favorite piece of research, their favorite research tool, and their motivation for SMiP. Now we are ready to start off!

              The first cohort of Ph.D. Candidates starts at the newly established Research Training Group SMiP.