On April, 6, SESL hosted a meeting with Professor Andrey Rostovtsev, Dr. Sci. in Physics and Mathematics and a co-founder of the Free Network Community Dissernet. The meeting was attended mostly by the bachelors of the Department of Sociology, and staff of the HSE and SESL.
The first meeting of the St Petersburg R User Group took place on March 28th. This group brings together experts who use the programming language R for statistical modelling in their research. The format of the meetings of the R User Group suggests that the community members propose potentially interesting topics for their presentations, and the meetings are mostly used for sharing findings and for networking. Even though Data Science is an area mostly for mathematicians, engineers and analysts, several HSE students and research assistants of SESL took part in the latest meeting.
Ingmar Bergman visited the HSE campus in St Petersburg on March 16th, 2015 at the SESL. He met with students and gave two lectures at both campuses, on Sedov Str. and Kantemirovskaya Str. His main goal was to tell the students about the new inter-disciplinary research field, Computational Social Science (CSS). CSS provides a link between the theoretical base of social sciences and computerized methods of analysis for quantitative data.
Tom Snijders, a well-known sociologist and statistician, Professor at the University of Oxford (UK), Emeritus Fellow of Nuffield Collegeand Professor at the University of Groningen, visited the St. Petersburg campus of the HSE and met with students and staff. By the SESL invitation, he visited the HSE building at Sedov Str. on Thursday, March 12, 2015.
Ksenia Tenisheva has recently returned from her two-week trip to Wuppertal.
Ksenia Tenisheva and Svetlana Savelieva have recently returned from ECER-2014, which was held in Porto (Portugal).
As usual, our laboratory went on a field trip this summer. We continued our studies of small towns. Last year, we selected one of the most successfully developing cities in the Leningrad region. This time, we went to an industrial town whose town-forming enterprise ceased to exist not long ago. Using this town as an example, we decided to examine what happens to the town in the process of its de-industrialization, and how the local residents organize themselves to solve their problems.
Between the 8th and 11th of June, the International Conference on Computational Social Science was held in Helsinki. The conference was organized by the Aalto University.
The SELS staff and the Department of Sociology students have attended an international colloquium on scientometrics, which took place in Helsinki (Finland).
This year, the Sunbelt XXXIV conference took place in Florida. From SELS, Vera Titkova, Daniel Alexandrov and Valeria Ivaniushina were in attendance.