September 1-3, 2021
Brixen, Italy



The Summer School in Social Statistics, organized by the Department of Statistical Sciences of the University of Padova and by the Faculty of Education of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano is a 3-day school where young scholars will deal with two main subjects: the analysis of longitudinal data on university students' careers, and the use of online surveys with their advantages and limitations.

The School is addressed to students taking a master's degree in Statistical or Social Sciences , Ph.D. students, post-docs and researchers of universities, public and private research institutions in the early stages of their career or willing to depeen their preparation in the two subjects above.

In particular, the first topic concerns educational data. They are very important to understand how the school works concerning the "whole society" and its changes over time. The topic of this short course is the analysis of student careers in Italy at high school and University. Two strands will be proposed: the first is on the INVALSI data on the competencies' assessment on the high school students; the second follows two directions: the university careers in terms of getting a degree or dropping out and the analysis of students' mobility from the South of Italy to the Center North of Italy.

Regarding the second topic, researchers from different disciplines (political sciences, statistical methodology, demography, etc.) have started experimenting online surveys to collect samples of respondents. The advantages are the global coverage and timeliness of the approach, but there are limitations in terms of representativeness, ethics, and so on. The COVID-19 pandemic has also put a limit to face-to-face surveys. During school, experts in this field will present advantages, challenges, and strategies to overcome the limitations and problems of online surveys approaches. At the end of the school, the participants will be familiarised with online surveys, their advantages and limitations, and will be then able to use data from online surveys taking into account and addressing all potential sources of bias.

The Summer School in Social Statistics is supported by the Excellence Program "Statistical Methods and models for complex data" of the Department of Statistical Sciences of the University of Padova and by the Faculty of Education of Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. Registrations will close on 30 June 2021.

In case of impediments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school will be postponed.



September 1
09.00-09.15Opening Statement
09.15-11.00Hans-Peter Blossfeld (EU University)
The Educational Panel Study (NEPS) in Germany:
Some empirical examples of the analysis
of educational careers with longitudinal data
11.15-12.45Giorgio Bolondi (University of Bozen)
Large-scale assessment of learning in Italy:
where data come from, how they are collected, what they can say
14.30-15.30Marco Enea (University of Palermo)
The ANS archive of the Italian Ministry of University:
main features and potentialities
15.30-18.00Working groups
September 2
09.15-11.00Working groups' presentations and discussion
11.15-12.45Working groups' presentations and discussion
12.45-14.15 Lunch
14.15-15.15Opening Statement
Andrè Grow (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research)
Online Surveys: advantages, challenges and pratical considerations
15.30-17.00Andrew Mercer (Pew Research Center)
Approaches in weighting online samples (Online presentation)
September 3
9.00-10.00Francesco Rampazzo (University of Oxford)
How to run a Facebook Survey
10.00-10.45Emanuele del Fava (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research)
Post-stratification in Facebook surveys
11.15-12.45Working groups
14.30-16.00Working groups
A detailed program is available here.



The Summer School in Social Statistics will be held on September 1-3, 2021 at the "Casa della Gioventù" of the University of Padova sited in Brixen - Bressanone, Italy (via Rio Bianco, 6).
The school is free and complimentary lodging and lunches are provided to all participants (the school does not reimburse travel expenses and dinners). The selected participants have to bring their own laptop. Participants will be communicated the hotel where they will stay. Researchers will be fully managed by the organizing committee and participants do not have to anticipate nothing.

Casa della Gioventù


Keynote speakers

Hans-Peter Blossfeld is a former researcher at EU University Institute . His interests are life course research, social inequality, family, educational sociology, labor market research, demography, social stratification and mobility, the modern methods of quantitative social research and statistical methods for longitudinal data analysis. You can learn more about his activities here: Hans-Peter Blossfeld
Giorgio Bolondi is full professor at the University of Bozen. He is a former algebraic geometer. His current research interests are epistemology of mathematics education, mathematics teacher professional development, use of large-scale results in education. You can learn more about his activities here: Giorgio Bolondi
Marco Enea is Assistant Professor at the University of Palermo (UNIPA) and has a PhD in Statistics and Quantitative Finance. He is interested in statistical methods and models for social statistics, health statistics and biostatistics: competitive risks and multi-state models with applications on student mobility, liver-related diseases, covid-19 related diseases and overcrowding at emergency departments; meta-analysis and survival analysis, bivariate categorical responses regression models with applications in student performance, and agreement between prognostic scores; GLMMs, GAMMs, GAMLSSs (member of the GAMLSS Team). You can learn more about his activities here Marco Enea
Andrè Grow is a Research Scientist and Research Area Chair in the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. His research interests lie in agent-based computational modelling, digital demography, survey methodology, family sociology, and social stratification. You can learn more about his activities here: Andrè Grow
Andrew Mercer is a senior research methodologist at Pew Research Center. He is an expert or nonprobability survey methods, survey nonresponse and statistical analysis, and his research focuses on methods of identifying and correcting bias in survey samples, as well as on the use of machine learning for survey data. He leads the Center's research on nonprobability samples and co-authored several reports and publications on the subject. He also authored blog posts and analyses making methodological concepts such as margin of error and oversampling accessible to a general audience. He received a bachelor's degree in political science from Carleton College and master's and doctoral degrees in survey methodology from the University of Maryland. His research has been published in Public Opinion Quarterly and the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology.
Francesco Rampazzo is a Career Development Fellow in Marketing and consumer Demography at Said Business School, the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, and Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. He is completing a PhD in Social Statistics and Demography at the University of Southampton and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. Francesco is a demographer with a broad range of interests, which includes digital and computational demography with applications in fertility, migration and survey research. You can learn more about his activities here: Francesco Rampazzo
Emanuele Del Fava is currently a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Germany). He holds a PhD in Statistics from Hasselt University (Belgium), has a highly multidisciplinary research perspective (biostatistics, epidemiology, demography, and health economics) and interest in computational methods, Bayesian modelling, and data collection. His current research focuses on the statistical modeling of health-related data and international migration data. You can learn more about his activities here: Emanuele Del Fava


Submit your application by the 30 of June 2021. The selection of the candidates by the Scientific Commitee and the communication of the results will be within the 30 of July 2021. To apply, please complete the following registration form and upload the required documents.

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Organizing and Scientific Committee
Massimo Attanasio, University of Palermo
Giovanna Boccuzzo, University of Padova
Stefano Campostrini, University of Venice
Giulia Cavrini, University of Bolzano
Vincenzo Giuseppe Genova, University of Palermo
Silvia Meggiolaro, University of Padova
Francesco Rampazzo, University of Oxford
Manuela Scioni, University of Padova
Organizing Secretariat
Ilaria Bernardi, University of Padova
Valeria Cappelli, University of Padova
Paolo Scopelliti, University of Padova



Bressanone ("Brixen" in German) is a beautiful small town located in the heart of South Tyrol (in northern Italy). Bressanone is situated in a wide valley basin where the Eisack and Reinz rivers meet. It is the oldest town in the province, which served as a relaxing stopover for emperors on their travels.

Bressanone is distinguished by its mediaeval Gothic architecture. Here you can still breathe the atmosphere of an academic, theological tradition that has lasted for centuries and the city also houses a branch of the University of Padua . The city center offers a compelling mix of joie-de-vivre and cultural attractions. The mild climate of the Isarco valley helps vineyards and fruit orchards flourish, and when you travel just beyond the city you will encounter georgeous vistas and refreshing experiences in the world of nature.

In September, the climate in the Bressanone area is usually mild and sunny with temperatures ranging between 18°C and 25°C.