Second International Summer School on
Computer Supported Cooperative Work: Foundations, Methods and Technologies

22-26 August 2016

Villa del Grumello – Lake Como School Of Advanced Studies Centro di Cultura Scientifica “Alessandro Volta”, Como (Italy)

Under the auspices of the European Society for Social Embedded Technologies.


Myriam Lewcowicz (Troyes University of Technology – France)
Carla Simone (University of Milano Bicocca – Italy)
Ina Wagner (Vienna University of Technology – Austria)
Volker Wulf (University of Siegen – Germany)

Important dates

  • May 8th, 2016: deadline for pre-registration. The pre-registration form is available here.  
  • May 15th, 2016: notification of acceptance.                                            
  • July, 10th, 2016: deadline for registration. Registration link

Aims and scope

After the introduction of the acronym CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work) in the late 1980’ the themes connected with the understanding of how collaboration is managed in different work settings and with the design of the information and communication technologies supporting collaboration have become pervasive in many scientific, business and social discourses. The constant growth of the application domains where the CSCW themes can inform both social studies and technology design asks for a continuous elaboration of the theoretical foundations of the underpinning disciplines through a reflection on the outcomes of the field studies, on the methods applied in the social and technological investigations and on the impact of the technologies on the settings in which they are deployed. The combination of these three perspectives should be the patrimony of any researcher who wants to grasp the complex and subtle issues that are involved in the CSCW research area.

To whom

The school offers to the young researchers (PhD or post-doc) an opportunity to become aware of the challenges characterizing the CSCW research. The interaction among the participants (both teachers and students) will promote the generation of new ideas and their confrontation with the experiences they have acquired in their field research.
The students are expected to have a positive attitude toward action research and to be familiar with the basic CSCW literature: some indications will be given prior to the school start to create a prospective background of reference.
The school will release a certificate that can be used to acquire 7.5 ECTS upon the approval of the outcomes of their group work activities.

Programm of the School


The location

The school will be held in the facilities offered by the Centro di Cultura Scientifica “Alessandro Volta”, Como (Italy), and specifically at Villa del Grumello, a nice villa close to Como: the center of the town can be reached in a ten minutes walk along the border of the lake.

The participants are normally hosted in the bedrooms of the villa from Sunday night: a convention with some hotels in Como allows for alternative solutions if necessary. There will be a WIFI connection: additional information about the available facilities and the registration modalities will be given later on.


700 € including accomodation starting from Sunday 21st August at Villa del Grumello in double or quad rooms, breakfasts, lunches and school materials (it is possible to add the extra night of Friday 26th August, at an additional 50 €). Single accomodation requests will be subjected to different fares and locations.


International applicants might need a visiting student visa to come to Italy. Information about the required documents are available at the “Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs” following this link. The request of a School Invitation Letter should be sent to the request must contain all the necessary information along with a digitized copy of the identification page of the student passport (with name and photo).

Local organization

Angela Locoro and Federico Cabitza (University of Milano-Bicocca), and Carla Simone (University of Siegen)


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