Third International Summer School on Computer Supported Cooperative Work – Foundations, Methods and Technologies

27-31 August 2018

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 and the SIG CSCW of the German computer society, generously sponsored by Aarhus University.


Claus Bossen (Aarhus University – Denmark)
Alexander Richter (IT University Copenhagen – Denmark)
Ina Wagner (Vienna University of Technology – Austria)

Faculty: Claus Bossen, Luigina Ciolfi, Gunnar Ellingsen, Michael Koch, Myriam Lewkowicz, Claudia Müller, Volkmar Pipek, Dave Randall, Alexander Richter, Kjeld Schmidt, Gerhard Schwabe, Ina Wagner

Important dates
  • April 8th, 2018: Application deadline. See below.
  • April 15th, 2018: notification of acceptance.
  • June 30th, 2018: deadline for registration.

The CSCW Summer School provides young researchers (PhD or post-doc) with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of CSCW as a research field and community. 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 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. Students are required to have read the course material (15-20 papers) in advance and to complete pre-course assignments which includes preparing a poster presenting their research to be used on the afternoon of the first day.

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 collaborative work practices and the design of artefacts supporting collaboration have become pervasive in many scientific, business and social discourses. The domains in which CSCW can inform sociotechnical design are constantly growing and changing. This 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 practices they are made part of. The combination of these 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.

Program overview

27.8. Introduction
28.8. Field Studies
29.8. Designing Artifacts
30.8. Evaluation (Impact)
31.8. Theoretical Foundations & Writing

Please find a more detailed program here.
As part of the summer school there will be an afternoon or evening session on career development facilitated by Konstantinos Papangelis and Minha Lee.

Materials for the workshop will be available medio June.

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 hosted in the bedrooms of the villa. Additional information about the available facilities and the registration modalities will be given later on.
Information on how to get to Como


The fees of 700€ include accommodation starting from Sunday 27st August at Villa del Grumello in double or quad rooms, breakfasts, lunches and school materials. Single accommodation requests will be subject to different fares and locations. There is (limited) financial support for students who do not receive funding from their universities.


Please provide a document that includes one to two pages of CV and one page that includes your PhD topic, your research approach and why you want to participate at the summer school. Please send it to:
Now closed.


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. A request for 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 (University of Milano-Bicocca) and Carla Simone (University of Siegen)


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