Fifth International Summer School on Computer Supported Cooperative Work

23-27 August 2021, Como, Italy.


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.

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.


The course will present central themes, methods and discussions within CSCW by experienced scholars in conversations with participants.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday


Intro to CSCW (Kjeld Schmidt)

(Dave Randall; Nina Boulus-Rødje)
Lesson learned toward technology design
(Carla Simone)
Design (Antonella de Angeli) Theory
(Ina Wagner)
Project presentations (Participants) Participatory Design
(Claus Bossen)
(Luigina Ciolfi)

All days start at 9am and finish at 5pm.

Participants should expect to read up to two papers for each theme, engage in reflective conversations and activities during the course, as well as and complete a number of assignments before or during the course (All to be specified after acceptance)

Important dates

  • Application deadline: May 14, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: May 21, 2021
  • Registration deadline: June 30, 2021

Credits: 7,5 ECTS


The summer school will be held onsite, in Como (Italy), following the local and national requirements of your own departure country and Italy (e.g., tests, vaccination, COVID-19 passport, etc.).  We are committed to comply to COVID-19 regulations and follow the necessary precautions to ensure a safe environment. 

The summer school will be held at the Villa del Grumello, a nice villa close to Como, Italy. The center of the town can be reached in a ten-minute walk along the border of the lake.

If the current situation with COVID-19 does not permit us to hold the school onsite, it will be held online. The summer school will refund registration fees; however, it does not take responsibility for refunding lodging outside the villa (see Accommodation section below).


  • Antonella di Angeli (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano – Italy)
  • Claus Bossen (Aarhus University – Denmark)
  • Nina Boulus-Rødje (Roskilde University – Denmark)


The registration fee for the course is 350€ not including accommodation, travel etc.


Please provide a document that includes one to two pages of CV and one page that includes your PhD or research topic, your research approach, and why you want to participate at the summer school. Deadline May, 2021 (the specific date will be provided in late April, when the situation with covid-10 hopefully is more clear). Please send it to:


A list of recommended accommodation will be provided later, however, participants may choose accommodation as they see fit.


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).


For any information about the school please contact:


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