5th International Summer School
FINAL REPORT on contract No. ERBFMMACT960165Title of Contract: Summer Schools on Social Representations and Communication
Title of 3rd EVENT (Rome, Italy - 5th-11st June 1999): "Developing European Doctoral Training"
Name of the scientific co-ordinator: prof. Annamaria Silvana de Rosa
Address: Dipartimento di Psicologia dei processi di sviluppo e socializzazione
Date of the Report: July 1999
The annual International Summer School on "Social Representations and Communication" is the most intensive didactic stage for participants in the European PhD on Social Representations and Communication. Its new advanced curriculum has been approved by DGXXII SOCRATES and formally recognised by the University of Rome "La Sapienza", Helsinki University and I.S.C.T.E. in Lisbon. It is supported by Erasmus-Socrates, the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris and the EuroPACE network, which deals with telematic applications for open distance learning.
In accordance with the main purposes of both the T.M.R. and SOCRATES programmes co-ordinated by the University of Rome "La Sapienza" - approved by the DGXII (contract no. ERBFMMACT 960165) and by DGXXII (IC 29415-IC-1-98-IT-ERASMUS-1) - the International Summer Schools were aimed to promote the European dimension of higher education by offering academic research training in an international setting. They have been characterised by intensive formal and informal exchanges between teachers from different European scientific laboratories and a small number of PhD students and young researchers from different countries, some from outside Europe.
The general aims of the summer schools on "Social Representations and Communication", which took place over a period of several years, were as follows:
a) to give participants the chance to deepen their knowledge of the theory, methodology and application of the Social Representations paradigm, working with people from other Universities in a multinational setting and availing themselves of the experiences of an international team of experts in their particular field of study
b) to involve participants in different learning sessions so that they are not merely "onlookers" but drawn in to the learning method, sharing what they have learned from training in their native land
c) to monitor the advanced training of the EU PhD students - principally by training through research and trans-national mobility and co-operation - and develop joint criteria of evaluation which can gradually set "European standards" for and beyond research
d) to take advantage of the meeting of invited experts to enrich teaching methods in the international arena; as teachers of a sort of "extended European Faculty" the teaching team will be encouraged to meet for a "joint didactic exchange" with a new generation of researchers from different nations
The 5th International Summer School on "Social Representations and Communication" has developed the successful intensive programmes of the 1995 summer school on "Everyday thinking, Social Representations and Communication" held in Finland (Lahti), the 1996 summer school on "Multiple strategies in the investigation of Social Representations" held in France (Aix-en-Provence), the 1997 summer school on "Social Representation Theory: historical roots, articulation and development" held in Portugal (Lisbon) and the 1998 summer school on "The theory towards applications" held in the Spain-Basque country (San Sebastian).
In line with the long term planning for these scientific events, the 5th International Summer School, entitled "Developing European Doctoral Training", has been dedicated to the presentation of research reports by Eu PhD students enrolled in the European doctoral programme on Social Representations and Communication, like an intermediate step in view of the final evaluation.
The opening plenary session entitled "Building European Post-graduate Curricula: scientific, administrative and institutional implications", was aimed to address the above issue in a practical way from several points of view (scientific, administrative and institutional) and with regard to several institutional scenarios (University, Ministry, European Union). The session, introduced by the Rector and representatives of the University of Rome "La Sapienza", included contributions by the Rectors of other European Universities participating in the European PhD on Social Representations and Communication, the Head of the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme de Paris and the President of EuroPACE 2000. The session has been concluded by representative members of the Italian Ministry for the University and Scientific Research and of the European Commission DGXII (T.M.R.) and DGXXII (Socrates).
Monday 7th June 1999 was a very special day. It began with the ceremony for the laurea ad honorem to be conferred on Serge Moscovici, programme director of the European PhD on Social Representations and Communication, by the University of Rome "La Sapienza".
In the afternoon after the above mentioned opening plenary session - an interesting meeting reserved to all the teaching staff of the EUPh.D network - with the participation of the Rectors of the partner Universities and the representative members of the European Commission DGXII (T.M.R.) and DGXXII (Socrates) was the occasion for discussing some of the Key points in the agenda: future institutional developments, co-funding policy, new co-operative actions within the 5th EU framework programmes.
The scientific structure of the 5th International Summer School was maintained as announced and as follows:
Taking advantage by the extended publicity of the scientific event pursued by means of several strategies and addressed to several lists of potential audience, the process of selection of the candidates was very competitive.
Finally - among the accepted 38 young social psychologists - in total 31 doctoral young researchers or confirmed researchers coming from 16 countries not only in Europe - both from EU member States (Austria, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, U.K.) and not-EU member States (Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, Russia) - but also out of Europe (Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala) confirmed their participation. 9 of them were participants regularly enrolled into the European PhD on S.R; & C. and 20 of them (65%) were in the condition to be supported by T.M.R. on the basis of their age and nationality. Most of them were younger that 35, but it was also significant to accept contribution by older training researcher in a longer life span and continuous education perspective. The majority of the participants (71%) were female, reversing the dominance of the male among the teaching staff, where only 27% were female.
Twenty teachers - coming from several Universities and research-centres spread over eight European countries (Austria, Finland, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, U.K.) and out of Europe (Israel) - all of them very famous experts in the area, including the founder of the theory of Social Representation, Serge Moscovici and his leading scholars member of the EU PhD network, besides the invited experts out of the EU PhD network - represented an exclusive teaching staff and an exceptional didactic resource.
As testified by the very enthusiastic comments filled in the evaluation forms by the participants at the end of the event, the 5th International Summer School on Social Representations and Communication was very successful - as the previous ones - thanks to:
By looking at the last as the previous events the impact was extraordinary not only on the participants (both in the role of the young researchers and the teaching staff), but also on the institutions directly or indirectly involved . The very positive evaluation of the events by the participants played a role of exponential diffusion of interest for the European PhD on S.R. & C; and it worked as a parabola effect for other disciplinary areas and fields.
This outcome encouraged our network to plan future developments and further concerted actions within the 5th framework programme. In particular:
Multi-media didactic materials based on video courses produced for the Summer School will soon be available on CD-rom and distributed to all the participants into the three scientific events.
A book, entitled "Social Representations in the social arena: the theory towards applications" will be published by Servicio Editorial University of Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain.