Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis
The first Summer School at the University of Essex, held in 1967, was sponsored by UNESCO. Subsequent schools have been sponsored by the Nuffield Foundation, and, latterly, by the Department of Government, University of Essex and the European Consortium for Political Research.
The Summer School provides an opportunity for social scientists to make contact with professional social scientists from other countries. Besides classroom instruction and daily laboratory work, there are evening seminars on research topics of special interest. The terms of the original UNESCO grant to the school stipulated that participants be drawn from all over Europe. This tradition has been maintained and is now extended on a global scale. Since its founding, the Summer School has welcomed participants from almost all countries in the world.