FLAMES Summer School (FSS2015)

The next  FSS2015 will take place at Vrije Unversiteit Brussel, Campus Etterbeek, Pleinlaan 2 at 1000 Brussels from

September 14th – 25th 2015

Registration is now closed. It is no longer possible to register for the FLAMES Summer School.


FLAMES (Flanders Training Network for Methodology and Statistics) organizes a two-week Summer School aiming at providing practical methodological and statistical training to young researchers (particularly PhD students) from all disciplines.

After the success of the FLAMES Summer School in 2013 (at KULeuven) and 2014 (at UGent), and with the useful feedback of its participants, we will offer an even better experience, improving on both content and shape. Our program consists of 12 courses from which participants could choose. Each course emphasizes everyday research practice and seamlessly connects theory with hands-on exercises or lab sessions, focusing on various disciplines and software packages whenever possible. This year the FLAMES Summer School will take place at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Please find the directions to the VUB campus here. 


Course modules offered in week 1:

  • Module 1            Research Methodology
  • Module 2            Basic Parametric Statistics 
  • Module 3            Linear Regression
  • Module 4            Basic Nonparametric Statistics
  • Module 5            Basic Statistics for Linguistics
  • Module 6            Content Analysis with NVIVO

Course modules offered in week 2:

  • Module 7            Research Management 
  • Module 8            Multi-state models in R
  • Module 9            Factor Analysis
  • Module 10          Focus Groups: Theory and Practice 
  • Module 11          Multilevel analysis 
  • Module 12          Narrative analysis

The Summer School will also offer three lunchtime lectures and one afternoon closing lecture during the first week, all of which will be open to the public. During and in between sessions, participants have the opportunity to closely interact with instructors and other participants, making the most of this experience for their own research. Ties can further be strengthened at the social event.

Content information about the various modules can be found here. Note however that the first week is aimed at beginners such that no particular pre-requisits are needed. The second week is aimed at the experience user to further specialize their knowledge. Smooth access to the second week may be difficult for the unexperienced user even after following courses in week 1. For an overview of the programme, click here.

Why participate?

  • Intensive training by an international staff of highly competent instructors
  • Practically oriented with hand-on exercises and/or lab sessions
  • Focus on various software packages (SPSS, SAS, R, NVIVO)
  • Geared towards various disciplines
  • Connecting with international participants


Registration, booklet, hand out, coffee breaks, notification of attendance (lunch is not included).


Local organizers at VUB: Kurt Barbé, Karen François, Christy van Moorsel

Monday, September 14, 2015 - 09:00 to Friday, September 25, 2015 - 17:30