Social Science Methods for Natural Scientists

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This course has been postponed until 2016, dates to be confirmed

Research projects are increasingly interdisciplinary enterprises often with a strong emphasis on stakeholder participation and engagement. As a result natural scientists are being called upon to engage with a broader set of scientific and societal stakeholders and operate in new and challenging environments. In this changing professional context, gaining appropriate research skills is becoming a necessity.  

What this means in practice is finding new ways to collaborate, communicate, and engage with stakeholders (in our case fishers), managers and policy makers to broaden the knowledge base and increase the policy relevance of our work. As a result there is a need for targeted training in social science research methods for natural scientists.

By way of professional introduction to the topic, this course will provide 'hands on' guidance on the basics required to navigate this challenging landscape. Employing a participant-led 'learning by doing' approach the facilitators will guide the participants step by step through the basics of social science methods such as interviewing, participant observation, mapping etc., in a supportive and interactive process designed to develop confidence and capacities.

Background to the topic such as the epistemology and ontology of the social sciences and the underpinning social science theory will also be discussed where appropriate. The course is designed to be challenging, flexible and fun.

Learning outcome:

Through gaining new skills, participants will be better able to work effectively with stakeholders in (cooperative) research projects, as well as having a better appreciation of the strengths of social sciences in fisheries research.

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Venue: International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Copenhagen, Denmark

ICES Secretariat
H. C. Andersens Boulevard 44-46
DK 1553 Copenhagen V, Denmark
Tel: +45 3338 6700 · Fax: +45 3393 4215 ·


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750 Euros for ICES member country affiliated participants.

1.250 Euros for non-member country affiliated participants.


It is assumed that scientists have a natural science background, have or will have experience with working in cooperative research projects, working with stakeholders or are otherwise interested in learning more about social science methods in fisheries science. No knowledge of social science is required.​

Application Procedure:

Please use the on-line registration form

Application deadline: 1 September 2015


Academic level: Master, PhD, Lifelong Learning
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