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Training & Education

CWTS offers a diversity of courses, ranging from a minor program and an honors course for BSc students to a scientometric summer school for PhD candidates and various scientometric courses for professionals. Most courses are organized in Leiden, but we are also pleased to organize tailor-made on-site training courses.

Measuring Science and Research Performance

This course is for everyone who wants to build a solid and comprehensive foundation in bibliometrics and research evaluation. This popular course was established ten years ago and is given by highly experienced scientists who have in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of all the latest developments in the field. The course provides a solid understanding of the role played by quantitative analyses in research evaluation. The core of the course is devoted to bibliometric analysis approaches and examines their rationales, methodology and limitations. The programme offers both lectures and hands-on interactive modules.

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Responsible Metrics for Research Evaluation

Discussions about responsible use of metrics in research management and research evaluation receive widespread attention. There is a lot of interest in statements such as DORA and the Leiden Manifesto. This course provides a thorough understanding of the key topics discussed in the responsible metrics debate. The course draws extensively on the practical experience of the lecturers and on state-of-the-art insights from the scholarly literature.

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Visualizing Science Using VOSviewer

The aim of this course is to give the participants a thorough introduction into science mapping, with a special emphasis on the VOSviewer software developed at Leiden University’s Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS). Participants are introduced into the main techniques for visualizing science. Special attention is paid to applications in a research evaluation and research management context.

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Tailor-made Training Courses

With our tailor-made training program, clients choose the course that is right for them. The course will meet your organization's requirements in terms of content and service level. Almost anything is possible here.

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Minor Science and Technology in Society

Why do scholars write books? Do patents contribute to societal progress? Is it possible to measure scientific production? How high is the pressure to perform at universities? Why are statistical methods so highly regarded? Is science a-cultural or is it a thoroughly social institution? How can students, lecturers and other members of universities meaningfully contribute to discussions about scientific integrity and fraud?

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Master & PhD Thesis Supervision

CWTS staff members regularly supervise PhD theses and act as external Ma-thesis advisors. We offer a range of topics for students from several disciplines interested in science studies, research evaluation, bibliometrics, altmetrics, higher education studies, innovation studies, organizational sociology, and science policy.

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CWTS Scientometrics Summer School

CWTS offers unique opportunities for doctoral training in scientometrics through its summer school. Although it focuses on scientometrics, it also places the study of science within a broader theoretical perspective. At the same time, participants are introduced to practical applications in interactive sessions. The summer school also critically examines the role of scientometrics in the research system.

The broad coverage of topics ensures that participants in the summer school get a good overview of the field. The summer school is highly relevant to students pursuing a doctoral degree in scientometrics, but also to students from other fields who want to make use of scientometric methods in their research.

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