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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. Next to that CWTS offers various courses for professionals. Courses are organized either on- or offline.

Courses for professionals

For over a decade now CWTS offers courses for professionals, including librarians and research policy staff. The courses provide participants with a thorough understanding of citation analysis, bibliometric visualization and other scientometric tools and focus on responsible use in research evaluation and governance.

New course program

We are rethinking and redesigning our course program for professionals, especially our courses dedicated to bibliometrics and scientometrics for research evaluation. We expect to announce our new program in the first half of 2022.


If you have questions or suggestions regarding our new course program, or if you consider a tailor made course, please contact Leonie van Drooge at l.h.a.van.drooge@cwts.leidenuniv.nl.

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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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