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12th Jena Summer Academy

The Graduate College DFG-RTG 1411 'The Economics of Innovative Change' (GSBC-EIC) at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the International Max Planck School on Uncertainty jointly organize the 12th Summer Academy on 'Innovation and Uncertainty'. The Academy will last from 'July 22th to August 4th 2018' in Jena and will be hosted by the Friedrich Schiller University and the International Max Planck School on Uncertainty. During the past editions, the Summer Academy on ‘Innovation and Uncertainty’ has proved to be one of the most inspiring gathering worldwide for what concerns the novel fields of economic research related to innovation, evolution, uncertainty and experimental analysis. Over the years, the most important scholars provided the participants with outstanding lectures at the very frontier of scientific research.

The aim of the Summer Academy is to create an environment that brings senior researchers and PhD students closer together, supporting and promoting the start of new projects, studies and unique collaborations. Therefore, it represents the best occasion for young researchers to experience a fascinating “guided tour” to high quality research.

The Summer Academy consists of two parallel Summer Schools, one organized by the GSBC-EIC and one by the IMPRS-Uncertainty. The GSBC-EIC Summer School will last for 2 weeks. All lectures and courses of invited speakers are planned Monday through Friday. The weekends are reserved for social events and keynote speakers. The enrolled students are expected to attend the full programme in both weeks. The IMPRS Uncertainty Summer School will take place in parallel to the GSBC-EIC Summer School. This gives the students an opportunity to sometimes choose between the courses of the two schools (also attending courses devoted to behavioral economics and experimental design). Just like in the past eight years, the IMPRS Summer School will continue in the second and third week of August to cover a number of specific topics related to how subjects behave under fundamental uncertainty.

Confirmed speakers are:

- Isabel Almudi (University of Zaragoza)
- Uwe Cantner (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)
- Jakob Edler (University of Manchester)
- Maximilian Goethner (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)
- Özgür Gürerk (RWTH Aachen University)
- Oliver Kirchkamp (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)
- Sergio Mittlaender (MPI for Social Law and Social Policy)
- Ingrid Ott (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
- Bettina Peters (ZEW Mannheim)
- Klaus Schmidt (University of Munich)
- Raffaello Seri (University of Varese)

Confirmed courses are:

- Workflow of Statistical Data Analysis
- Industrial Dynamics, Catch-up Processes and Industrial Policy
- Economic Analysis of Contract Law
- Entrepreneurship
- Economic Methods of Program Evaluation
- Rationales and models for modern innovation policy

We are happy to invite outstanding PhD students from all over the world to participate to the Summer Academy, together with the doctoral students belonging to the Jena Graduate Schools. The guest PhDs will benefit from - our exceptional learning environment that so far trained more than 100 PhD students to the highest research standards - a close contact to international scholars, to be enjoyed in the incredible atmosphere of Jena, the City of Light, - conceptualizing new research ideas together with our PhDs and faculty.

If you are interested, please apply by sending your CV and motivation letter (explaining why you are interested in our Summer Academy and how it shall benefit your research) to Tina Wolf (tina.wolf@uni-jena.de) until 15th of May latest (earlier applications are also very much welcome).

The schedule is now online:

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