A Joint Programme of Friedrich Schiller University and the Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena
7th Jena Summer Academy

The Graduate College DFG-RTG 1411 'The Economics of Innovative Change' (GSBC-EIC) at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Max Planck Institute of Economics jointly organize the 7th Summer Academy on 'Innovation and Uncertainty'. The Summer Academy will last from July 14th to July 28th 2013 in Jena.

The Summer Academy consists of two parallel Summer Schools, one designed by the GSBC-EIC and one by the IMPRS-Uncertainty. This year’s topics of the GSBC-EIC Summer School shall include: industrial economics, heterogeneous agent modeling, environment and innovation, evolutionary demand theory and innovation, innovation policy, experimental economics, economics of patent data, social psychology and group behavior.

Already confirmed speakers are:
- Mikhail Anufriev (University of Technology Sydney)
- Andreas Chai (Griffith University)
- Tommaso Ciarli (University of Sussex)
- Gerd Gigerenzer (Max Planck Institute for Human Development)
- Dietmar Harhoff (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
- Christine Jolls (Yale University)
- Thomas Kessler (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)
- Oliver Kirchkamp (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)
- Mike Scherer (Harvard University)
- Klaus Wälde (University of Mainz)

The aim of the summer academy is to create an environment that brings senior researchers and PhD students closer together. This way the PhD students can become familiarized with some of the most current topics and research questions in the field of innovation research. It creates a platform where students present their work in progress in front of other peers and experts, and where they can gain personal advice from senior researchers. Another prominent feature of the summer school design is the group work which has successfully stimulated research ideas and new collaborations among the PhD students in the last year.
The summer school lasts for 2 weeks. All lectures of invited speakers are planned Monday through Friday, while the weekends are reserved for social events and keynote speakers. The enrolled students are expected to attend the full programme in both weeks. Most of the invited speakers will give between 3 and 6 lectures where they will present the cutting edge research of their field of competence. The lectures will be followed by a discussion from the side of the PhD students. Each student will be given a time slot to present her own research project. For external students this is the project submitted with their application (please read below). At the end of the summer school each student will be gain a certificate that acknowledges the participation at the summer school.

The IMPRS Uncertainty Summer School takes 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. Just like in the last six years, the IMPRS Summer School will continue in the second and the third week of August to cover a number of specific topics related to how subjects behave under fundamental uncertainty.

Besides hosting our own PhD students, we are happy to invite outstanding PhD students from all over the world. The guest PhDs benefit from
- our exceptional learning environment,
- a close contact to international scholars,
- conceptualizing new research ideas together with our PhDs and faculty and
- presenting and discussing their own science on front of a large audience.

To ensure an excellent learning environment, participation is limited to 10 - 15 exceptional graduate students from around the world.

The summer school program as iCal

The summer school program as iCal for Mozilla Sunbird

Program 1st week

Program 2nd week

Course and JERW Materials

Course Material

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