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Training and workshops

Learn about training sessions for LSE researchers.

Our Research Support team organise a number of training sessions, both online and in-person, throughout the year. These sessions cover a range of information and tools you need to know as an LSE researcher.

Upcoming training and workshops

November 2022

Preparing Your Thesis for an Open Access Repository

Tuesday 22 November 2022, 1pm

This session will give you a helpful overview prior to submitting your PhD thesis to LSE Theses Online and making it open access. What do you need to know about using copyright material in your PhD thesis? How does making your PhD thesis available on LSETO benefit you? What are the implications for your publishing plans?

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Metadata and research: abstracts, keywords and research visibility

Thursday 24 November, 4pm to 6pm (CET)

What data can be best used to identify a piece of research? What data are most effective for its dissemination and retrieval during a web search? Starting with a brief examination of user search strategies by using some practical examples, the workshop focuses on the researcher's use of keywords and abstracts to effectively describe the content of his or her research in order to broaden and improve its dissemination and retrieval by potential users.

Those interested can register for this event, hosted by Bocconi University, on the CIVICA Research Open Science Eventbrite page.

Randomised controlled trials in schools: data protection to data reproducibility

Tuesday 29 November 2022, 12pm (CET)

Dr Martina Ferracane (EUI) and Dr Fiammetta Menchetti (University of Florence) will present the open science best practice from the randomised controlled trial (RCT) conducted by seven doctoral and post-doctoral researchers from the European University Institute and University of Florence in 2021-2022. The RCT involved around 1000 students from different high schools in Italy with the objective to measure the impact of certain creative digital course on students’ interest in STEM and on certain skills including creativity and grit. The webinar will focus first on the process implemented to data protection, including the protocol followed for data gathering and data processing with full respect of GDPR, and it will illustrate the steps needed for an objective and transparent data analysis. Finally, it will showcase how the data will be made available for reproducibility.

Those interested can register for this event, hosted by Sciences Po Paris, on the CIVICA Research Open Science Eventbrite page.

Getting Published in Journals

Wednesday 30 November 2022, 10am (GMT)

This workshop will introduce you to the journal publishing process and landscape. You will consider your motivations for publishing, learn how to choose and evaluate journals for your research and develop a publishing strategy for your next articles.

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December 2022

How can interview-based social science become more open?

Thursday 1 December 2022, 12 to 1pm CET

Implementing open social science (OSS) innovations focuses in large part on showing more of the concrete evidence that underpins analysis of findings and researchers’ conclusions and arguments. Many commentators have cast doubt on how far OSS approaches can be applied in qualitative research, suggesting that only limited openness can be achieved, especially where a large part of the evidence-base comes from qualitative interviews. Some forms of interviews aiming to recover the ’life-world’ of interviewees as a whole, and as they see it, may be feasible to do on a fully ‘on the record’ basis where archiving of whole transcripts or recordings is feasible with the permission of interviewees. By contrast, for elite and specialized interviewing and conversations are ‘off the record’, then transcripts and recordings cannot be archived or shared with other researchers. However, most such interviews are now conducted on a ‘non-attributable’ basis where direct quotations are allowed so long as they are completely anonymized. With care, it may be feasible to achieve non-straightforward ways of archiving or allowing re-access to such materials. Finally, changes in interview technologies towards using digital methods have opened up new ways of conducting and making available interviewing that might begin to approximate systematic podcasting or video-casting interviews.

Those interested can register for this event, hosted by the LSE, on the CIVICA Research Open Science Eventbrite page.

How to be an effective peer reviewer

Friday 2 December 2022, 2pm (GMT)

This workshop will introduce PhD students and early career researchers and academics to the practices associated with being an accomplished, constructive and respected reviewer. Effective reviewers learn from the review process and, as a result, can see how to improve their own publications. Good reviewers are also recognised by the community and are often offered opportunities that enhance their academic profile, including journal editorial positions and conference track positions. The workshop will be interactive.

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Introduction to Research Data Management and Data Management Plans

Friday 2 December 2022, 14:00 to 15:30 CET

This session will cover:

1.   Data discovery, input and quality control;

2.   Data protection and database copyright;

3.   Data generation, data processing and ethical use;

4.   Managing data during the research project cycle;

5.   Data management plans;

6.   Repositing and preserving data; and,

7.   ICT support and international guidelines. 

Those interested can register for this event, hosted by the European University Institute, on the CIVICA Research Open Science Eventbrite page.

Research support drop in

Every other Wednesday at 1 to 2pm (starting 19 October 2022) you can join the team for support and advice on publishing, open research, copyright, research visibility, citation analysis and more.

You can book for the research support drop in and let us know your question in advance. Or if you’re feeling spontaneous you can drop in to the Zoom call during the session.


Research data one to one support 

Every Thursday at 4 to 5pm during term time 

Come meet the team of experts on research ethics, data management, data protection, and copyright — no question is too silly (and no planning is too early!). 

This is not a workshop or a taught session — but a chance to bring any questions you wish to discuss. Because everyone will be seen individually in order to provide personalised advice, you may be asked to wait for a few minutes until someone is available to speak with you.  

Book in advance for a one to one research data support session.


CIVICA open science workshops

LSE is part of the CIVICA alliance of European universities, which means LSE researchers have access to online training and workshops run from the seven other CIVICA institutions. You can find links to register for upcoming training, or view recordings of past sessions on the CIVICA website.


Contact us to arrange a bespoke session

If you’d like us to arrange training on something not covered on this page, or a bespoke session for your department or research centre, just get in touch by email:

Past training sessions

Choosing Open Access Publishing: The Key Issues

Professor Patrick Dunleavy (LSE) and Dr Frances Pinter (CEU) led a webinar on Choosing Open Access Publishing: The Key Issues on Thursday 15 September at midday (CEST). Dr Tim Monteath (LSE) moderated.

Pre-registration in the Social Sciences

Dr Lou Safra (Sciences Po/École Normale Supérieure, Paris) led a webinar on Pre-registration in the Social Sciences on Tuesday 27 September 2022 at 11am to 12pm (BST).

PowerPoint slides for the event [PPT <1MB]

Open Access Book Publishing: What Authors Need to Know

Dr Frances Pinter (Executive Chair, CEU Press) and Emily Poznanski (Director, CEU Press) led a workshop entitled Open Access Book Publishing: What Authors Need to Know on Thursday 13 October 2022, 11am (CEST)

This workshop was the first in our CIVICA Research Open Science for the Social Sciences Training Programme, which aims to help PhD students, post-docs and other early career researchers engage with the principles, processes and tools to disseminate, share, explore and maximise the impact of their research and collaborations.

Frances and Emily helped participants learn about how open access sits within the open science framework, the new business models that are emerging, understand the open access terminology and how open access is funded. Copyright and licensing in the open access space was also covered.

PowerPoint slides for the event [PPT 5MB]

Unravelling the value and practice of Openness in Academia

The European University Institute Library hosted a Roundtable on Unravelling the value and practice of Openness in Academia.

With the recent renewed commitment of the EUI to the Budapest Open Access Initiative recommendations in mind, this panel discussed how the value of Openness can (or cannot) drive practices and decision making at EUI with respect to debated issues of:

1. Transparency in Social Sciences and Humanities research.

2. Open knowledge and equitable access to research results from public funded academic institutions.

3. The system of mandates, incentives and rewards that is emerging at the European policy level to make Open Science the norm.

Slides for the event [PDF 1MB]

Open Social Science: Documenting your research as you go

A key aspect of encouraging and developing ‘open science’ modes of research in the modern social sciences centres on being explicit about decision-making about all stages of the research process. Yet for all kinds of researchers, documenting your research as you go need not be an unpleasant, extra chore. Instead, it can become an integral and time-saving way of underpinning your research advances, strengthening your critical grasp on issues, avoiding common ‘timebomb’ problems, and improving the preparation of research for the later publication and depositing of data phases. 

Professor Patrick Dunleavy and Dr Tim Monteath led this session, which covered some fundamentals of recording coding, analysis and research-shaping decisions in transparent and recoverable ways. The presentation and discussion covered resources that may be useful for new researchers starting out and for experienced researchers seeking to improve their approach.

PowerPoint slides for the event [PPT 7MB]

Your Online Visibility: Academic Author Identifier ORCID and Social Media

Lotta Svantesson and Monica Steletti (EUI Library) led this EUI Library roundtable which provided useful information in relation to creating an ORCID ID and on social media use in academic environments. The session was divided in two parts. The first part discussed how to create an ORCID ID and best practices in using it, and the second part provided a short introduction on social media use in academic environments.

Slides for the event [PDF 2.5MB]

Open Science in Horizon Europe: how and (mostly) why

New rules apply in Horizon Europe in order to open up every step of the research process, according to the principle "as open as possible, as closed as necessary". Is it only a constraint? The umpteenth administrative burden? Or, both a fair principle, as publicly funded research ought to be publicly available, and a powerful leverage for a more transparent and effective science as COVID-19 clearly showed? In our workshop Dr Elena Giglia (Turin) set out the reasons, tools and rules to practice Open Science in the daily research workflow. Bocconi Professors Guido Alfani and Dirk Hovy also discussed Open Science from experience drawn from their own ERC projects.

Open Social Science: Reusing and repurposing secondary data

Re-analysing secondary data (collected by other researchers) to address new questions is a well-established, economical and time-saving research practice in the social sciences, that fits well with open science goals. Key types of data include consortium research projects using cross-national surveys, standardized data from international organizations, well-respected databases from individual research teams checked for consistency over time or across areas, metrics data, and one-off datasets deposited by individual researchers or teams in data archives. Yet re-using any data collected by others for new and different purposes can entail compromises. Question wordings in surveys or categories/concepts in official statistics may only partly capture the phenomena you are interested in. ‘Mashing’ data from different sources or across different units or periods can be tricky. And for individual deposited datasets or constructed metrics, clarifying how the data was originally created and cleaning it so that it can be fully understood can be non-trivial tasks. In this session, Professor Patrick Dunleavy (LSE) and Dr Tim Monteath (LSE) examined how to develop research questions for re-using and mashing data, how to work with the limitations of secondary data sources, and how novel insights can be gained from bringing datasets together.

Slides for the event [PDF <1MB]

Introduction to Open Access, Open Data and Research Impact

This online session covered the basics of open access and open data. Attendees learned how open research can have a positive effect on the impact their research makes on the world.