CORAL – ITN Training on quantitative and qualitative methods | Open Call

20 – 24 June 2022, Nudel, Zeitz, Germany

Course description:

CORAL-ITN invites five PhD Candidates to join the CORAL-ITN Training on quantitative and qualitative methods 20 – 24 June 2022 in Zeitz, Germany.

With the four-day training event, the CORAL team aims at providing an introduction to the use of quantitative and qualitative methods to pursue research on issues of regional development in Europe and beyond with a focus on the role of collaborative workspaces in rural and peripheral areas. With a mix of keynote lectures, seminars, open and interactive sessions the event provides a platform to discuss and further advance the use of methods in the individual PhD-projects of all participants. Topics will be linked, inter alia, to transnational comparative (case study) research, the use of statistical methods to map spatial disparities, mixed methods and qualitative interviews.

Selected applicants will be paired with CORAL-ITN Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) and senior researchers and will participate in a series of events designed to facilitate intellectual engagement, offer training on research methods and promote peer and professional support.

The preliminary agenda of the training event:   

Monday 20/06/2022

08:45 – 09:15

Registration – Franziska Görmar

09:15 – 09:30

Welcome – Thilo Lang (IfL), Vasilis Avdikos (Panteion)    

09:30 – 10:30

Input and discussion: About the relation between theory, conceptual frameworks and research questions – tbc

10:30 – 11:00


11:00 – 12:00

Input: Comparative case study research Thilo Lang (IfL)

12:00 – 13:00

Discussion: Comparative aspects in ESR projects (based on examples/ inputs from 2-3 ESRs)

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 16:00

Training: Elevator pitch training (tbc)

16:00 – 17:30

ESRs meeting (restricted session)


Presentation of Nudel factory and Dinner with elevator pitches

Tuesday 21/06/2022

09:30 – 10:30

Input and discussion:

How to establish a typology for coworking spaces in Germany?

Conceptual issues and quantitative analysis – Roland Busch, Institute for Spatial Research and Real Estate Economy, Dortmund


10:30 – 11:00


11:00 – 12:30

Training: Introduction into mixed methods approaches Tim Leibert, (IfL)

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 17:30

Trainings (in parallel, including self-organised breaks):

1)     Qualitative methods training (narrative interviews, focus groups, discourse analysis, qualitative content analysis, etc.

2)     Quantitative methods training (descriptive statistics, regression analysis, visualisations)



Departure at railway station to Leipzig – guided tour Leipzig West –dinner (last train back at 23:17)

Wednesday 22/06/2022

09:30 – 11:30

World Café on methodology

11:30 – 11:45


11:45 – 12:30

Market of methods (Wrap up) – Hosts of tables

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 19:00

Excursion in Zeitz – research meets practice



Thursday 23/06/2022

09:00 – 12:30

1        To 1 sessions ESRs and supervisors

(ESRs discussing their research proposals with peers and supervisors) (Restricted session)

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00             

Training: ESR led discussions on cross-cutting themes and concepts

15:00 – 15:30 


15:30 – 16:00 

Wrap-up of training programme, feedback, farewell

Please note that CORAL covers accommodation and lunches but does not cover transportation costs.   

Location: Nudel, Zeitz, Germany 

The old factory of Nudel can be reached by foot from the railway station in approx. 7 minutes. Most participants will most probably travel from Leipzig main station to Zeitz by train which takes approx. 40 minutes. Trains of the company Erfurter Bahn depart every hour (5 minutes to the full hour) at main station with a stop in Leipzig-Plagwitz (for people being already in Leipzig West). Those who are flying directly to Leipzig/halle airport should also take the regional train S-Bahn to main station and change there to Erfurter Bahn. 

Address: Alte Nudelfabrik, Paul-Roland-Straße 7, 06712 Zeitz


To Apply:

Please submit the following information in a single PDF file as an attachment to and by April 27th, 2022:

  • Name, affiliation, email, main area of research interest
  • CV
  • A short paragraph (up to 200 words) where you explain your motivation to join the school 

Please note that applicants need to be fully vaccinated to be able to join in person.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 955907.