WSTNet Web Science Summer School 2021 (WWSSS2021)

UPDATE – This event has been cancelled due to COVID restrictions

Take-off into a new Decade of Web Science
Each year the WSTNet Web Science Summer School (WWSSS) aims to offer participants the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and experience in the core subjects of Web Science. WWSSS is non-profit and participation fees are kept at a minimum to allow students from all over the world and diverse backgrounds to participate. The WSTNet Web Science Summer School is an annual event and is intended for researchers starting out in Web Science, and for professionals who wish to know more about this increasingly important topic. To this end, the summer school puts emphasis on highlighting the relationships between the technical, social, economic and cultural aspects of the Web through an active exchange of researchers from different disciplines.

June 28 – July 2, 2021


University of Caen, Normandy, France

Grant application deadline

April 30, 2021

Further details

Web Science Summer School 2020

We are delighted to announce that WSSS’20 will be held between June 29-July 3 2020 at the University of Caen in Normandy, France.

The website is now live at

Keynote speakers announced so far are:

Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles

IRIT, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda

GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne, Germany

Ralf Klamma

RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

Ivana Marenzi

L3S Research Center, Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany

Wolfgang Nejdl

L3S Research Center, Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany

Steffen Staab

Web Science and Technologies (WeST), University of Koblenz-Landau, Koblenz, Germany

Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

University of Southampton, Southampton, Great Britain

Gerhard Weikum

Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken, Germany

Call for Proposals to host WSTNet Web Science Summer School WWSSS’2021

The Steering Committee of the WSTNet Web Science Summer School (WWSSS) invites interested parties from commercial, academic or public domain to submit bids to host WWSSS in 2021.

The call consists of two stages: first an expression of interest and second a full proposal.

Stage 1: Expression of interest (due Jun 15th)

Parties interested in hosting WWSSS’21 contact Prof. Dr. Steffen Staab from the Steering Committee. Please send your expression of interest in pdf format. 1 page should be sufficient. Please include the following information:

+ Details of proposed site: country, city, and venue

+ Accommodation: number and categories of hotels and hostels in the site’s neighbourhood

+ Local organisation: name(s) and contact information of the local organiser(s), hosting institution

+ Time and duration of the summer school

Optional further information can include any other relevant details that you feel will support your application (e.g. international connectivity and attractiveness of the site, range and average of accomodation costs, experience of the host in organising related events, etc.).

The deadline for submitting the expression of interest is 30 May. The Steering Committee will decide on the submitted bids and inform both successful and unsuccessful applicants until 15 July.

Stage 2: Full proposal submission (due 30 September)

Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. The full proposal should be sent to Prof. Dr. Steffen Staab from the Steering Committee. Please submit the proposal in pdf format and do not exceed 10 pages. It should contain the following information:

+ Venue: attractiveness of the location, distance of accommodation

+ Timing: targeted event week and key dates

+ Student costs and support: estimated costs for international students, student grants, special conditions for participation and/or accommodation

+ Program: foundational Web Science topics and special lectures, networking events, suggested lecturers

+ Financial viability: draft of the financial plan including major fixed and variable costs

+ Organisation: local organiser consortium and its expertise in event/hosting management

+ Dissemination and publicity: plans for reaching the target audience, opportunities to share WWSSS materials within Web Science community

Again, you are welcome to include any additional details you feel will support your application, for example hosting facilities, transportation options, social program options and opportunities for personal dialogue with WWSSS lecturers, strategy for acquiring high-quality Web Science lecturers and sponsors, accompanying events (e.g. podium discussions, poster sessions, etc.), potential risks and reasonable fallback options, travel restrictions or special visa requirements, etc.

The deadline for submission is 30 September 2020. The steering committee will decide on the location of WWSSS’21 and inform the applicants until 31 October 2020.

Important dates

* 30 May: Deadline for expressions of interest

* 15 July: Notification and call for full proposals

* 30 September: Deadline for full proposals

* 31 October: Notification of acceptance

If you have any questions, Prof. Dr. Steffen Staab from the Steering Committee would be happy to help.