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High EU grant for new governance-project with participation of Goran Glavaš

The EU network Norface is funding the new project Willingness and Capacity for EU Policy Action in Turbulent Times: Conflicts, Positions and Outcomes with a total of 1.2 million euros. SFB member Goran Glavaš is one of three researchers responsible for the project. Only 14 projects out of 200 successfully passed the application process.

In addition to the University of Mannheim, the University of Leiden (Netherlands) and the University of Strathclyde, Scotland are involved in the project.

The researchers want to analyse which political decision-makers determine the decision-making processes in the EU and how they influence policy areas such as security, research and development, economy or environment.

Most of the data sources of interest for policy analysis are available in the form of unstructured texts. It is necessary to process them semantically in order to filter out relevant information. For example, this method makes it possible to locate positions of individual politicians within the political spectrum.

The project has a duration of three years with about 3500,000 euros going to Mannheim.

Further information and the press release (German only) can be found here.


2020 AAPOR Awards Announced

The AAPOR, American Association for Public Opinion Research, presents annually a portfolio of awards to recognize distinguished work in the profession, as well as to further the education of students and early career researchers. 

We are proud to announce that our members Frauke Kreuter and Dr. Alexander Wenz, PostDoc in Z1, have been awarded in this year's AAPOR Awards. 

Frauke Kreuter, Principal Investigator of the Project A8/A9, has received the 2020 AAPOR Book Award and Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award and Dr. Alexander Wenz, PostDoc in Z1, has received the Burns "Bud" Roper Fellow Award

Our members will be honored during the annual award banquet at the 75th Annual Conference which will be held virtually from June 11-12, 2020.

For more information have a look here


Ulrich Wagner receives ERC Consolidator Grant

Ulrich Wagner, SFB 884 member and PI of the project B10, has received the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant. During the next years, he will investigate which economic damage air pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides and particulates, cause as a result of the European CO2 certificate trade. Please find more information here.

Together with Sabine Carey (B7) and Christoph Rothe (B5), the SFB 884 now has three members who have succeeded in this highly competitive Grant.


ZEW Public Finance Conference

Due to the current Covid-19 crisis, the ZEW Public Finance Conference will take place online this year. The video conference will take place on Friday, 8 May 2020. The program features a keynote presentation by Daniel Sturm (LSE) at 10:30 am and continues with four short paper sessions. For more information see the attached conference program or visit our conference website.

To register as a listener, please fill in the registration form (if necessary, you can change the language settings in the lower right corner of the registration page).

Please note: It is not necessary to have a Zoom account. You only need to download an add-on for starting the program in your browser on the day of the conference.


Mannheimer Corona-Study

Everyone in Germany is affected by the Corona epidemic and the preventative measures caused by the virus. The methodology of the German Internet Panel offers a unique opportunity to daily examine the consequences by using a highly qualitative sample of the general population. For at least 18 months the GIP-participants have contributed regularly to our research. This enables us to compare the life in Germany before the Corona-Crisis to the current situation.

That is why we see it as our duty to society to contribute to a better understanding of the influence of the epidemic on the population, as well as to inform the public and decision-makers in politics and economy about the developments in society on a daily basis.

More information and first results can be found here.


EU Acceptance Depends on Its Institutions

How satisfied are citizens with the distribution of power at European level? Can acceptance for the EU increase by making decision-making processes more transparent? These questions were discussed at the ZEW Lunch Debate on “Public Support and Institutional Reform – What Is the Right Way to Go?”, which took place on 20 February 2020 in Brussels at the State Representation of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union. A general consensus was that people wanted to have a say in Europe, including through their national governments. 

Questions from the audience were also taken up for discussion. Shouldn’t the goal of European integration be prioritised before institutional design? Heinemann responded that the development of the EU depended on how its institutions were designed; the former was not determined independent of the latter. “Everyone’s talking about European added value. To achieve that, you need the right institutions in place.”


ZEW Lunch Debate - "Public Support and EU Institutional Reform: What Is the Right Way to Go?", Brussels

Be it the euro crisis, Brexit, or growing divisions in Europe – European voters increasingly question how the EU is tackling such problems, especially since not all EU institutions have full democratic legitimacy.

This controversy is not new: already in 1992, after the Danish referendum on the Maastricht Treaty, Commission official Pascal Lamy noted that the EU had to reform its technocratic way of decision-making. In the same vein, former Commission President Juncker always underlined that the EU must “deliver”. But what is the best way to go?

Little is known about how the European public evaluates EU governance and the separation of powers in EU decision-making. Is the Commission’s right of legislative initiative still sustainable? What about bicameral legislature? And regarding the European Court of Justice, does the public support the primacy of EU versus national norms?

Based on a novel survey generating fresh insights into public support across Member States, these and other questions will be at the centre of this ZEW Lunch Debate organised in cooperation with the University of Mannheim (Collaborative Research Center “Political Economy of Reforms”).

The event will bring together key players from the European Commission and academia. Thomas König (professor of politics at the University of Mannheim) will give key insights from the latest research findings, thus providing the basis for the debate. On the panel, he will be joined by Friedrich Heinemann (ZEW), Marcel Haag (European Commission), and Catherine de Vries (professor of politics at Bocconi University). Jennifer Rankin, EU correspondent for the Guardian, will moderate the debate.


Female Career Event with Vera Eva Tröger

Prof. Dr. Vera Eva Tröger from the University of Hamburg is visiting the SFB. Besides giving a talk in the Seminar Series, she is also available for a Female Career Evening on 2 March 2020.

Based on a short introduction by Vera Tröger on her career path and how it was influenced by (structural) gender-related issues, sharing of experiences and the discussion on what can be done about gender inequality in academia are a central part of the event. An inspiring and knowledge-full evening.


Visiting researcher Johannes Wiedemann

Johannes Wiedemann, PhD student in political science at the Yale University, is visiting the SFB 884 from February until June 2020. His dissertation revolves around the political determinants of resource misallocation, focusing on firms’ political activities and connections as potential determinants. His stay is funded by Baden-Württemberg-Stiftung and the MacMillan Center at Yale University.


Guest researcher Bella Struminskaya

Dr. Bella Struminskaya, Assistant Professor at the Utrecht University, is visiting the SFB 884 as a Guest researcher from 5 to 11 February 2020. She is a leading expert on mobile data collection and web survey methodology. She will collaborate with Frauke Kreuter and Florian Keusch on a project on the role of privacy concerns and technological skills for emerging forms of data collection (e.g., mobile passive data collection) in the Netherlands. She will also be presenting the findings in the MaSIR colloquium on 10 February.


Höhne at MAPOR Conference


Call for Papers: 2020 ZEW Public Finance Conference

The ZEW announced the call for papers for the annual Public Finance Conference. The conference will take place in Mannheim, Germany, on 7-8 May 2020 and focuses on the advances in local public economics.The deadline for submissions is the 15 Feburary 2020. Any further information about the conference and the call for papers can be found here.


28th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management


Friedrich Heinemann on TV

Our member Friedrich Heinemann was interviewed by the german newscast "heute journal". He talks about the current economic activity debate. You can still find the whole show at the ZDF-Mediathek.


Workshop "Data Science in Survey Options"

Prof. Dr. Annelies Blom, PI in the projects A8 and Z1, and Dr. Alexander Wenz, PostDoc in Z1, host a workshop on 24 and 25 October. They are collaborating together with Prof. Dr. Wouter Verbeke, Associate Professor for Data Analytics at Free University of Brussels (VUB) and Prof. Dr. Peter Lugtig, Associate Professor for Survey Methodology at Utrecht University, on the project “A Data Analytics Approach to Survey Operations”.


Friedrich Heinemann at the Committee on European Union Affairs in the Deutsche Bundestag

Our member Friedrich Heinemann to make a speech on the EU budget and the progress of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) at the Committee on European Union Affairs in the Deutsche Bundestag. 


European Night at ZEW

Our members Thomas König and Friedrich Heinemann participated at the European Night at ZEW. About 110 guests with different backgrounds in e.g. economics, politics and  science discussed the european developments in the last 20 years.


SFB members successful at this year's GESS award

Sebastian Juhl won the CDSS Publication Award for his publication "The Sensitivity of Spatial Regression Models to Network Misspecification" in Political Analysis. Carl-Christian Groh received the CSDE Teaching Award.


Elias Naumann awarded as a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow

Elias Naumann, PostDoc in project A6, has been awarded as a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow and is a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, USA from September 2019 to June 2020. During his stay at the Center for European Studies, Elias Naumann explores the social and political consequences of increasing social inequality and limited social mobility. His project aims at integrating core concepts and principles from behavioral economics, from sociological inequality and life course research, and from institutional theories, into an integrated framework for studying the formation and change of social policy preferences in an age of rising inequality.


Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum


Dr. Alexandru Cernat visiting the SFB

From now to September 27th 2019 Dr. Alexandru Cernat, lecturer in Social Statistics at the University of Manchester, is visiting the SFB 884. He is collaborating with Florian Keusch and Ruben Bach in the project A8 on measurement error in digital trace data. On September 23rd 2019 he will give a talk in our Seminar Series. Information will be sent in the week before as usual.


Engst at 2019 General Conference


SFB members won Lorenz-von-Stein-Prize

Benjamin Engst and Ruben Bach won the Lorenz-von-Stein-Prize for the best dissertations in Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim. The Lorenz von Stein Prize is endowed with 1.000 EUR each. Ruben Bach's PhD thesis shows new results on "Unintended Behavioral Consequences Due to Repeated Measurement". Benjamin Engst elaborates on High Court decision-making and "The Two Faces of Judicial Power: The Dynamics of Judicial-Legislative Bargaining".


ESA Conference 2019


54th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics

ACL is the premier conference of the field of computational linguistics, covering a broad spectrum of diverse research areas that are concerned with computational approaches to natural language. Three SFB members attended the conference und presented their research papers. Goran Glavaš and Simone Paolo Ponzetto presented their paper "Multilingual and Cross-Lingual Graded Lexical Entailment" at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Furthermore, our member Heiner Stuckenschmidt introduced his paper "A Spreading Activation Framework for Tracking Conceptual Complexity of Texts" in Florence. 


Hilpert at 2019 APSA Annual Meeting


Student Assistant part of Enactus National Cup Winning Team

Our student assistant in project Z1 - German Internet Panel, Marie-Lou Sohnius, is among the 90 students who have contributed to Enactus Mannheim e.V. winning the Enactus National Cup for the seventh time. They came out on top against 33 other German university teams. As the national champion, the team will represent Germany at the Enactus World Championship in Silicon Valley.