For the first time in history, researchers from Serbia will have an opportunity to participate in the the most comprehensive international comparative research, the European Social Survey.
Following Serbia’s acceptance to the Round 9 of the European Social Survey, the ESS National Team of Serbia, with the support of PERFORM, organised its first event entitled “Preparation for Conducting the European Social Survey (ESS) in Serbia, Round 9, 2017-2018”.
The event included a panel discussion on the importance of ESS for Serbia’s socio-economic reforms, as well as the first workshops on sampling data and ESS research methods and standards.
Special guest of the event was Prof. Dr Georg Lutz, Director of the “Swiss Center for Expertise in the Social Sciences”, who presented the results of the Centre in conducting ESS with a special focus on the possibilities of data analyses. Stressing the importance of ESS, he said:
“Twenty five years ago, the state of social sciences in Switzerland was not very good. The field was too local, too national, and research institutions were not sufficiently well connected. The Government then launched a programme called ‘The Future of Switzerland’, and one of its goals was to have Switzerland systematically participate in international and European surveys, as it was considered the key mechanism for connecting the whole discipline and raising the quality of research. ESS was one of the most important initiatives that Switzerland joined at that time and is still participating in it as a guest member.”
Assistant Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development, Mr Viktor Nedovic, stressed the vital importance of European Social Survey as one of the biggest comparative surveys in the world with over 100,000 active users, and expressed his satisfaction at seeing so many young researchers in the audince, who are the future of social sciences in Serbia.
ESS will involve over 100 social science researchers from Serbia and will bring multiple benefits to the Serbian research community: transfer of theoretical and methodological knowledge and practices; enhancing their visibility in international circles, as well as their inclusion in international academic networks. Serbian policy institutions will also benefit by accessing comparable research data from over 30 European countries.European Social Survey (ESS) has been implemented bi-annually since 2002, fulfilling the highest methodological standards of research in the domain of social sciences. It is one of the key data sources that enables measurement and understanding of the long-term structural changes, as well as changes of value and cultural patterns and practices of citizens in the European societies.