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Friends of statistics - Statistics meeting

Who are we and what do we do?

The "Friends of Statistics" is a regular meeting of (young) scientists to exchange and learn advanced statistical basics and further knowledge. Each appointment focuses on a specific topic. In addition, there is the possibility to present own empirical research projects such as dissertations, publications, lectures etc., although the statistics/methodology should be the main content. Central is an informal character with a participatory and egalitarian structure, where questions can be asked continuously, discussions can take place together and where we have fun with statistics. It is a working group without a classical seminar leader, which means that each participant prepares his own session at regular intervals. The contents build on each other, but it is important that each session is a separate unit.


The friends of statistics meet once a month from noon to 1.30 p.m. in the afternoon. The meeting takes place in the form of a "statistics lunch". That means you can bring your lunch with you.  Between 11.45 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. there is the possibility to use the rooms and to exchange information around the respective lecture and to network.

How can you participate?

Any interested young scientist can participate! After a trial appointment, you can register obligatorily for the current programme every six months.

When & where?

When? Tuesday, from noon to 1.30 p.m., for dates see below.

Where? Specialist Library School Pedagogy, Gronewaldstr. 2a, 50931 Cologne, Building 214, R. 0.13 (714)

What are the advantages of participation?

In addition to the exchange of content and practical experience on a "peer level", regular participation can lead to a certificate, also for holding one's own unit. Furthermore, participants are given preferential consideration in workshops that are for example regularly held with the Graduate School of the Faculty of Human Sciences.

Dates & topics

In each case from noon to 1.30 p.m., (room use possible between 11.45 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.)

14.07.2020 Longitudinal section analysis Kristina Gerhard
11.08.2020 Path analysis Sarah Strauß
15.09.2020 Topic will be announced later Jana Bauer
13.10.2020 Dealing with small samples Sabrina Förster
10.11.2020 Merging of data Daniela Jäger-Biela
15.12.2020 Missing values - continuation Stefan Klemenz


Questions and registration

Interdisciplinary Centre for Empirical Research on Teachers and Teaching (IZeF) Sarah Strauss (

+49 (0) 221-470-6901

Recommended textbooks (statistics)

Backhaus, K., Erichson, B., Plinke, W. & Weiber, R. (2016). Multivariate Analysemethoden. Eine anwendungsorientierte Einführung. Heidelberg: Springer.

Bortz, J. & Schuster, C. (2010): Statistik für Human- und Sozialwissenschaftler. Berlin: Springer.

Bühner, M. & Ziegler, M. (2009): Statistik für Psychologen und Sozialwissenschaftler. Pearson Studium.

Field, A. (2013): Discovering Statistics Using SPSS. SAGE Publications.

Quatember, A. (2014): Statistik ohne Angst vor Formeln. Pearson Verlag.

Tachtsoglou, S. & König, J. (2016): Statistik für Erziehungswissenschaftlerinnen und Erziehungswissenschaftler. Konzepte, Beispiele und Anwendungen in SPSS und R. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.