25 participants will be given the chance to attend the first ever SERISS training course at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia this autumn.

The two-day training course – Designing questionnaires for cross-cultural surveys – will be held on 24-25 October 2016 and chosen attendees will not have to pay for accommodation or tuition fees.

Applicants who will benefit from the scheme include those working on cross-cultural survey projects (PhD), cross-cultural or multilingual survey project staff or anyone who needs to write a cross-cultural survey project proposal.

Candidates who want to learn about the importance of good questionnaire design and translation processes for comparing survey data will also be considered.

The training course will help participants familiarise themselves with different approaches to the organisation and implementation of cross-cultural questionnaire design.

It will also cover pre-testing techniques available; translation advice and best practice when carrying out questionnaire translation or assessment.

Applications are now being accepted until 23 May 2016 for those who are interested in attending the training course.

There will be no tuition fees or accommodation costs for the 25 participants, who will be selected from all applications received.

Lunch will be provided on both days and a group dinner will be held on the first evening.

Participants will need to cover their travel costs, though there are a limited number of SERISS grants available to cover travel costs for participants whose financial constrains would prevent them from being able to attend.

The two-day course will be presented by Ana Villar (Centre for Comparative Social Surveys, City University London) and Dorothée Behr (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim).