Call for Applications, REASON Winter School 2019 in Munich, Germany

Evidence-based argumentation is a crucial skill in modern knowledge societies, where people (e.g., professionals, citizens, or students) need to solve complex problems, take far-reaching decisions, and be able to defend these on the basis of sound arguments and evidence. Evidence-based argumentation is the skill to construct logical arguments that are based on evidence, and as such, is related to evidence-generation and evidence-evaluation skills, as well as to scientific reasoning. The REASON doctoral school invites young researchers to its 2019 Interdisciplinary Winter School to discuss how evidence-based argumentation can be advanced across different populations, including children, students, or professionals, such as physicians, teachers, or social workers.

Highlights of the scientific program include keynote lectures from international experts on science learning and science motivation (Judy Harackiewicz, University of Wisconsin-Madison), on science education and fostering argumentation (Sibel Erduran, University of Oxford) and on methods for argument evaluation and argument invention (Douglas Walton, University of Winsor), as well as workshops on teachers' use of scientific evidence (Konrad Krainer, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt), evidence-based argumentation (Andreas Hetmanek, Technical University of Munich) and meta-analyses as evidence generation and evaluation methods (Karsten Stegmann, Ludwig-Maximililians-Universität München).

The winter school aims to promote mutual awareness and appreciation of the different disciplines as well as to further consolidate possible cross-disciplinary collaboration. Researchers will have the chance to exchange research results, share challenges and propose innovative ideas, in the aforementioned areas.

REASON invites up to 50 PhD students from around the globe to participate in the REASON Winter School 2019 on “Bridging the research-practice gap: Advancing evidence-based argumentation”. Successful candidates will have the chance to attend scientific keynote talks, participate in workshops, and will be given the opportunity for individual discussions with key experts in the area. 

We use EasyChair to manage the submission and review process. Even if you have used EasyChair in the past, we recommend that you read the information presented below before proceeding. Abstracts can only be submitted online via EasyChair: submissions by fax, post, or email will not be considered. All submissions must be written in English.

Submission information - The Submission for Applications is open!

    • Once you have logged in to the EasyChair system for the REASON Interdisciplinary Winter School 2019, you should select the "New Submission" option from the top left menu.
    • Follow the on-screen instructions and provide all of the information requested. The “Submit” button serves as "Save" button until the submission deadline.
    • You can edit or update your submission at any point until the submission deadline.
    • Once you have completed your submission and clicked “Submit” a new item will appear on your author menu bar for your submission.
    • At the end of the submission procedure (and whenever you subsequently edit your submission) you should receive a confirmation email from us.
    • The review criteria for submissions are available under "Application Guidelines"

Review process information

    • The scientific committee will review all submissions.
    • Applicants will receive an acceptance/rejection notification with the respective reviews by October 16th 2018 via email. 
    • Please consider that no application will be reviewed before the application deadline


    • There is no registration fee for participation.
    • PhD candidates without funding from their institutions have the opportunity to apply for one of the 10 available travel grants of each up to 500 €. You can indicate whether you would like to be considered for a travel grant in the application tool. Selection will be based upon the evaluation of the applications by the scientific committee.