S4 has been postponed until summer 2021

Thanks to the generous funds provided by NSF’s Collaborative Research: Social Dynamics of Knowledge Transfer Through Scientific Mentorship and Publication grant, professors Daniel Acuna (iSchool, Syracuse University) and Stephen V. David (Oregon Health & Science University) are proud to host a Summer School on the Science of Science, or “S4”.

This event will bring together PhD students, junior scholars, faculty, and experts in order to gain hands-on experience with vital Science of Science topics. We saw a need for this event when examining other summer schools and workshops – existing events do not focus entirely on the study of SciSci and take more a methods-based approach rather than question-based. We hope to fill this gap in the Science of Science community.

S4 will be held August 2-6, 2021, at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. We expect to have 30-40 participants for this inaugural event.

These are a sample of the topics to be covered at S4:

  • Computational discovery of new knowledge
  • Predictability and analysis of success
  • Problems and opportunities in scientific peer review
  • Issues in replication and reproducibility
  • Economics of science and science policy
  • Analysis of open access scientific literature and other scientific artifacts
  • Evolution of scientific ideas
  • Age, gender, and mentorship effects in science
  • Scientific misconduct and computational research integrity
  • Bring your own topic to the school if we have missed something!

These are some of the techniques you will learn about:

  • Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence
  • Network Science / Complex systems
  • Informetrics / Scientometrics / Bibliometrics
  • Visualization
  • Econometrics / Causal inference
  • Library Science

Confirmed speakers/mentors (to be announced)

Tim Errington Tim Errington, Director of Research, Center for Open Science
James A. Evans James A. Evans, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago
Vincent Larivière Vincent Larivière, Full Professor, Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication, l’Université de Montréal
image-left Staša Milojević, Associate Professor, Department of Informatics, Indiana University, Bloomington
image-left Cassidy R. Sugimoto, Professor of Informatics, School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, Indiana University, Bloomington
image-left Dashun Wang, Associate Professor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
image-left Bruce Weinberg, Professor, Department of Economics, The Ohio State University
image-left Jevin West, Associate Professor, Information School, University of Washington


image-left Daniel Acuna, Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
image-left Stephen V. David, Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University

Agenda (Preliminary)

09:00 AM - 06:00 PM Attendees arrive at SU
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM Welcoming reception. Location: TBA
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM Breakfast
09:00 AM - 12:30 PM Speakers presentations
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM Lunch - at iSchool
01:30 PM - 05:00 PM Hands-experience & Hackathons, iSchool Labs
05:00 PM - 07:30 PM Dinner - Dorm
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM Continue projects (on your own)
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM Breakfast
09:00 AM - 12:30 PM Speakers presentations
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM Lunch - Dorm (Hotel for speakers)
01:30 PM - 06:00 PM Project presentations
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM Attendees Depart SU

Application & Registration

The summer school is free.

Due to anticipated interest in S4, there will be an application process that will favor accepting a cohort of Ph.D. students, postdocs, and junior faculty that balances affinity and diversity.

There are 5 fellowships of $ 1,000 each to attend the summer school. You will be asked about this option during the application process.

By attending, you will have

  • Access to all sessions and materials
  • Reception on the first day of the school
  • Lunch every day, coffee breaks and snacks
  • Access to a lab computer if personal laptop not available

Important dates

  • Application deadline (including recommendation letter): May 15, 2021
  • Notifications by the end of May

Dorms lodging (optional)

There is an affordable $400 lodging option (look at fellowship above for financial support)

  • 5-night stay at the Syracuse University’s dorm system (Sunday night through Thursday night)
  • Breakfast and dinner included


This event has been partially funded by the following:

Collaborative Research: Social Dynamics of Knowledge Transfer Through Scientific Mentorship and Publication