The Summer Schools on Research Methods for Social Sciences, organized from 2006 to 2012 by SDIPA and from 2013 by the Department of Business Administration and Law of the University of Calabria, represent an important event for professors, researchers and doctoral students in Italy and, with increasing intensity, in Europe. In a few years, the Schools have conquered a leadership role in training and updating researchers working in the different fields of social sciences, carrying out a project of fundamental support for academic and applied research. The Schools aim to present, discuss and share methods and techniques suitable for translating original hypotheses and research projects into relevant and rigorous scientific contributions, and therefore supported by robust empirical evidence. The Schools intend to reach university professors and researchers, PhD students, and postdocs in social sciences, as well as consulting firms and companies.



The University of Calabria (Unical) is a young and dynamic university located in Southern Italy. The university campus is situated in the surroundings of the towns of Cosenza and Rende, which provide visitors and tourists with many artistic and historical venues. Such a convenient location offers the chance to reach within a 60-minute ride cozy seaside villages (Diamante, Tropea) as well as a stunning 2,000-meter heights landscape (la Sila).

Participants may reach the Campus from the nearby airport of Lamezia Terme (www.sacal.it), which is connected to the Cosenza-Rende area by train, coach or private shuttle bus transfer. The main options are:

– From the Trenitalia website (https://www.trenitalia.com/en.html): Bus (Lamezia Terme Aeroporto -> Stazione di Lamezia Terme Centrale – 5 minutes) + train (Lamezia Terme Centrale -> Castiglione Cosentino – 50/60 minutes). Timetable is available on www.trenitalia.com/en.html, selecting “Lamezia Terme Aeroporto” as departure station and “Castiglione Cosentino” as arrival station.

– Private car rental with driver service. It is possible to book “Top Class Turismo” shuttle emailing ncc@topclassturismo.com and mentioning that you are a participant in the UniCal Summer School. Fees are: 1-2 passengers: total fee 75 euro; 3-4 passengers: total fee 90 euro; 5-8 passengers: total fee 110 euro. Night supplement (from 9 pm to 6 am): 15 euro per car.


Alternatively, the Campus can be reached by train from Rome or Naples via Paola. Paola station is connected with the Castiglione Cosentino railway station by frequent regional trains (visit https://www.trenitalia.com/en.html). Castiglione Cosentino railway station is located about 3 kilometers away from the Campus and less than 1 kilometer from the main city hotels.


The UniCal Campus is connected with the Cosenza-Rende area by the Consorzio Autolinee buses from 7 am to midnight. The timetable is available on the Moovit app, and tickets are available in bars and throught the MooneyGo app.


Hotel and B&B

Participants should care for their accommodation by themselves. To receive help and/or a list of nearby Bed&Breakfasts and hotels offering special rates to participants in the Summer Schools please send an e-mail to Maria Antonietta Raimondo ma.raimondo@unical.it