Computational Communication Science:
Towards a Strategic Roadmap

// 12–16 February 2018

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The Department of Journalism and Communication Research at Hanover University of Music, Drama, and Media cordially invites to the international academic conference event Computational Communication Science. During various training courses and a workshop conference the event aims to develop knowledge, skills, resources, and strategies in computational methods within the field of communication. Results of the events will be transcribed into a text documentation that is foreseen for joint publication by participants and shall serve the research community in understanding and utilizing methods, tools, and resources of computational social science.


You can now find the full program with scheduled times and locations on the page “PROGRAM”.
Please note, that the times may be subject to change.

Find the program here


Date am pm
February 12 R Training Course
February 13
February 14 Parallel Method Training Courses
February 15
February 16 Roadmap Event

Overview of the Workshop Architecture

Computational Communication Science will be divided into two stages: (1) training courses on various issues in computational methods and “Big Data” and (2) a 1.75-day workshop conference. The event will take place between February 12 and February 16, 2018 in Hanover, Germany.

Training Courses

At first, training courses on various issues in computational methods and big data will be offered to young scholars (postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students). After an introduction into the software R (1 day), five parallel courses (2.25-days) will provide hands-on-training in five domains: (1) Automated Content Analysis, (2) Topic Modeling, (3) Network Analysis, (4) Statistical Analysis of Large Data Sets, and (5) Acquiring Data Using APIs and Scraping.

Roadmap Event

Afterwards a 1.75-day workshop conference will be held. During this stage participants of the training courses, leading scholars from communication and other social science fields as well as practitioners from relevant corporations will meet to discuss and craft a strategic roadmap for advancing computational methods in the field of communication. We envision a dialogue-intensive event with about 80 international participants.

Be part of the Roadmap Conference!



Experienced Scholars and Practitioners

A group of experienced scholars, primarily from communication, psychology, and computer science will be invited as speakers or hosts of moderated discussion sessions. In addition to the academics, participation in the workshop will be open to selected industry representatives who are supposed to share their views on one or more of the challenges that the workshop will address.



Researchers looking for advancement in CCS

We offer 50 places for young scholars (postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students) from empirical disciplines interested in the study of communication including but not limited to communication science, (media) psychology, sociology, and economics. Participants receive a full scholarship covering travel and accommodation costs.

Application has been closed.


The event will be held in Hanover, Northern Germany. All training courses will take place at the conference center “Planet M” which is located at the Expo Plaza, the campus of the Department for Journalism and Communication Research. The roadmap part will take place at the “Leibnizhaus”, a conference center in the heart of the historic city of Hanover.


Here you can find information about accommodation during the event. Please do not book accommodation in advance. We will provide participants with information on the booking process, including the booking code, once admission notifications have been sent. Accommodation will be provided in two hotels at the town center: The Plaza Hotel Hannover and InterCity Hotel.

Organizing Team

Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz


Head of Team
Dr. Julia Niemann-Lenz
Department of Journalism and Communication Research
Hanover University of Music, Drama, and Media

This event is funded by