So here we are! 41 students and 11 teachers from all six countries, learning and working together during the 5-days-ISP at the University of Cergy-Pontoise. Wednesday 15th was a day of mere SYMLOG observation practice, a welcome change to the theoretical work of the first two days. In small groups, we observed the behaviour of persons in every-day (like mother-child) and business (like shop assistant-client) situations and took systematical (anonymous) notes. It is not quite easy in the beginning to keep the focus on smallest interactions, but this SYMLOG method can be quickly learned. On the picture: the group on the stairs under the “Grande Arche” in Paris La Défense.
All of us are in the last preliminaries for our first International Study Programme in Cergy-Pontoise / France next week. We are looking forward to a good and fruitful and very European week, bringing together 41 students and 11 teachers. Already, the German EU-CAB students have been testing the data analysis tool, ingeniously developed by our colleague Jamie Fins from Portugal. Big thanks to Jaime and to our brave guinea pigs! On the schedule for the week: lectures and workshops about various aspects of contemporary France, project presentations, and above all, the learning and application of the scientific methods, data input, analysis and report. Convivial evenings round up the programme. The ISPs are at the heart of the project, and we are eager to see how everything will work out.