Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to International Summer School on Grounded Theory and Qualitative Methods 2020 at Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania. This Summer School continues the tradition of learning the qualitative research, which has been started at the University of Pisa, Italy, four years ago.

It is a scientific event of great importance for doctoral studentsand researchers / scholars, who prepare their research for conducting, or already are implementing their research studies, or are on the way to finalize their research.

So, on June 22-26, 2020, the Academy of Education with the Institute of Educational Research at Vytautas Magnus University, the School of Social Researcher in collaboration with the University of Pisa (Italy) and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) will organize the International Summer School On Grounded Theory and Qualitative Methods 2020 (ISS GT QM VMU 2020).

In this Summer School 2020 equal emphasis will be given to grounded theory, interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA), ethnography, qualitative content analysis, IT use in qualitative research, social networking and media research.

The essence of learning philosophy in the Summer School 2020 will be the following: the balance between theoretical considerations and practical implementation; minimum theory and maximum of practice. You will have the opportunity to learn in small groups according to the specific methods you choose. In training, you will develop and improve your research methodology skills and understanding from concept to conceptualization, from data collection to interpretation in regard to specific methodologies. The professors will aim to give you opportunities to practice techniques, ask questions and get detailed answers on particular qualitative methodologies. The main format  of learning will be workshops or seminars with the focus on particular methodology. Therefore, your questions, activity and interest will be important to the quality of the international summer school.

The scholars, professors conducting the seminars are experts in specific qualitative methodologies, representing universities in various European countries and internationally recognized: Prof. Antony Bryant (Leeds Beckett University, UK), Prof. PhD Jonathan Smith (Birkbeck University of London, United Kingdom), Assoc. Prof. PhD Michael Dellwing (Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany), prof. PhD Andrea Salvini and Research fellow, PhD Irene Psaroudakis (University of Pisa, Italy), research fellow, PhDJudita Kasperiūnienė and Prof. Vilma Žydžiūnaitė (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania).

Already book these dates  – 22-26 June, 2020  – and book your time now. We meet soon – at the end of June next year to study qualitative research methodology at Vytautas Magnus University.


Dates: 22-26 June, 2020

Venue:Putvinskio str. 23,Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania

You will be notified of your (non) acceptance no later than ten days after receipt of your letter. If you will be notified as a student of International School on Grounded Theory and Qualitative Methods 2020 at Vytautas Magnus University, thus you are expected to be at a time on Monday, 22th June, 2020

What will not be covered? You are responsible to cover your travel, accomodation and nutrition expenses by yourself.

We look forward to seeing you – well-meaning, creative, enthusiastic students who want to learn, create and share knowledge and experiences. See you in June next year!

Register now!