About the event
The jSchool is a week-long summer school event for psychology students, PhD students and other early career psychologists, who each aspire to create meaningful research projects in an international environment. The event takes place in a different European country each year and all research projects are centered on a common annual theme. Six enthusiastic PhD students act as Research Supervisors from top academic institutions. The Research Supervisors collaborate with around 40 motivated psychology undergraduate and master students, divided into six teams. Each team starts collaboration during the jSchool and conducts research together for thirteen months. All teams commit to publish their work in our partner journal (Frontiers in Psychology) and are invited to attend the annual JRP Conference in Cambridge. Students are also given the possibility of completing a five-week internship at Cambridge.
The jSchool is designed to create an environment where emerging researchers find the right tools to enhance their abilities while delivering outcomes at a professional standard while enjoying a special, unforgettable ambience. The jSchool allows students to work closely with and learn from experts of the field, experienced psychology practitioners and preeminent scholars, who are invited to share their experience with the students. Lecturers from around the globe speak about their research areas and engage in individual sessions with the research groups. Research Supervisors further gain crucial experience conducting multicultural research projects, expanding their managerial and academic skills as team leaders, many for the first time in their careers.During the closing Gala Evening, students are officially inducted as the new Junior Researcher Programme’ cohort, which is one of the many highlights of the JRP calendar.
The 2018 jSchool will take place from the 8.7.2018 to the 15.7.2018 at the Certosa di Pontignano, a historical venue in the Chianti countryside of Siena, one of Italy’s culture capitals. The academic and social activities will take place within the venue, giving all guests the opportunity to work and relax in a natural environment, while being in the proximity of a renowned artistic city.
The 2018 jSchool theme is Communication: The psychology of information, selected in order to allow supervisors and students to develop projects concerning some of the most relevant challenges and discussed issues faced by psychologists today. Projects will therefore vary across multiple domains of knowledge and public interest. We anticipate these to cover media, economic, health and policy-making subjects, and look forward to a dynamic pool of applications for 2018.