Welcome to the Fourth Summer School on Statistical Methods for Linguistics and Psychology, 7-11 September 2020

Application, dates, location

  • Dates: 7-11 September 2020.
  • Location: The summer school will be held at the Griebnitzsee campus of the University of Potsdam; this is about 15-20 minutes away from Berlin zoo station by train (this of course assumes that the trains are working they are supposed to!). Lectures will be held in Haus 6. Please use bvg.de for planning your travel (by train or bus).
  • Application period: 1 Jan to 1 April 2020.

Brief history of the summer school, and motivation

The SMLP summer school was started by Shravan Vasishth in 2017, as part of a methods project funded within the SFB 1287. The summer school aims to fill a gap in statistics education, specifically within the fields of linguistics and psychology. One goal of the summer school is to provide comprehensive training in the theory and application of statistics, with a special focus on the linear mixed model. Another major goal is to make Bayesian data analysis a standard part of the toolkit for the linguistics and psychology researcher. Over time, the summer school has evolved to have at least four parallel streams: beginning and advanced courses in frequentist and Bayesian statistics. These may be expanded to more parallel sessions in future editions. We typically admit a total of 120 participants (in 2019, we had some 450 applications). In addition to the all-day courses, we regularly invite speakers to give lectures on important current issues relating to statistics. Previous editions of the summer school: 2019, 2018, 2017.

Invited lecturers

Invited keynote speakers

  • Jeff Rouder (Modeling individual differences)
  • Jennifer Tackett (Thinking Critically and Embracing Uncertainty: Approaches to Theory Specification and Testing in Psychological Science)



There will be no fees for participating, but since seats are limited, candidates must apply to be accepted.Participants will pay for their own accommodation, we have reserved places in dormitories and hotels.

Contact details

For any questions regarding this summer school, please contact Shravan Vasishth.


This summer school is funded by the DFG and is part of the SFB 1287, “Variability in Language and Its Limits”.