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This is a reminder that the deadline for abstract submissions for the International Seminar "Personal Networks: Methods and Applications" is approaching (1st of May). The seminar will take place in sunny Barcelona from July 6-8. If you would like to participate in our meeting of personal network researchers, please send your abstract now to [log in to unmask] For more information please check 

Thanks to those of you who have already submitted, we are looking forward to meeting you in July. Best wishes from the organizers, 

Miranda Lubbers

International Seminar "Personal Networks: Methods and Applications" 

Barcelona, Spain | July 6-8, 2011 

Organized by the Personal Networks Laboratory (egolab-GRAFO) and the Center of Sociological Studies into Work and Daily Life (QUIT), Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain 

Submission deadline: May 1, 2011 

Personal network analysis is a growing field of research in terms of both substantive contributions and the development of methodologies and tools. The personal network perspective, which originated in the Manchester School, was further developed first in American and Canadian Sociology. Currently, in the era of “connected individualism” (Wellman, 2001), it is again a focus of interest for many researchers around the world: Social Network Sites (SNS, such as Facebook) allow downloading and drawing “ego-networks”, “personal network geographies” (Axhausen, 2008) are identified in order to understand individual mobility patterns, panel data are used for understanding adaptation processes of migrant communities (Lubbers et al., 2010) and socialization processes at the entrance in adult life (Bidart et al., 2010), and personal network methods  that estimate the size of hidden or hard-to-count populations are refined (e.g., Salganik et al., 2 010), among many others contributions.
 In addition, EgoNet, E-Net, Vennmaker and other programs facilitate data-gathering, analysis and visualization of personal networks in novel ways, allowing the application of mixed methodologies to social research. 

In this context, we would like to invite researchers interested in personal network analysis to present their contributions in the International Seminar "Personal Networks: Methods and Applications". The seminar will take place in continuation of the summer course "The measurement of personal networks" organized by the research group egolab-GRAFO ( , see for the contents of the course ). During this event, we also plan to launch the Personal Networks Observatory (OPeN) ( ), which aims to make personal network data available to the scientific community and to stimulate and facilitate new research based on the secondary analysis of the catalogued projects. 

The keynote speaker is Professor Steve Borgatti, who will talk about "Personal networks and whole networks: A discussion". 

Please check the seminar website for the submission procedure and further details: 



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