Originating in Europe, the EARA-SRA Summer Schools are a joint project of the European Society for Research on Adolescence (EARA) and the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) that provide an opportunity for doctoral students to learn from some of the best researchers in the world.
Each year, up to eight researchers are brought to interact with 24 doctoral students from across the world. The schools, funded by the Jacobs Foundation, are designed to be five to six days packed with presentations and activities that are designed to maximize their professional development, bringing students new insights into research and allowing them to create collaborative networks with scholars around the world. The work begins before the school begins – students have read about 24 articles before arriving at the school, familiarizing them with the topics to be presented. Once at the school, activities typically begin early in the morning and continue into the evening. The doctoral students or Junior Scholars begin their day with presentations from the researchers or Senior Scholars, followed by active learning assignments. These presentation-activities alternate with student presentations, where the Junior Scholars are paired with Senior Scholars who provide feedback and guidance on their research interests. These often are ideas about future research. Other activities include opportunities to consult with Senior Scholars about methodological issues and time to socialize with each other. The schools were originally created by EARA scholar, Professor Monique Bolognini, and were brought to SRA by Professor Håkan Stattin, as the chair of the international committee. The format of the schools was successfully developed in Europe, where EARA has held schools in Switzerland, Germany, and Turkey.
Now held jointly by EARA and SRA, the Summer Schools have run annually for five years now, in Torino, Italy; Vancouver, Canada, Örebro, Sweden, Kent, Ohio, USA, Utrecht, The Netherlands and Atlanta, Georgia, USA alternating between North American and European sites. The schools have been a resounding success from the perspective of the attendees and the Jacobs Foundation, which has agreed to provide funding for several more years.