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MetAt : atelier de méthodes

To share our methodological expertise and skills.

MetAt is a workshop for research methods: each month, a three-hour slot of support and technical advice on the research methods you need for a scientific project.


Who is MetAt for?

The MetAt is intended for anyone who would like to receive occasional support in the use of a research tool or method. All profiles are welcome: students, (post)doctoral students, researchers, research engineering professionals or others, both internal and external to Sciences Po, without restriction of status or affiliation. This support can take place at any stage of a project.

Concretely ?

MetAt is a three-hour "open door" workshop that takes place every second Tuesday of the month from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm on the Sciences Po campus in Paris. Each session welcomes a variable number of participants depending on the requests received. 

Each session begins with a methodological group discussion that allows for a better understanding of the issues and problems encountered by each participant. Then, small groups of participants/coaches are formed to individually address very practical aspects, such as the reformulation of hypotheses, the choice of a method, the limits of a data corpus, the question of data dissemination or various technical problems. The objective is to help the participant to move forward. To meet this challenge, the coaching can take different forms depending on the issues: programming, help in using turnkey tools or exclusively discussion. 

No evaluation is organized at the end of the sessions. It is simply requested that each participant commits to co-write, with their coach, a short report of their working session.


The MetAt collective reserves the right to refuse registrations if the number of participants is too high.Each interested person should be able to benefit from the support and expertise of the collective. Thus, registrations for one-off needs, for one to three sessions, will be given priority over requests for recurrent support. We will give priority to new people in order to offer the possibility of support to all.

METAT is a one-time support. It is not intended to take care of the technical part of the projects of the workshop participants. If the needs prove to be recurrent, it is desirable to set up a research collaboration, outside the time reserved for the workshops, with the interested members of the MetAt collective.

How to register? 

Pre-registration is mandatory to participate, via the online form, in which participants are invited to specify their needs. 

  • Sessions take place in person only.
  • Coaching can be done in French or in English.
  • The room is indicated in the registration form as well as in the reminder email sent a few days before the workshop.

To come to MetAt as a supervisor, please contact one of the workshop coordinators:




What methods or software are covered at MetAt?

METAT welcomes all methodological requests and covers a large part of the research methods. 

To see examples of topics treated at MetAt you can consult the minutes of past sessions, or read the reference article.

The expertise of the members of the MetAt collective does not cover all research methods. That is why we will privilege requests for support to which we are likely to be able to bring an adapted answer. 

However, do not hesitate to submit your topics even if the methods for which you need support are not named in the reports, because our team is constantly developing and we will do our best to support you.

Who organizes it?

MetAt is organized by a group of research engineers, archivists, documentalists and cartographers from Sciences Po who wish to exchange and train through practice.