COST Action CA17132 - APPLY
European Network for Argumentation and Public Policy Analysis

Training Schools


Training School: Argument Mining and Argumentation-based Explainable AI

Lordos Beach Hotel, Larnaca, Cyprus | February 22 nd – 24 th 2023

This Training School consists of two parts. First part is dedicated to the topic of Argumentation Mining with a purpose is to introduce the field of argumentation mining to the participants, to explore connections between human reasoning, computational linguistics and argumentation theory. During the Training school participants will be introduced to theoretical grounds of computational argumentation but also participate in practical training with Machine Learning systems.

The second part of the Training School will be dedicated to the “know-how” workshop which will help young researchers in successful carrier development. The workshop will represent a closure of Training Schools series organized by APPLY project and will include topics important for academic carrier of young scholars such as successful publishing of the papers, representing and communicating expertise via media and writting scientific projects.

More information HERE.


Past Training Schools:

Cagliari APPLY Training School: Argumentation and Pragmatics

University of Cagliari | September 19-21, 2022

The purpose of this training school is to introduce the participants to a variety of approaches to the study of argumentation and pragmatics, with an emphasis on the important and complex interactions between argumentation theories and pragmatic studies. More information HERE.

Lisbon Summer School on Speech Acts in Public Discourse: Normative Questions

23-25 June 2022, NOVA Institute of Philosophy, NOVA University Lisbon

The summer school is thematically related to the workshop on Norms of Public Argument: A Speech Act Perspective, held immediately after the summer school (June 27-29). Its focus is on the normativity of speech acts – and how it is subverted for abusive or manipulative purposes. More information HERE.


Örebro APPLY Training School: Multimodal Rhetoric and Argumentation in Public Policy Communication

Örebro University, Sweden April 5-7, 2022

The purpose of this training school is to introduce the participants to a variety of approaches to the study of the multimodal communication of public policy from the perspectives of rhetoric and argumentation studies. More info HERE

Copenhagen APPLY Training School: Deliberation, dissent, and norms of argumentative engagement

University of Copenhagen | October 27-29, 2021

The purpose of this training school is to understand, analyse and discuss the role of deliberation in society on the basis of current rhetorical scholarship and praxis, as well as to investigate current challenges to traditional deliberative and argumentative norms. More info HERE


Trento Training School: The rhetorical roots of argumentation. A legal experience

Faculty of Law, University of Trento, Italy | 30 August – 4 September 2021

Trento Training School (TTS) will be focused on legal argumentation, by investigating the rhetorical core of legal discourses. More info HERE


Croatia APPLY Winter School 2020: Methods of argument analysis and evaluation in public contexts


The Croatia APPLY Winter School 2020: Methods of Argument Analysis and Evaluation in Public Contexts was organized in Croatia, at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb on 15 -18 January 2020.

During the Training School 40 participants from Italy, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Serbia, Croatia, Albania, Malta, Netherlands, UK, Turkey, Denmark but also USA and Canada, learned about different methods of analyzing and evaluating arguments. The trainers: Jean Wagemans, Sara Greco, Marcin Lewiński and Mark Aakhus

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ECA Training school in Leiden

The COST-ECA Summer School on Argumentation was held in Leiden from 20th to 22nd June 2019 and it was organized by COST APPLY action together with European Conference on Argumentation.  Participants were mostly PhD students from European countries who’s professional interests are closely connected with argumentation studies.

Participants had an opportunity to work with four trainers: Catarina Dutilh Novaes from the Free University of Amsterdam in Netherlands, Dale Hample from the University of Maryland in the USA, Steve Oswald from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and Henrike Jansen, organiser of the Summer School from the Leiden University in Netherlands.

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Argument Mapping Workshop

Training School on Argument Mapping took place at Nova University in Lisbon from March 15th until March 18th 2019 and it immediately preceded Networks kick off conference. It was organised as a mix of lecturing, group discussion, exercises, and self-study, with the intent to improve participant’s ability to analyse, evaluate, and produce natural language arguments, assisted by the online argument-mapping tool Rationale.

Trainer was Dr. phil. habil. Frank Zenker and 26 participants were PhD students, early carrier researches, educators and stakeholders’ representatives from COST countries.

For more details, follow THIS LINK



COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation.

COST Action CA17132

Providing and criticising reasons is indispensable to achieve sound public policy that commands the support of both citizens and stakeholders. This need is now widely acknowledged in the recent literature and key EU documents, which highlight the perils of populist discourse and policies.

Action Contacts

Andreia Domingues - Grant Manager [CA 17132]
NOVA - FCSH | Avenida de Berna, 26 C
1069-061 Lisboa - Portugal

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