The IAPSS World Congress 2016 aims at both providing students of political science, international relations and related disciplines a platform to present their work and research within a variety of student panels, and bringing you together with experts from the academia, politics, the media and civil society to discuss and examine topics and issues around the Congress theme “Challenging Democracy” in depth.

Each day (April 5 – 8) is divided in 4 time slots of 90 minutes length each. 7 time slots are exclusively reserved for a series of student panels running parallel. Three to five students will present their research and work in form of short paper presentations at each panel, facilitated by a panel chair, a panel discussant and the audience present.

At a number of high profile lectures we will bring you together with leading political scientists of our time, in an open atmosphere enabling both the speaker and the audience to discuss the lecture’s topic freely and without limits of thinking. In the morning sessions, a wide range of events is scheduled, such as roundtables. A highly interactive environment will enable you and the academic guests to elaborate on concepts, theories and arguments in depth.

The academic program will be supplemented by a variety of social events, enabling you to relax in the evenings and meet fellow students and the organizers in an informal setting.

On April 9 there is no academic program, but the IAPSS Consultations. On this day, we will be discussing the future of our association. This coincides with the online General Assembly, the highest decision-making body of the association, that will, among other things, elect a new board for  June 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017.