2018 | SINGAPORE: Rethinking Development

The Academic Convention 2018 in Singapore - A general description

The International Association for Political Science Students is thrilled to announce the Academic Convention 2018 in Singapore. From November 19 to 23, students from all over the world will gather to discuss the convention theme, “Rethinking Development: Innovative Policies for Social and Economic Advancement.” This year, we are partnering with the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), an inter-governmental organisation that aims to strengthen relations between Asia and Europe. An annual event with an expected attendance of +150, the Convention is one of the largest international conferences for students of political science, international relations, and related disciplines.

What can you expect?

The Academic Convention 2018 will bring together a multiplicity of experts from academia, civil society institutions, the media, policy-makers, and think tanks. In student panels, panelists will present their research (concerning the convention theme) to an audience of fellow students, after which there will be interactive discussions. Participants will also have the chance to learn valuable skills in the 9 research workshops we’ll have to offer, in addition to an Oxford-style debate and 6 much-anticipated lectures. In the evenings, a social program will allow participants to relax, network, and explore the city!

We look forward to welcoming you to Singapore in November 2018!

Due to popular demand, we have extended our deadline to register. Be sure to register by October 31 to secure your spot at the Convention!

The Event

Registration is now open until OCTOBER 19! You can purchase your AC ticket on our webstore. Be sure to follow our Facebook page for updates, and should you have questions, feel free to contact the Academic Convention Department at ac-info@iapss.org.

The IAPSS Academic Convention 2018 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 theme “Rethinking Development: Innovative Policies for Social and Economic Advancement” in depth.


This year we will be expecting around 150 participants, with 80 panelists in 21 student-run panels. The first day (November 19) is an arrival and registration day, with a networking event in the evening. The following days (November 20 – 23) are divided into time slots for student panels, lectures, and research workshops. 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 topic of the lectures freely and without limits of thinking. In the morning to afternoon sessions, a wide range of events is scheduled, such as roundtables with ambassadors. 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 organisers in an informal setting.


You will receive the final program of the IAPSS Academic Convention two weeks prior to the event. However, please see below a skeleton of the planned program. Note that the following info may change and that coffee and tea breaks are not included.

Monday, November 19
13:30 – Registration
19:00 – Networking Event

Tuesday, November 20
9:00 – Registration
9:30 – Opening Session
10:00 – Lecture
12:00 – Panels
13:30 – Lunch in Student Canteen
15:00 – Lecture
17:00 – Panels
Exhibition Hall, Social Program (ex: City Tour)

Wednesday, November 21
10:00 – Research Workshops (3 choices)
12:00 – Panels
13:30 – Lunch in Student Canteen
15:00 – Lectures (2 choices)
17:00 – Panels
Exhibition Hall, Social Program

Thursday, November 22
9:30 – Research Workshops (3 choices)
11:00 – Exhibition Booths
11:30 – Panels
13:00 – Lunch in Student Canteen
14:30 – Lecture by Professor Euiyoung-Kim of Seoul National University, International Political Science Association (IPSA) representative
16:30 – Round Tables with Ambassadors and Asia-Europe Foundation Board of Governors
Social Program

Friday, November 23
10:00 – Panels
12:00 – Panels
15:00 – Ministry of Foreign Affairs presentation
17:00 – Closing and Awards Ceremony
End-of-Convention Party

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 topic of the lectures freely and without limits of thinking. In the morning to afternoon sessions, a wide range of events is scheduled, such as roundtables with ambassadors. A highly interactive environment will enable you and the academic guests to elaborate on concepts, theories, and arguments in depth.


More information to come soon about the lecture descriptions and research workshops.

Preliminary Panel Topics:

  • Technological Innovations
  • Regionalism
  • Nation-building
  • Post-conflict nation-building
  • Developmental Justice
  • Pax Sinica
  • Social Impact of Financial Innovations
  • Intra-State Conflict in the 21st century
  • Youth and the Country
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Culture and Policy
  • Community Development
  • What is Development?
  • Leaders and Policy
  • Resource Management
  • Perpetuation of Inequity
  • Democracy: A Botton-Up Approach
  • Crime and Development
  • Security, Peace, and Development
  • Gender and Development
  • Security, Peace, and Development
  • Gender and Development


We are proud to announce that we have chosen SkyTeam as the IAPSS Academic Convention 2018 Official Alliance Network for air travel. We would like to offer you seamless air travel via SkyTeam Global Meetings to our event. Our registered Global Meetings event offers you attractive airfares. By booking and buying your airline ticket via the dedicated link below, you will benefit from:

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To book your air travel now, visit the IAPSS Academic Convention 2018 Dedicated Booking Page or www.skyteam.com/globalmeetings and enter our Event ID; 3937S

The main airport in Singapore is Singapore Changi Airport.


NOTE: We do not currently offer scholarships for travel. If you are in need of funds, we encourage you to apply for external grants. We are able to provide any documentation needed once your registration is confirmed. For specific inquiries, please contact us at ac-info@iapss.org.

We do not provide accommodation booking, but see below for potential options:

November 19 to 24, 5-night stay

Park Hotel Alexandra
323 Alexandra Road
28 min bus to venue
Deluxe queen or twin room
1,218 SGD

Hotel Clover 769 North Bridge Road
769 North Bridge Road, Kampong Glam
43 min MRT transfer
Superior double room (no windows)
950 SGD

Park Hotel Farrer Park
10 Farrer Park Station Road
37 min MRT transfer or 59 min bus ride
Superior double or twin room
828 SGD

The Quay Hotel 
57 South Bridge Road, Boat Quay
37 min MRT transfer or 52 min bus ride
Superior double room (no window)
747 SGD

Metropolitan YMCA Singapore
60 Stevens Road, Orchard
33 min MRT transfer
Standard twin room (no window)
560 SGD

Fragrance Hotel – Riverside
20 Hong Kong Street, Boat Quay
35 min MRT transfer or 51 min bus ride
Superior double or twin Room (no window)
539 SGD

Fragrance Hotel – Waterfront
418 Pasir Panjang Road
36 min bus
Superior double or twin room
479 SGD

Cube Boutique Capsule Hotel @ Chinatown
76, 78 Smith Street, Chinatown
31 min MRT transfer or 44 min bus ride
Single capsule in dormitory room
221 SGD

COO Boutique Hostel
259 Outram Road, Tiong Bahru
39 min MRT transfer or 56 min bus ride
Single bed in dormitory room
144 SGD

All prices exclude 7% tax and 10% service charge.
All prices rounded up to nearest dollar.

The convention will take place at the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) headquarters, as well as in neighboring buildings.

Should you be of a nationality that does not entitle you to freedom of movement within Singapore, or from a nationality that does not entitle you to a visa-waiver/visa upon arrival, you will likely need a visa to enter Singapore.


The visa letter request form can be found in the IAPSS Store. You must be an IAPSS Member and be logged in with your IAPSS login information to access the form. You may contact us directly at ac-info@iapss.org if you have issues accessing a form. You must have paid your registration fee in order for a visa letter to be issued. A letter from IAPSS does not guarantee that you will be issued a visa.


The responsibility of ensuring that one has the proper documentation and permission to enter Singapore or any other territories in connection with one’s arrival in Singapore is solely one’s own. If you are in doubt about your ability to enter Singapore, you should contact the nearest Singaporean Embassy, Consulate, or Missions in your area.


Note that the information below is preliminary – final guidelines will be provided in October. Each paper presentation will consist of a presentation by the paper presenter, the discussant’s reply and a Q&A session with the audience.

Panels featuring three panelists will be structured (as per paper presented) as follows:

  • 12 minutes presentation;
  • 3 minutes discussion by the discussant;
  • 15 minutes Q&A with the audience

Panels featuring four panelists will be structured (as per paper presented) as follows:

  • 10 minutes presentation;
  • 2,5 minutes discussion by the discussant;
  • 10 minutes Q&A with the audience

All panels are limited to 90 minutes each. Please check the number of paper presenters in your panel and adapt your presentation according to the scheme above. All paper presenters, discussants and chairs are requested to be at the venue of the panel at least 15 minutes before the panel’s opening. Presenting a paper with one or more co-authors? Bear in mind the time structure above is per paper presented, not per presenter.

Provided Technical Facilities

All rooms are equipped with presentation facilities (fixed data projectors). You are kindly suggested to prepare a visual presentation underlining your discourse. Please bring a USB flash drive with the respective file(s) to the panel, best if in both .ppt and .pdf file types at least 15 minutes prior to the panel’s opening.

How to be a good Panelist

  • Keep to time. You will be allocated between 9 and 12 minutes of time (according to the total number of paper presenters in your panel) and if you go over the limit, it will be taken from the time of your co-panelists.
  • Structure your presentation so that the audience has the time to ask you questions afterwards.
  • Prepare your speech beforehand. You do not need to read directly from the paper but hint-cards are always useful.
  • If you write down your speech, make sure you have leeway time-wise. Speakers reading directly from the paper very often underestimate the time they will need for presentation.
  • If you run out of time, you will be cut off mid-presentation. No exceptions.
  • You have the option to use a laptop and a projector to display your figures, charts, or the summary of your paper. Be cautious with its use. Do not merely read what is written behind you – that is not presenting. The projector is an addendum not the core of your presentation.
  • Be precise and concise. You are presenting your research results, not making a political speech. Keep in mind that your audience is smart.
  • Read the papers of your colleagues. It is polite to prepare at least one question for each of your co-panelist and give them a proper feedback. Your work does not end with finishing your paper, the key to a successful academic panel is interaction among its participants.


In addition to their active participation in the discussions and/or their paper presentations, participants to the IAPSS Academic Convention 2018 can also apply for the positions of Chair and/or Discussant of a panel. To be eligible, an applicant for Chair and/or Discussant positions must have registered for the Academic Convention, either as a paper presenter or as an observer. To apply, please visit this online form. Selected Chairs and Discussants will be announced together with the programme for student panels on October 20, 2018.

How to be a good Panel Chair

  • You must read the papers in your panel carefully, and prepare questions.
  • Start your panel exactly on time whenever possible.
  • No need to introduce yourself or anyone else at length. At most, say people’s names and institutional affiliations. Let them introduce their papers themselves.
  • Let the panelists speak in the order listed on the programme unless they request otherwise – for technical reasons, for example.
  • Keep each panelist to the time allotted. This is the most important part of the role of the panel chair. Divide the entire session evenly between all panelists. If one person goes over the time limit, they are cutting directly into of the time of the other panelists, and that must be avoided. Give people a subtle warning when they are close to time (show them on a piece of paper or on fingers ‘5, 2, 1 minute(s)’). Once they are out of time, give them notice. If they do not stop, you will need to be bold and ask them out loud to wrap up.
  • Take questions from the audience immediately after individual presentations. The Q&A should comprise at least one fourth of the time allocated to one panelist. If there are lots of questions, try to avoid asking any yourself, however be ready just in case the audience goes silent too soon.
  • Do not allow the audience to go off on a lengthy tangent, you may need to interrupt them to refocus the discussion.
  • Make sure the session finishes on time. People want their cup of coffee/a toilet break, etc. and they can always continue the debate over coffee if they care that much.
  • Always end the session by inviting the audience to thank the presenters (round of applause).

How to be a good Panel Discussant

As a discussant at IAPSS events, you serve two different needs:

  • Your first and most important responsibility is to help the audience understand the papers better. You must read the papers carefully, take time to understand their contributions, strengths and weaknesses, and what the audience needs to know about them.
  • Your second responsibility is to the authors. What are your reactions to the papers and why? What can the authors do to improve the paper? Learning how to read other papers with the critical eye of a good discussant will help you to learn how to write papers that appeal to the profession.

Review all papers through the following steps:

  • Briefly summarise the paper’s main message and its contribution.
  • Provide an assessment of the paper: does it make its case convincingly?
  • Suggest constructive ways to improve the paper.
  • Highlight the relevance of the paper to academia and society.
  • Stimulate conversation among the audience by posing questions for discussion.

IAPSS Membership, Convention Registration, Media Accreditation & Visa

Do I have to be member of IAPSS in order to purchase a ticket for the IAPSS Academic Convention 2018?

IAPSS Individual Membership is required to attend any IAPSS event. Membership comes at 10.00 or 15.00 EUR per year depending on your country of origin, with discounted rates available for 2-year memberships. You can purchase your membership directly here. Please note that you need to purchase your membership prior to your registration for the IAPSS Academic Convention 2018 in Singapore

I am not a student anymore, can I still participate?

Our events are open to everyone. While the programme and concept of the Convention focuses on current students of all levels (Bachelor, Master’s, PhD), also former students, post-doctoral researchers and all other scholars of political science, international relations and related disciplines are welcome to attend.

Our journal / newspaper / TV station / radio station would like to accredit a journalist. Who do we need to contact and what are the requirements for press accreditation?

We are welcoming press and media representatives as well as student journals to all our events. If you are interested in attending as a journalist, please contact us at ac-info@iapss.org .

Which payment methods are accepted?

Our web store accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards, Visa and MasterCard debit cards (only those debit cards that have a 16-digit code on the front of the card), PayPal, iDEAL, SOFORT Überweisung, Bancontact/Mistercash.

I come from a country where PayPal is not available, and I don’t have a credit card. How can I still pay for my ticket?

Please note that we also accept selected Visa and MasterCard debit cards. In case of payment difficulties, please contact us at finances@iapss.org for alternative payment methods (e.g. wire transfer or WesternUnion).

Are there any additional costs during the conference?

Apart from the participation fee (ticket), we don’t charge any additional fees in order to keep costs for participation in the IAPSS Academic Convention 2018 at a student-friendly level. However, we highlight that accommodation, travel, meals and visa costs (if any) are not covered by the participation fee. You can find recommendations on how to save money, book cheap accommodation and flights here. We generally recommend to arrange travel and accommodation at an early stage as Singapore is a well visited city.

I am in need of a visa invitation in order to apply for my Singapore visa. Who can I can contact and what are the requirements?

All visa related questions and requests are handled by Sviatlana at ac-info@iapss.org . Please note that visa invitations are only issued for those who have completed their registration for the Convention (requires purchase of a ticket).

I have problems to register / to pay for my ticket. Who can I contact?

In case of any problems with your registration for IAPSS Membership or your ticket purchase for the IAPSS Academic Convention 2018 in Singapore, please contact BInderiya Oyunbaatar at ac-info@iapss.org .

Can I cancel my ticket and get it refunded?

If, for any reason, you cannot attend the Convention, restitution of your participation fee (or a part of it) is conditional and subject to deadlines.

In case of a rejected visa application, reimbursement of your ticket will be decided upon on a case by case basis. The responsibility for fees and timely application for a visa remains with the participant, and IAPSS is not liable for any fees incurred by the participant due to a rejected visa application. Please consult with Binderiya Oyunbaatar at ac-info@iapss.org in case you wish to cancel your purchased ticket.


Paper Submission / Presentation

I am presenting a paper at the Convention. What is the deadline for the submission of my paper?

The final deadline for paper submissions has been extended until Oct. 31, 23:59 CET.
For inquiries regarding your paper, please do not hesitate to contact us at ac-panels@iapss.org .

Which paper structure and format requirements do I have to fulfill?

Please adjust, structure and layout your paper according to the IAPSS Paper Submission Guidelines which aims at standardising the formatting of papers presented at IAPSS events and published in IAPSS journals. The Guidelines reflect leading international academic paper standards.

Are there opportunities to publish my paper in a journal after the Convention?

Successful paper presenters will have a chance to submit their papers for review either to IAPSS’ journal Encuentro Latinoamericano (if the paper has a focus on Latin American politics) or to Politikon (in other cases). Publication is, as always, conditional upon a successful outcome of the review process. We are looking forward to your submission!

Who should I contact for other questions regarding my paper submission / presentation?

For all inquiries related to your paper, the IAPSS Paper Submission Guidelines and your presentation(s) at the IAPSS AcademicConvention 2018 in Singapore, please do not hesitate to contact Katsiaryna at convention-panels@iapss.org .

Can I still submit my abstract for presenting a paper at the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2017?

The Call for Papers closed on September 12th, 2018. If you would still like to apply to become a paper presenter after this date, please consult with Katsiaryna at convention-panels@iapss.org to see if an exception can be made.

Travel, Accommodation & Other Inquiries

Are there any hostels you negotiated a special deal for accommodation with?

We do not provide accommodation booking, but click here to view potential options:

Will there be a specific dress code at the Academic Convention 2018?

We encourage you to wear business casual. We advise to respect cultural sensitivity with regards to the diverse international audience present at the Convention by adequate dress.

Does IAPSS cover my accommodation, meals or travel costs?

No. Accommodation, meals and travel costs are to be covered by the participants. However, we provide information on cheap accommodation, meals and on affordable travel on the travel page.

Will there be social events and is attendance covered by my ticket?

Of course! Various social events, including an Opening and Closing Reception, a Convention Party and Bar Nights, will be held.

Other Questions?

Has your question not yet been answered or would you like to contact us?

Then do not hesitate to get in touch with: Binderiya Oyunbaatar at ac-info@iapss.org, for visa, registration, other administrative and media inquiries or Katsiaryna at convention-panels@iapss.org for abstract, paper and panel related inquiries.

Jennifer Yi

Head of Convention

Jennifer is in her final year of her BA at the University of Notre Dame, in the United States. Alongside her degree in political science, she is pursuing additional concentrations in Sociology, European Studies, and Constitutional Studies. Last year she was studying abroad at Sciences Po Paris when she joined IAPSS as the Logistics Coordinator of the 2018 World Congress. A Los Angeles native, Jennifer has previously worked with the California Association of Student Councils and the State Department of Justice. She also worked at the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), where she focused on promoting protections for migrant workers. Her research interests fall within the subjects of comparative constitutionalism and transitional justice. With a keen interest in studying languages, Jennifer is fluent in English, Korean, and French, and is now avidly learning German and Spanish.


Deputy Head of Convention

Jesslene, from Singapore, is an independent researcher. She obtained a Bachelor of Social Science in Political Science from the National University of Singapore (NUS), and wrote her undergraduate thesis on why states join international organisations by rising powers. She is also currently a teaching assistant at NUS, teaching classes in political science and global studies. Her current research interests include International Relations and International Political Economy, with an emphasis on how rising powers affect international institutions and international cooperation. With a love for language and writing, Jesslene speaks and writes English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Having only recently joined IAPSS, Jesslene hopes to contribute towards the regionalisation of the association and building an inclusive and robust community of junior political scientists in the region.

Do Youn

Deputy Head of Convention

Do Youn is a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major at Yale-NUS College, which is a liberal arts college founded by Yale University and the National University of Singapore. She is a co-president of the Yale-NUS Chamber Music Collective and organises recitals and gala concerts every semester. With a keen interest in event and programme management, she interned at ASEAN Foundation, where she coordinated participants for events such as the ASEAN Science and Technology Workshop and communicated with major arts companies in Korea. She also finds it fulfilling to teach English, Korean, or public speaking and use language to empower others. She spent most of her years in Korea, where she learned Spanish and was an avid lacrosse player. There she was an activist for a variety of issues, one of which involved campaigning with the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. She is excited about implementing a cultural aspect to the IAPSS Academic Convention 2018 so that people can experience the beautiful city of Singapore to its fullest.


Administration Coordinator


Assistant Administration Coordinator

Daniel Ruiz

Speakers Coordinator

Daniel studies Liberal Arts – an interdisciplinary degree – at the University of Essex in the UK. His focus is Politics and Philosophy. His academic and personal background is marked by politics, classical music and a genuine interest in the world around him. His academic path has led him to study at Sciences Po Paris, at the Free University of Berlin and at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Past political commitments include being the head of the Luxembourg Delegation at the Model European Parliament 2014 in Vienna and being the President of the Society of Luxembourg Students in Britain in 2016/17. In October 2017, he represented Luxembourg at the ARC6 Forum in Singapore. In 2018, he got re- invited by the Asia-Europe Foundation to act as a Facilitator at the 3rd ASEF Young Leaders Summit in Brussels. Previously, he has also worked as an intern for the Luxembourg Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand in 2016.


Panels Coordinator

Katsiaryna holds a BA in International Relations from the Belarusian State University and is currently studying towards her Master’s degree in European Studies at Comenius University in Bratislava with the support of the Visegrad Fund. Her academic interests include EU foreign policy, security studies and conflict resolution. Being very interested in this topic, she has published several articles on the EU role in conflict resolution. Katsiaryna has actively participated in seasonal schools in Russia, Estonia, Norway, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Her mother tongues are Belarusian and Russian, she is fluent in English, has a good knowledge of Spanish and she is improving her Slovak. She has been actively involved in different kinds of voluntary activities and completed internships in several NGOs and think tanks. Katsiaryna has been participating in the Regional Academy on the United Nations program working on a group research project in the framework of UNODC. She has been involved in several academic events and conferences both as a participant and an organizer. As Panels Coordinator of 2018 IAPSS Academic Convention Katsiaryna hopes to contribute her share to make this experience valuable and rewarding for all the participants.


Assistant Panels Coordinator

Nanthini has just completed her Masters in International Relations at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia last year. She majored in International Security with a focus on the Asia Pacific and specifically, ASEAN/EU relations. She also holds a BA with majors in Politics and Gender Studies from La Trobe University in Australia. After spending several years in Australia during which she volunteered with organisations such as RedR Australia, she has just moved back to Singapore to further her career goals. Her current interests lies in the part regional organisations (specifically ASEAN) play in the furthering of multilateralism. She currently writes for the Young Diplomats Society as their Regional Content Writer for Southeast Asia. Fluent in English and Tamil with some knowledge of Mandarin and Malay, she is looking at expanding her knowledge of European languages by learning French.

Changes regarding the venues and panels at the IAPSS Convention will be displayed on this page and in the Facebook Group that is created for the Academic Convention 2018. Therefore we encourage you to join our Facebook IAPSS Convention Group and to check out this website frequently before and during the event. For any other questions, you can drop us a message on this page.

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