IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015

“New Threats to Security”

Charles University | Prague, Czech Republic

September 21 – 25, 2015

Tickets available until August 31 at the MyIAPSS Webstore!


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The IAPSS  Autumn Convention is the second largest annual event hosted by IAPSS – the International Association for Political Science Students. Hundreds of students from across the globe are expected to discuss and examine the Convention’s theme ‘New Threats to Security’ with dozens of high profile scholars, experts and policy-makers featured – from September 21 – 25, 2015 at Charles University of Prague.

Join us at the 2nd largest conference for students of #PoliticalScience, #InternationalRelations and related studies in 2015!


What Can You Expect?

Hundreds of students of political science and related disciplines are expected to the 2nd largest conference for young political scientists in 2015. An exciting academic and social programme with a broad range of both high profile scholars and experts will await you in the beautiful ‘Golden City’ of Prague. The IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 will bring together a multiplicity of experts from the academia, civil society institutions, the media, policy-makers and think tanks. From Czech Republic, Europe and beyond. At dozens of student panels, more than 100 panelists will be provided with the unique opportunity to discuss their research and work-in-progress in political science, international relations and related sub-fields with an international audience.

On The Programme

The IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 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 Convention’s theme New Threats to Security – in-depth.

Each day (September 21 – 24) 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. 3 time slots of again 90 minutes length each are scheduled for a number of expert sessions. A highly interactive environment will enable you and the academic guests to elaborate on concepts, theories and arguments in-depth.

A preliminary programme will be published here by early September 2015, with detailed information on the topics of the sessions and the speakers featured.

Social Events

To quote Franz Kafka: “Prague never lets you go… this dear little mother has sharp claws“. A never sleeping city, the capital of Czech Republic is one of the beautifully emerging and prosperous metropolises from the former Warsaw Pact states – where old Christian and Jewish quarters meet post-socialist suburbs, where a young creative crowd attends the oldest university north of the European Alps, and where decisive scenes happened just before the fall of the Berlin wall.

Prague offers uncounted cultural and social events and venues to enjoy your time in the city as much as possible. The Convention’s social programme will include a festive Opening Reception (Day 1) and a vibrant Convention Party (Day 4). A Bar Night and a Brewery Night will be held on Day 2 and 3 to bring everyone together in a joyful atmosphere, to continue the debates of the day and to enjoy Prague’s unique flair with ice-cold Czech beer.

Find out about all social events featured here.

The 21st IAPSS General Assembly

The last day of the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 (September 25) is reserved for the bi-annual meeting of members of IAPSS – the IAPSS General Assembly – in its 21st edition. The full-day program includes a short reporting session by the IAPSS Executive Committee on the portfolio and agenda of the ongoing legislative mandate 2015-16, the review of the financial administration of the Association for the year 2014, and above all: a series of planning and strategy workshops.

Attendees will be able to discuss programme features of the IAPSS World Congress 2016 in Berlin, propose potential host cities for the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2016, participate in reviewing and developing academic formats, projects and events such as the IAPSS Think Tank, and exchange on current challenges of young political scientists across the globe.

All individual and association members of IAPSS are invited to attend this inspiring and enriching event.

Special Features

The IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 will be officially inaugurated with a festive Opening Session in the morning of September 21, followed by the Key Note hold by a high-profile speaker.

After the ultimate highlight of the program, the Oxford Style Debate, the IAPSS Excutive Committee and the IAPSS Congress Management will officially close the Convention during a festive Closing Session, summing up the four days of the Convention’s academic programme (September 21 – 24). During the closing session, the winner of the second IAPSS Award for Academic Excellency will be announced!

On-Site Registration (Sep 20) | Info & Registration Desk (Sep 21-24)

September 20 (Sunday) is the main on-site registration day. Our team will be welcoming you at the Faculty of Law of Charles University, from 15.00 to 20.00, and provide you with your individual participant bag containing the official IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 booklet, your individual name badge with a lanyard, writing utensils and further material.

A permanent Info & Registration Desk will be available for your questions and inquiries from September 21 till September 24, from 08.30 to 18.30. Please note that there will be no Info & Registration Desk during the 21st IAPSS General Assembly, on September 25.

Information for Paper Presenters, Panel Chairs & Discussants

The Call for Papers‘s deadline for abstract submissions was June 30. We welcomed the submission of abstracts related to the Convention’s theme from students of political science, international relations and related sub-fields from all career stages (Bachelor, Master, PhD, PostDocs et al.).

All abstract submitters have been notified.

The Programme Co-chair Vit Simral has called for Chairs and Discussants among all paper presenters by August 1.

Final papers of selected candidates are to be submitted by August 31, 2015 at MyIAPSS. Detailed instructions on the preparation of your individual paper presentation and participation in your student panel will be provided by the end of August 2015.

How Can You Register?

Tickets for the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 in Prague are available until August 31!

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If you are a member of IAPSS already, you will just have to log in to your individual account at MyIAPSS and purchase your Convention ticket at the IAPSS Web Store.

If you are not a member of IAPSS yet, you have to register for IAPSS Membership first – completed in a few minutes. Afterwards, you will be able to purchase your ticket for the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 in the IAPSS Web Store as described above.

Payment options include various credit cards, PayPal and payment by debit card (the latter for German, Dutch and Belgian bank accounts only). Our payment facilities are protected by a SSL certificate.

How Much Is It?

You can chose from two ticket categories:

Ticket Category 1) participation in the Convention (September 21 – 24): 90.00 EUR

Ticket Category 2) participation in the Convention & the IAPSS Consultations (September 21 – 25): 95.00 EUR

An insignificant fee is charged depending on whether you purchase your ticket via credit card or PayPal (all other payment options are free-of-charge). Please note that accommodation is not included, and that IAPSS does not cover travel or visa costs.

Travel Recommendations

Prague is a well connected city in the heart of Europe. Dozens of both regular and low-cost carriers provide cheap air tickets to the city’s main airport, Vaclav Havel International. Other nearby airports include Brno (Czech Republic), Dresden, Nuremberg and Munich (all Germany), Vienna (Austria) and Bratislava (Slovakia). If you wish to avoid air travel, multiple international and domestic train and bus connections are on offer for very affordable fares. The English website of the German Railways provides an easy-to-navigate search for available train connections, while Eurolines and Megabus are reliable providers of international bus connections. We recommend to book your transportation earlier as ticket prices might rise quickly.

Prague has one of the best public transportation systems in Europe. The metro, trams and buses are used by two thirds of Prague’s population and cover the majority of the city and its outskirts. If you’re staying for the entire duration of the Convention, we recommend you to buy a tourist pass that will enable you to use any type of mass transport as many times as you want within the time period for which your pass is valid. Find an overview of available passes here.

Accommodation Recommendations

Prague offers a large variety of uncounted lodging options, with cheap hostels offering single beds in dormitories as well as separate rooms, medium-range and high-end hotels, but also private accommodation as well as hundreds of Couchsurfing and AirBnB options – the latter especially interesting for smaller and larger groups .

Since Prague is a well-visited city around the year, we recommend to arrange your accommodation the earliest possible to enjoy the best offers and deals.

We are cooperating with a couple of centrally located hostels in Prague (map available here) in order to offer you an exclusive IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 discount. The following hostels participate in the discount agreement:

Old Prague Hostel | www.oldpraguehostel.com

Prague Square Hostel | www.praguesquarehostel.com

Hostel Prague Tyn | www.hostelpraguetyn.com

In order to enjoy a discount of 15%, please make your booking through the online booking form available via the links stated above. Please e-mail the respective hostel of your choice after booking, indicating a) your booking reference number and b) the promotional code ‘IAPSSAC15’.

Travellers Hostel | www.travellers.cz

This hostel offers beds in dormitories (discounted rate at 15 EUR/night) and in smaller rooms (discounted rate at 20 EUR/night). For a booking, please contact sales@cihs.cz and indicate the promotional code ‘IAPSSAC15’. Discounts are also available for other hostels/hotels related to Travellers Hostel (for more, please consult: www.cihs.cz).

Visa Invitations

Visa invitations are available for those in need for a Schengen Tourist Visa. Please check with the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs whether you need a pre-arranged visa or not here. We provide visa invitations on the basis of a completed registration (ticket). After purchasing your ticket, please get in touch with our Congress Management at ac-administration@iapss.org with a digital copy of your passport. We will then issue your personalized visa invitation in due time!

Travel Grants

A limited number of partial travel grants has been awarded to panelists (presenters, chairs, discussants) with above-average travel expenses, predominantly with a non-European place of residence. IAPSS travel grants usually cover only 30 – 50% of individual travel costs. We therefore encourage those in need to search for other third-party funds on time.

All selected panelists were eligible for travel grants. The grant distribution was solely based on panelists’ expenses including costs for travel, accommodation, visa and your ticket.

The IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 in the Social Media

Follow us on Facebook for all news, updates and developments. Also, join our exclusive Facebook Event for the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 in Prague.

The official twitter hashtag for the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 is #IAPSSacPrague15. Follow us at twitter.com/IAPSS and tweet your thoughts, impressions and pictures!

Questions & Inquiries?

Then contact,

for visa, registration, other administrative and media inquiries: Andrea Kovarova at ac-administration@iapss.org

for academic programme and partnership inquiries: Jannick Burggraaff at convention@iapss.org

for abstract, paper and panel related inquiries: Vit Simral at academic@iapss.org

for IAPSS General Assembly and IAPSS Membership inquiries: Andrea Kovarova at secgen@iapss.org

for travel grant, payment and cancellation related inquiries: Catherine Mackay at finances@iapss.org





International Political Science Association

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the 2nd largest conference for young political scientists in 2015!