2015 | LONDON: The Politics of Conflict & Cooperation

IAPSS World Congress 2015

“The Politics of Conflict and Cooperation”

Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom
April 14th – 18th, 2015

Registrations have closed.

The IAPSS World Congress is the largest annual event organised by the International Association for Political Science Students. Bringing together more than 500 students of political science and related disciplines from all over the world, the congress deals with a topic corresponding to the IAPSS Annual Theme. The annual theme for 2015 is “Conflict, Cooperation and Security”.


What Can You Expect?

More than 500 students of political science and related disciplines are expected to THE conference for young political scientists in 2015. An exciting academic and social program with dozens of high profile guests as well as a range of social evening events – right in the heart of London – will await you. The IAPSS World Congress 2015 will tap into the vibrant academic community in London and the United Kingdom as well as drawing on a broad range of experts from the academia and think tanks, the media, civil society and policy makers. More than 30 student panels with almost 150 panelists are scheduled!

With the truly international audience expected, which crosses all sub-disciplines of political science and social sciences and indeed all student career stages, the IAPSS World Congress 2015 will be a unique event for individual academic learning, vivid debate and networking.

On The Program

The IAPSS World Congress 2015 aims at both providing students of political science 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 around the Congress theme “The Politics of Conflict and Cooperation” in-depth during Plenary and Expert Sessions.

Each day is divided in four time slots of 90 minutes length each:

Student Panels

7 out of 16 slots are exclusively reserved for five student panels running parallel. Three to five students will present their research in form of short paper presentations at each panel, facilitated by a panel chair and followed by a discussion by a panel discussant and the audience present. All selected abstracts will be available online here as well as in the IAPSS World Congress 2015 guide provided to all attendants during on-site registration and online.

Plenary Sessions

A range of high-profile lectures – 5 out of 16 slots – will bring you together with leading political scientists and political figures of our time, in an open atmosphere enabling both the speaker and you, the audience, to discuss the lecture’s topic freely and without limits of thinking. The keynote officially opening the IAPSS World Congress 2015 in the morning of April 14th and introducing the Congress theme “The Politics of Conflict and Cooperation” will be hold by a reknown expert.

Expert Sessions: Special Panels, Small-scale Lectures & Documentary Screenings

And, 3 out of 16 time slots of again 90 minutes length each are scheduled for five expert sessions running at the same time, comprising small-scale lectures and special panels alike. The smaller size will result in a highly interactive environment enabling you and the academic guests to elaborate on concepts, theories and arguments comprehensively. The IAPSS Academic Think Tank and participants of the IAPSS Winter School 2015 will contribute two Special Panels. A variety of documentary screenings will furthermore enrich the program, and you will have the unique opportunity to discuss the documentaries’ story, context and making with the directors.

The detailed program schedule is available here.

Find the official IAPSS World Congress 2015 booklet featuring all programme information here.

The Social Program

“By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show”, once said Samuel Johnson. Our host city, London, is a truly unique metropolis offering uncounted cultural and social events and venues to enjoy your time in the city as much as possible. From wild pubs to classic opera, from underground parties to hip jazz concerts – the “sky is the limit” in London.

The social program will include lunch events, bringing you together with experts presenting their recent book releases and meeting you for discussions on the addressed topic in an informal setting. Furthermore, a festive reception will be held for all attendants on the day of the Congress’ opening (April 14th), and we will be happy to welcome you at the Congress Party (April 15th) the first ever IAPSS Black Tie Ball (April 17th).

The 20th IAPSS General Assembly

The last day of the IAPSS World Congress 2015, April 18th, is reserved for the highest decision-making body of IAPSS, the IAPSS General Assembly, in its 20th edition. The full-day program includes a short reporting session by the IAPSS Executive Committee on the portfolio and agenda of the legislative mandate 2014-15, the review of the financial administration of the Association in 2014, a series of planning and strategy workshops as well as the elections of the new IAPSS Executive Committee for the legislative period 2015-16. The day will end with a reception at Birkbeck, to celebrate the end of a long day of discussion and planning, and the election of the new Executive Committee.

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

For questions and inquiries related to the 20th IAPSS General Assembly please consult with IAPSS Secretary-General Thomas Linders at secgen@iapss.org.

Special Features and Services

The IAPSS World Congress 2015 will be officially inaugurated by a festive opening session in the morning of April 14th (from 10.00am, at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church), followed by the keynote hold by Prof. Klaus Schlichte (Dean of the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences).

A number of publishing houses and political institutions will display their publications and advertise their career opportunities in political science and social sciences right next to the Info & Registration Desk.

Following the last highlight of the program, the Oxford Style Debate, the Congress will be officially ended with a closing session featuring IAPSS President Philipp Aepler for a talk on upcoming IAPSS events as well as all organisers giving a résumé on the four days of the academic conference (April 14th – 17th).

On-Site Congress Registration & Info Desk

April 13th is the official arrival and on-site registration day. Our team will be welcoming you at Birkbeck, University of London, and provide you with your personal participant bag containing the official IAPSS World Congress 2015 booklet, your personal name badge and lanyard, writing utensils and further material. On-site registration on April 13th will be open from 03.00pm till 08.00pm at the Foyer of Birbeck’s main building (Malet St).

A permanent Info & Registration Desk will be available for your questions and inquiries from April 14th (first conference day) till April 17th, from 09.00am to 07.30pm at the Basement Foyer of Birkbeck. Throughout the conference, all participants (incl. all panelists) can pick up their official IAPSS World Congress 2015 certificate at the Info & Registration Desk. Recipients of travel grants can gather these after their presentations there too. Please note that the desk will not be available during the 20th IAPSS General Assembly (April 18th).

Information for Paper Presenters, Panel Chairs & Discussants

The Call for Papers closed as of November 15th (2nd deadline). All submitters of abstracts have been notified by the end of November, depending on the date of submission. All chairs and discussants have been selected and notified by the beginning of March 2015 or earlier.

Final papers of selected panelists should be submitted by March 1st, 2015. Please structure and format your paper in accordance to the IAPSS Paper Submission Guidelines. If you haven’t submitted your paper yet, please do so as soon as possible here. Questions and inquiries related to student and special panels shall be addressed to Vit Simral, head of the Congress’ panel administration at academic@iapss.org.

Detailed instructions on the preparation of your individual paper presentation and participation in your student panel (as paper presenter, chair and/or discussant) have been provided by mid-March 2015.

How Can You Register?

Registration for the IAPSS World Congress 2015 is quick and easy. If you are a member of IAPSS already, just log in to your individual account at MyIAPSS (if you have forgotten your password, just request a reset and renew your password; your login address is the e-mail address you have applied with for IAPSS membership earlier) and purchase your ticket for the Congress via our webstore.

If you are not a member of IAPSS yet, you have to register for IAPSS Membership first – completed in a few minutes. Afterwards, purchase your ticket for the IAPSS World Congress 2015 in the web store.

The completion of your registration for the Congress requires payment of the participation fee. Payment options include various credit cards (Visa, Master, American Express), PayPal as well as iDeal, MisterCash/Bancontact and SOFORT Banking (the latter three for Dutch, Belgian and German debit cards only). Our payment facilities are protected by a SSL Certificate!

The deadline for registrations has elapsed!

The deadline for registration for students elapsed as of March 15th, 2015. If you wish to participate, please contact: wc-info@iapss.org. We cannot guarantee to honour your request.

How Much Is It?

75.00 EUR   –   for students residing in the UK, only (ca. 55.00 GBP)

85.00 EUR   –   for academic conference only, April 14th – 17th (ca. 65.00 GBP)

95.00 EUR   –   for academic conference & IAPSS General Assembly, April 14th – 18th (ca. 73.00 GBP)

An insignificant fee (0.5 – 3.5%) is automatically charged depending on whether you purchase your ticket via credit card or PayPal.

Please note that accommodation and meals are not included, and that IAPSS does not cover travel or visa costs. Please find recommendations on hostels below. Meals are very inexpensive at the Birbeck canteen and nearby student cafés, while a range of low-cost restaurants are located in the surroundings of the Congress venue.

Key Dates and Deadlines

September 15th, 2014   –   Call for Papers opens

November 1st, 2014   –   1st deadline for submission of abstracts

November 15th, 2014   –   2nd deadline for submission of abstracts

November 20th, 2014   –   Online registration opens

November 30th, 2014   –   Notification on selection for all abstracts submissions

January 5th, 2014   –   Notification on selection for travel grants (panelists only)

February 15th, 2015   –   Online registration closes for international students (incl. all panelists)

March 1st, 2015   –   Deadline for submission of papers (panelists only)

March 15th, 2015   –   Online registration closes for students residing in the UK

March 31st, 2015   –   Release of preliminary World Congress program

April 13th, 2015   –   On-site registration open from 03.00pm till 08.00pm (at Birkbeck, Malet St)

April 14th – 18th   –   Info & Registration Desk open from 09.00am till 07.30pm (at Birkbeck, Malet St)

Travel Recommendations

London is most probably the best connected city across the globe. Dozens of both regular and low-cost carriers provide cheap air tickets to one of the city’s airports. If you are travelling within the United Kingdom, multiple train and bus connections are on offer for affordable fares from/to London. International train connections to London are available from France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany (check the English website of German Railways for schedules), while international bus connections exist from more than 30 countries (we recommend Eurolines and Megabus).

We recommend to book your transportation as early as possible since ticket prices might rise quickly.

Within London, the public system is excellent and consists of a combination of buses and the famous underground (subway). We suggest to purchase an OysterCard which offers much cheaper fares per ride than purchasing single tickets. Plan your journey within London here. Please note that taxi prices are higher than in most other metropolises.

Special Lufthansa Discount on Air Fares

As from January 1st, 2015, Lufthansa Group Airlines supports the IAPSS World Congress by offering a special discount on air fares of Lufthansa, Austrian, Brussels Airlines, German Wings and SWISS to all attendants of the conference.

Special offer: Discounted travel with Lufthansa Group Airlines

Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines offer a comprehensive global route network linking major cities around the world. We offer special prices and conditions to participants, visitors, exhibitors, invited guests as well as employees of the Contracting partner and their travel companions.

To make a reservation, please click here and enter the access code NLZEWGQ in the “Access to Your Special Lufthansa Offer” area. This will open an online booking platform that will automatically calculate the discount offered or provide you with an even better offer if another promotional fare is available.

(NOTE: Pop-ups must be enabled otherwise the booking platform window will not open.)

Lufthansa Discount

Accommodation Recommendations

London offers a 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 thousands of Couchsurfing and AirBnB options. AirBnb, in particular, is a great way to save costs for groups of up to 15 students as it offers entire apartments, flats and houses for modest prices.

Since April is high-season in the city, we again recommend to arrange your accommodation the earliest possible to enjoy the best offers and deals.

A number of hostels and hotels is located near Birkbeck and other colleges of the University of London. Find the exact location of the Congress’ venue here. Close to Birkbeck, two hostels are conveniently located: YHA London St. Pancras and Generator Hostel.

Special Deals with Hostels:

1) Generator Hostel

A discount of up to 15% is available at Generator Hostel (for registered participants of the IAPSS World Congress 2015 only).

In order to book beds / rooms at Generator, please contact Lydia Mehdizadeh, Generator’s Sales Executive directly for your reservation / booking. The discount is not available via the Generator’s website. For a discounted rate, you must indicate that you are a participant of the IAPSS World Congress 2015.

Lydia Mehdizadeh – Sales Executive @ Generator Hostel London, Compton Place, off 37 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SE

E: lydia.mehdizadeh@generatorhostels.com / T +44 (0) 207 388 7666

2) Clink Hostels

A discount of 10% is available at Clink Hostels (for registered participants of the IAPSS World Congress 2015 only).

In order to book beds / rooms at Clink Hostels (both Clink 261 and Clink78), please contact Martha Maguire, Clink’s Sales Executive directly for your reservation / booking. The discount is not available via the Clink Hostels’ website. For a discounted rate, you must indicate the following code in your e-mail or by phone: “IAPSS”.

Martha Maguire – Sales Executive @ Clink Hostels London, 1a West Centre, St. Helier, Jersey, JE2 4ST

E: reservations@clinkhostels.com / T: +44 (0) 207 183 9400

Visa Invitations

Visa invitations are available for those in need of a Visitor Visa for the United Kingdom. Check with the UK’s Department for Visas and Immigration whether you need a pre-arranged visa or not here.

We provide visa invitations on the basis of a completed registration (requires payment). Please indicate in the registration form that you are in need of a visa and get in touch with Andrea Kovarova, IAPSS Congress Administration Coordinator at wc-info@iapss.org incl. a digital copy of your passport. We will then get back to you in due time!

Travel Grants

A limited number of partial travel grants will be distributed only to selected panelists with above-average travel expenses, mostly with a non-European place of residence. Please note that IAPSS travel grants usually only cover up to 20-30% of individual travel costs. We therefore encourage you to start searching for other third-party funds at an early stage.

It is no longer possible to apply for travel grants. All recipients have been notified.

The IAPSS World Congress in the Social Media

Follow us on Facebook for all news, updates and developments. Also, join our exclusive Facebook Event for the IAPSS World Congress 2015 in London.

The official twitter hashtag for the IAPSS World Congress 2015 is #IAPSSWC15. 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 wc-info@iapss.org

for academic program and partnership inquiries: Jannick Burggraaff at congress@iapss.org

for IAPSS General Assembly and IAPSS Membership inquiries: Thomas Linders at secgen@iapss.org





We are looking forward to welcoming you at the largest student conference for young political scientists and students of related disciplines in 2015!