IAPSS World Congress 2016

April 5 – 9, 2016

IAPSS World Cogress 2016 Program


Registration: CLOSED

The IAPSS World Congress is the 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 Congress theme “Challenging Democracy” with dozens of high profile scholars, experts and policy-makers featured – between April 5 – 9, 2016 in Germany’s capital: Berlin.

Join us at the largest conference for students of Political Science, International Relations and related studies in 2016!

What Can You Expect?

At the Institute for Social Sciences, Humboldt University hundreds of students of political science and related disciplines are expected for the largest conference for young political scientists in 2016. An exciting academic and social program with a broad range of high profile scholars and experts will await you in the city of Berlin. The IAPSS World Congress 2016 will bring together a multiplicity of experts from the academia, civil society institutions, the media, policy-makers and think tanks. From Germany, 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.

How Can You Participate?

You can participate either as a panelist or as an observer. As a panelist you get the opportunity to present your paper in a panel and discuss it with fellow students. The deadline for submitting abstracts has now passed and panelists have been confirmed, however, you are still very welcome to attend the World Congress as an observer. You will be able to participate in all lectures, panels, roundtables, and social events.

On the Program

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 General Assembly. On this day, we will be discussing the future of our association and electing a new board for June 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017.

You can find more details on the program and logistics on the various subpages.