IAPSS Membership, Convention Registration, Media Accreditation & Visa

  1. Do I have to be member of IAPSS in order to purchase a ticket for the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2017?

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 Autumn Convention 2017 in Bremen.

  1. Which Convention ticket should I purchase if I am presenting a paper?

There is no difference in the participation fee offered to regular participants and panelists (paper presenters, chairs, discussants), however a discount will apply for regular registrations by 30 June 2017 and for panelists by 31st July 2017.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 get in touch with Elizabeth Miszta at convention-info@iapss.org .

  1. 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 and even Bitcoins.

  1. 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).

  1. 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 Autumn Convention 2017 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 Bremen is a well visited city.

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

All visa related questions and requests are handled by Elizabeth Miszta at convention-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).

  1. 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 Autumn Convention 2017 in Bremen, please contact Elizabeth Miszta at convention-info@iapss.org .

  1. 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.

(a) If you cancel your participation until July 13, 2017, IAPSS will refund 50% of the ticket price. If you cancel your participation after this date you will not receive a refund.

(b) 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 Elizabeth Miszta at convention-info@iapss.org in case you wish to cancel your purchased ticket.

  1. Paper Submission / Presentation
  1. 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 August 31, 23:59 CET. The deadline for papers wishing to be considered for the IAPSS Award of Academic Excellence is August 6, 23:59 CET.

For inquiries regarding your paper, please do not hesitate to contact us at convention-panels@iapss.org .

  1. Which paper structure and format requirements do I have to fulfil?

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.

  1. 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!

  1. 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 Autumn Convention 2017 in Bremen, please do not hesitate to contact Linda Slapakova at convention-panels@iapss.org .

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

The Call for Papers closed on July 15, 2017. If you would still like to apply to become a paper presenter after this date, please consult with Linda Slapakova at convention-panels@iapss.org to see if an exception can be made.

  1. Can I still apply to act as Chair or Discussant at one of the panels?

Definitely yes! If you wish to act as Chair and/or Discussant of one of the scheduled panels, please contact us at convention-panels@iapss.org. Please attach a short CV (max. two pages, no photograph) with reference to your academic experiences, publications et al. The deadline for applications for Chair and Discussant positions is August 31. To become eligible, you must have purchased your Autumn Convention ticket.

III. Travel, Accommodation & Other Inquiries

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

We have reserved beds for participants of the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2017 in the Backpacker Hostel Bremen.

We have reserved beds for participants of the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2017 in the GastHaus Backpacker Hostel Bremen. For the time frame of September 13-17 you can book following options:

Wednesday + Thursday             Friday + Saturday          

6- bed room                    18,00 €                             19,00 €              

4- bed room                    21,00 €                             21,00 €              

3- bed room                    22,00 €                          23,00 €                        

2- bed room                    23,00 €                            24,00 €              

single room                    31,00 €                            33,00 €

To book a bed, please send an email to gasthaus@bremer-backpacker-hostel.de with your full contact details, your selected option and the code “IAPSS 2017”. This offer is valid until August 14. Please keep in mind that the number of beds is limited. Breakfast is not included in the price. Information on other cheap accommodations and meals will follow soon.

  1. Will there be a specific dress code at the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2017?

No. However, we advise to respect cultural sensitivity with regards to the diverse international audience present at the Convention by adequate dress.

  1. 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.

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

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

  1. 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: Elizabeth Miszta at convention-info@iapss.org, for visa, registration, other administrative and media inquiries or Linda Slapakova at convention-panels@iapss.org for abstract, paper and panel related inquiries.


Photo: Kateryna Dyshkantyuk

Photo: Kateryna Dyshkantyuk