What Can You Expect?
Hundreds of students of political science and related disciplines are expected to one of the leading conferences for young political scientists in 2015. An exciting academic and social programme with a broad range of 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 to 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 is divided in 4 time slots of 90 minutes length each. 7 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.
High-profile lectures 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 panels and small-scale lectures running at the same time. A highly interactive environment will enable you and the academic guests to elaborate on concepts, theories and arguments. Selected movie screenings will enrich the programme, and you will have the unique opportunity to discuss the documentaries’ content and background with the directors.
The Social Programme
To quote Franz Kafka: “Prague never lets you go… this dear little mother has sharp claws“. A never sleeping city, thecapital 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 vibrant Convention party, receptions as well as visits to the key political institions of the Czech Republic (during lunch breaks). In addition, a permanent exhibition featuring publishing houses, universities, research institutes and NGOs presenting their work, advertising internship and employment opportunities, informing about study programmes and selling publications in the field of political science and international relations as well as social sciences.
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 programme 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 before all: aseries of planning and strategy workshops. Attendees will be able to discuss programme features of the IAPSS World Congress 2016 in Berlin, pre-determine potential host cities for the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2016, participate in reviewing academic formats, projects and events such as the IAPSS Think Tank and exchange on current challenges of young political scientists across the globe. The day will end with a festive get-together incl. mouthwatering Czech beer for all attendants.
All individual and association members of IAPSS are invited to attend this inspiring and enriching event.
Special Features and Services
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 closure, the winner of the second IAPSS Award for Academic Excellency will be announced!
How Much Is It?
You can chose from two ticket categories, with a early bird tickets available until June 30!
Ticket Category 1) participation in the Convention (September 21 – 24): 80.00 EUR (until June 30) | 90.00 EUR(from July 1)
Ticket Category 2) participation in both the Convention and the IAPSS General Assembly (September 21 – 25):85.00 EUR (until June 30) | 95.00 EUR (from July 1)
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 notcover travel or visa costs.
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 Dresden (Germany), Brno (Czech Republic), Nuremberg and Munich (both 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 inter-European 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 transit as many times as you want within the time period for which your pass is valid. Find an overview of available passes here.
Discounts with selected airlines will be published here by early summer 2015.
Prague offers a large variety of uncounted lodging options, withCHEAP 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.
Discounts with selected hostels will be published here by early summer 2015.
Visa invitations are available for those in need for a Schengen Tourist Visa. 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 (requires payment). Please indicate in the registration form that you are in need of a visa and get in touch with our Congress Management at email@example.com with a digital copy of your passport. We will then get back to you in due time!
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 20 – 30% of individual travel costs. We therefore encourage you to start searching for other third-party funds at an early stage.
All selected panelists are eligible for travel grant application. The online application form is available here. Applications must be made until June 30, 2015. The grant distribution is solely based on panelists’ expenses which include costs for travel, accommodation, visa and registration fees, and is double checked regarding the correctness of indicated costs.
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Questions & Inquiries?
for visa, registration, other administrative and media inquiries: Andrea Kovarova at firstname.lastname@example.org
for academic programme and partnership inquiries: Filipa Brandao at email@example.com
for abstract, paper and panel related inquiries: Vit Simral at firstname.lastname@example.org
for IAPSS General Assembly and IAPSS Membership inquiries: Andrea Kovarova at email@example.com
for travel grant and payment related inquiries: Catherine Mackay at firstname.lastname@example.org