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Scientific Student’s Associations Conference (TDK)
The Scientific Student’s Associations Conference, TDK (in Hungarian: Tudományos Diákköri Konferencia) is an annual contest organized by the Corvinus University of Budapest usually during the spring semester. The TDK offers an open platform for the works of students seeking to gain academic knowledge beyond the regular curriculum. Supervisors facilitate the process of preparing the papers. Similarly to academic conferences, students present their papers in sections. Papers and presentations are evaluated by a professional jury based on certain norms and criterias that apply to general scientific publications. The aim of TDK is to facilitate the authors’ professional and scholar developments and for them to develop academic thinking and style of reasoning.
Main information and instructions about the TDK
The TDK movement has a long history at Corvinus University of Budapest. Every year, around 300 students conduct individual research and write a paper to compete with their peers. For a couple of years, we opened the TDK movement to international students, too.
Participants on the conference can be (given that they haven’t received a university leaving certificate during the time of the Conference):
1. students and auditors of Corvinus University of Budapest,
2. members of any vocational college accredited by the Corvinus University of Budapest, if
     a. holding active student status at any Hungarian academic institute; and
     b. haven’t received a University Leaving Certificate during the time of TDK.

TDK is organized by the University Council of Student Research Societies, ETDT (in Hungarian: Egyetemi Tudományos Diákköri Tanács) with the contribution of sections’ secretary and the TDK Office.
Due to the current epidemic situation, TDK is held online.
Official hompage of TDK (in English) is:
You can reach ETDT for further information at:

It is no need to fill and submit any statement besides the TDK paper

Important dates and deadlines

registration deadline27st March (Tuesday), 2023, 23:59
deadline of paper submission17th April (Monday), 2023, 16:00
period of oral rounds15th–19th May (Monday–Friday), 2023
award ceremony and closing gala25th May (Thursday), 2023, 11:00


Participation in TDK is bound to registration. 
Applying for registration is done through an online registration platform (TDK online platform).
The following information is needed for registration:

  • The supervisor;
  • Preparatory title of the paper;
  • Suggested sections (discussion with the supervisor on which section to choose; the decision will be finalized by the University Council of Student Research Societies, ETDT);
  • ABSTRACT of the paper, CONSISTING OF MINIMUM 500, MAXIMUM 2500 CHARACTERS SPACE INCLUDED, REGARDLESS OF THE FIELD OF RESEARCH. The structure of the abstract should follow the academic nature applied on the paper, or should briefly summarize the following aspects:

              1. academic research question(s);
              2. introduction of the applied research method;
              3. when submitting the paper the finalized abstract should contain the brief description of the individual results as well (maximum 500 characters).

Attention! Some important information for the registration:

  • Please registrate via Windows or Android operational system instead of Mac/iOS system, you can register with Firefox (Mozilla) browser from Apple, iPhone devices
  • In case of the papers with co-authors the paper is enough to be registrated by one of the authors (only this author receives a message from the system about the registration)
  • The submission of an abstract with minimum 500, maximum 2500 characters takes also part of the registration
  • The title and the abstract of the paper could be modified after the registration

The registration is closed on 27st March (Tuesday) at 23:59

Registration in case of a joint authorship

In case of papers with co-authors, it is no need each author to register their personal data on the TDK’s online platform.
A joint piece of paper needs to be registered with only one of the author’s name. Then the registered author can add other authors. Then they can search for the name(s) of the co-author(s) from the already registered users and add them.
Falsely selected co-authors can only be deleted by the organizers of TDK during the same period.

Selecting sections

The list of available sections will be released on this homepage, under the ‘Sections in English’ accordion, from which the sections should be chosen.
The applications will be forwarded to the Head Secretary assigned to the given section. In addition, the TDK coordinators will modify the section of the paper based on the content of the abstracts. In this case, the author(s) will be informed which section they are assigned to.

Sections in English

A TDK is organized based on sections. In the academic year 2022–2023 the following sections are open for papers submitted and presented in English:

  1. Business studies
  2. Communication and media science
  3. Digital marketing
  4. Economics
  5. Financial markets
  6. Health economics, policy and financing
  7. Inequalities in a historical perspective
  8. International relations
  9. Issues of energy management and water management
  10. Philosophy
  11. Public policy and management
  12. Sociology
  13. World economy and Europe

Please, select that section at the Primary (most appropriate) section menu indicated in the invitation of the certain section, in which your tender fits the best. Under Secondary section and Tertiary section you have to indicate which further two sections that is not included in the list, would cover the topic of your tender the more (or less).

Business studies

Institutional unit: Department of Business Studies
We welcome papers to the section from many areas of business sciences with particular regard to the field of business economics, international business economics, business policy, strategic management, market analysis, competitiveness, sports management, knowledge management, corporate governance, and firm theories. You can find the primary supervisors below, but you are free to contact the instructors with your own ideas. We welcome all types of research, from quantitative to qualitative to mixed. We encourage everyone to proactively contact the instructors with additional questions or contact the section secretary.

Kapcsolódó elérhetőségek

Pistrui Bence László Rektori Szervezet / Vállalkozás és Innováció Intézet / Üzleti Gazdaságtan Tanszék
Egyetemi tanársegéd, PhD Hallgató / Assistant Lecturer, PhD Student
E épület, 123.2
Phone: +36 1 482 5520 • Ext: 5520
supervisorsrecommended topics

Communication and media science

Institutional unit: Department of Communication and Media Science
The section invites any empirical or theoretical research on how the media reflects, represents and influences the world; and language and human communications in all kinds of environment and context – by using scientific approaches from the fields of communication and media studies, linguistics or social psychology. Accordingly, the section is open (but is not limited to) papers in the following areas: social, corporate or public communication, language and human communication, psychology of communication, education, media and new media, marketing communication, media literacy, persuasion and rhetoric, framing, verbal and visual metaphor.

Kapcsolódó elérhetőségek

supervisorsrecommended topics
Eszter, DELIVisual rhetoric: pictorial communication, advertising, visuality within news production, film analysis
Media rhetoric: speech analysis, political rhetoric, campaign communication, fallacies
New media communication: surveillance culture, cyber bullying, new media literacy, media convergence
Attila, FORGÁCSImage research
Andrea, KÁRPÁTIFashion communication and current social issues: an evolving synergy
Social media in exhibition communication: making the museum experience popular and relevant
Communicating culture in the 21st century: multimedia, AR, VR and beyond
Réka, BENCZESFraming, metaphor and metonymy in verbal/visual communication
Categories in language and thought
Veronika, PELLENew media and new media literacy: digital competences, generational differences, digital parenting, media-optimistic and media-pessimistic paradigms
Media education: challenges and possibilities in and outside of school
Individual choice of topic based on consultation

Digital marketing

Institutional unit: Department of Digital Marketing
The section welcomes all papers that examine the digital aspects of marketing: the spread of online technologies, an innovative approach to the planning, implementation and evaluation of a digital marketing strategy; online customer behavior and related decisions, omnichannel marketing; current content reflecting the challenges of digital marketing, which appear, for example, in the digital marketing activities of small and medium-sized companies or marketing agencies.

Kapcsolódó elérhetőségek

Kemény Ildikó Rektori Szervezet / Marketing- és Kommunikációtudományi Intézet / Digitális Marketing Tanszék
Egyetemi Docens / Associate Professor
E épület, 359
Phone: +36 1 482 5252 • Ext: 5252
supervisorsrecommended topics


Institutional unit: Institute of Economics
We welcome papers to this section in which authors make research in theoretical and/or empirical economics. There is no further specification, any area of economics is welcome.

Kapcsolódó elérhetőségek

Dr. Kuncz Izabella Közgazdaságtan Intézet
Adjunktus / Assistant Professor
E épület, 219
Phone: +36 1 482 5148 • Ext: 5148
supervisorsrecommended topics
Éva, BERDEDemographic elements of economic growth
Price discrimination in Budapest Fitness Centers
The microeconomics of the gig economy (sharing economy)
Labor market situation of those who are older than 55
The present and the future of MOOC education
László, CSATÓRanking methods in sport and other fields
Klára, MAJOREmpirics and theory of real business cycles
Investment and financial uncertainties
Exchange rates and financial globalization
Péter, MIHÁLYIUnderstanding endogenous economic growth (Nobel prize, 2018)
The role of education, knowledge and skills in economic growth
The relationship between health status and economic development levels (regional comparisons)
András Olivér, NÉMETHEconomics and economic policy of growth
Péter, TALLOSDifference and differential equations with applications in economics

Financial markets

Institutional unit: Institute of Finance
We welcome papers to this track in which authors make research in empirical and/or theoretical finance. There is no further specification, any area of financial markets is welcome. The professors of the faculty provided some research topics below, however any other research agenda is welcome. This is only a short list to inspire you. Although you can choose other topics and other supervisors as well. Please have a look on our department homepage and the profiles of the colleagues.

Secretary of the section

Dr. Králik Balázs Rektori Szervezet / Pénzügy Intézet / Befektetések
Mesteroktató II. / Master Lecturer II.
E épület, 279
Phone: +36 1 482 5468 • Ext: 5468
recommended topics
Empirical Asset Pricing
Anomalies on stock markets
Exchange rates and financial globalization
Uncertainites of financial markets
Event analysis

Health economics, policy and financing

Institutional unit: Department of Health Policy
Student papers dealing with any topic related to health economics, pharmacoeconomics, financing healthcare systems, health policy in any country are welcomed.

Kapcsolódó elérhetőségek

Beretzky Zsuzsanna Rektori Szervezet / Társadalom- és Politikatudományi Intézet / Egészségpolitika Tanszék
Adjunktus / Assistant Professor
C épület, 533
supervisorsrecommended topics
Valentin, BRODSZKYPharmacoeconomic modelling. Analysis of disease related costs.
Fanni, RENCZHealth preference research, time trade-off, EQ-5D, questionnaire development and validation
Zsuzsanna, BERETZKYInformal care in chronic conditions, Cost of illness and quality of life
Peter, BALÁZSUtility assessment, willingness to pay, systematic reviews

Inequalities in a historical perspective

Institutional unit: Department of Communication and Media Science
This section welcomes research papers, analytical descriptions, and comparative or case studies of inequality issues, global or local, in any historical era, from the ‘caveman’ till yesterday. A significant share of today’s human population does not have full access to basic needs of life, fresh air, potable water, sufficient food, and housing. Proper health-care and education are even less accessible for many. There are considerable inequalities in wealth and income, economic and social circumstances, and access to diverse infrastructures, including communication and media. Thus, inequality is the most crucial issue that social sciences, arts and humanities should explore. The historical perspective provides a deeper understanding of the present for setting the future.

Kapcsolódó elérhetőségek

supervisorsrecommended topics

International relations

Institutional unit: Department of International Relations
International relations section welcomes papers on inter-state relations, on the role of IOs (universal and/or regional) and other non-state actors in the international system or on impacts of global challenges on international affairs. We invite papers presenting original theoretical and empirical research work in the field of IR, focusing on foreign policy analysis, area studies, security studies or dilemmas of international law.

Kapcsolódó elérhetőségek

dr. Lehoczki Bernadett Judit Rektori Szervezet / Globális Tanulmányok Intézet / Nemzetközi Kapcsolatok Tanszék
Egyetemi docens / Associate Professor
C épület, 405
Phone: +36 1 482 7311 • Ext: 7311
recommended topics
multipolarity in the international system
emerging powers in international relations
area studies
challenges of international organisations, international law and human rights in the 21st century
global challenges (poverty, inequality, migration, climate change, diseases, etc.)

Issues of energy management and water management

Institutional unit: Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research
The section covers the entire spectrum of research topics of the announcing organizational unit. Water and energy management are both public services, with many similarities and many differences, with a wide range of applicable regulatory solutions and many connection points in the direction of environmental protection, sustainability, technological development or even business life. Accordingly, within the section, we are also open to a wide range of topics related to water and energy management.

ENERGY MANAGEMENT: The energy economy section covers a wide range of topics related to the energy sector. In our section, we welcome papers analyzing the current affairs of the electricity, gas, oil or heat markets either at the European level, regionally or domestically. The focus of theses can be the analysis of global, European or regional trends, the transformation of markets and the adaptation strategies of sector companies. It is also a suitable choice of topic if the thesis focuses on the illumination of the background of a domestic policy decision, the analysis of an industry segment or even the strategy of a specific company operating in the energy sector.

WATER MANAGEMENT – From tap water to flood: Water in the 21st century is considered a strategic element, there is increasing interest in it, and the social effects resulting from the lack of water and the tilting of predictable environmental conditions are increasingly coming to the fore in connection with climate change. Despite this, the established, classic tools of economics often play a limited role in shaping policy responses to water challenges. That is why we want to attract people interested in this topic.
We are looking for theses that reflect on the challenges through some aspect of the water economy (such as climate change, increasing demands for clean drinking water supplies, pollution of supplies, demographic changes, migration within or across countries…). An appropriate choice of topic is also if the thesis elaborates on the background and impact of a domestic policy decision, or analyzes and explores processes from the point of view of a company / consumer group.

Kapcsolódó elérhetőségek

Ungvári Gábor Rektori Szervezet / Regionális Energiagazdasági Kutatóközpont
Kutató / Researcher
E épület, 117.1
Phone: +36 1 482 5153 • Ext: 5153
supervisorsrecommended topics


Institutional unit: Department of Political Sciences
We are looking forward to papers with a theoretical, systematic and historical discussion of social reality. We also expect topics that take philosophy in a broad sense, political philosophy, and religious studies. We place great emphasis on conceptual analysis, the examination of meaning transformations, and historical and systematic discussion, which can include ethical, aesthetic, logical, art theory, and theological aspects.

Kapcsolódó elérhetőségek

Dr. Hoppál Bulcsú Kál Rektori Szervezet / Társadalom- és Politikatudományi Intézet / Politikatudományi Tanszék
Egyetemi Docens / Associate Professor
C épület, 508
Phone: +36 1 482 7388 • Ext: 7388
supervisorsrecommended topics

Public policy and management

Institutional unit: Department of Public Policy
We welcome papers to the section which study the actors, institutions, processes, mechanism and decisionmaking on different levels (national, regional, European) of governance, and in the public or nonprofit sector in a broad sense, or any public policy area, or policy measure from theoretical or practical perspective applying scientific approaches from the field of economics, public policy, political science, sociology, management studies and other fields of social sciences.

Kapcsolódó elérhetőségek

supervisorsrecommended topics
Attila BARTHAWelfare policy reforms
Development policy and well being
Economic policy and institutions
Corruption and governance
Sándor CSENGŐDINetwork industry and departmental regulation
Role of the State in encouraging research, development and innovation
Subvention of SMEs and competitiveness
Effective implementation of public functions of the State
Planning and evaluation of public policies
György HAJNALReforms, structures, and problems of government and governance on subnational and national levels
Europeanization of national administrations and policies
Policy processes and policy problems
Any of the research topics of Professor Hajnal: latest list of publications is available here:
Márton UGRÓSDYPerformance management in public organizations


Institutional unit: Department of Sociology

Kapcsolódó elérhetőségek

Dr. Vicsek Lilla Mária Rektori Szervezet / Társadalom- és Politikatudományi Intézet / Szociológia Tanszék
Egyetemi docens / Associate Professor
C épület, 525
recommended topics
Analysis of a social problem with social or development political relevance (e.g. poverty, ethnic conflicts, deviance, segregation) – or critical analysis and/or empirical test of an important sociological theory, approach.

World economy and Europe

Institutional unit: Department of World Economy
Section World Economy and Europe welcomes all interested in the Scientific Student Conference, and particularly in the fields of world economy and Europe. Hence, in topics related to international trade and finance, international development (development economics), international corporations, international banking organisations; European Union and its member states, regions and alliances within Europe; issues and phenomena of high actuality like digitalisation, industry 4.0, migration, populism, resource curse, COVID-19, Russian-Ukrainian war etc. in an economic and/or European context. With regard to the type of study, all methodologically grounded initiatives are accepted from theoretical to empirical papers. The associates of the Department of World Economy would gladly help as supervisors in case of inquiry (see availabilities and research topic propositions below). For further questions, please contact Section Secretary, Sejla ALMADI.

Secretary of the section

Dr. Almadi Sejla Rektori Szervezet / Globális Tanulmányok Intézet / Világgazdasági Tanszék
Egyetemi Adjunktus / Assistant Professor
C épület, 401
Phone: +36 1 482 7425 • Ext: 7425
supervisorsrecommended topics
Sejla ALMADISelf-fulfilling prophecies and other psychological factors in international economy and politics
Organisational behaviour at international corporations
National and corporate level competitiveness
France’s political, economic, social phenomena
István BENCZESEuropean Economic Governance
Euro introduction in Hungary
Judit BURUCSRetail Savings in developing countries (a developing country)
Banking Challenge in Western Balkan
Viktória ENDRŐDI-KOVÁCSEconomy of Western Balkan countries, their accession processes to the EU
Investment strategies of MNEs
Internaional Corporate Strategies
Effects of Foreign Direct Investments
István KOLLAIResponses to the crises of globalization in CEE
Culture heritage, as a source of economic development
Varieties of capitalism in CEE
Gábor MIKLÓSRegionalisation in world economy, analysis of regionalisation pursuits (ASEAN, CETA, NAFTA, etc.)
Norbert SZIJÁRTÓEconomic governance in the European Union
Covid-19 crisis and the European Union
Ágnes SZUNOMÁREmerging market multinationals in developing countries
Economic development in East Asia
Chinese economic footprint in Central and Eastern Europe
András TÉTÉNYIMeeting the sustainable development goals by 2030
Competitiveness and its determinants
Gábor VÍGVÁRIPolitical economy of international trade and of the trading system
International political economy of globalization, nation state, cooperation
Governance in the EU

Rules regarding the supervisor

Participation at the TDK is based on consultations.

  1. Supervisors facilitate the preparation of the paper. Any person owning a master degree (MSc/MA) could be chosen as Supervisor.
  2. The process of choosing a Supervisor should be arranged registration.
  3. Supervisors receive a notification in email about the author’s registration they would mentor. Supervisors can decline the request within 3 days from the day of receiving the notification. In case of declining the request, the author could name another Supervisor within three working days. Again, the new Supervisor will be notified about the request via email. If the author(s) don’t name a new Supervisor, or the second request is declined within three working days, the registration is deemed invalid.

Requirements regarding the paper

Content, basic requirements

Participating in the TDK is by submitting a paper based on an individual research study beyond the regular curriculum.
Acceptable papers are those, that haven’t been published, or submitted as a thesis for master degree, or TDK paper before. 
A developed version of a Thesis prepared for a Bachelor degree is acceptable, if it hasn’t been published before (on platforms like TDK or other academic publications). In this case, a clear indication of the history of the paper is mandatory.
The paper must contain the usual elements of an academic paper: 

  1. At the beginning of the paper, the Introduction part contains the research question;
  2. Provides the research model and/or methods explicitly;
  3. At the end of the paper, the research question is answered.This section also summarizes the new and innovative scientific findings in a thesis-like manner.

When submitting the paper each and every author claims and accepts the followings: 

  1. The authors accept the vocational and ethical guideline of the TDK, Corvinus University of Budapest.
  2. They bear full responsibility over the authorship and originality of the content of their paper. The responsibility applies to all authors equally.
  3. The authors claim the originality of the paper. They claim that the paper doesn’t match with the work of other author(s), submitted to other sections, nor any other TDK paper in general; nor a thesis submitted and defended for Master degree; nor any academic writing, published or under publication.
  4. The submitted paper  is the finalized version, meaning it cannot be modified after submitting.
  5. All contestants and professors involved can access the submitted paper through TDK’s online platform .

Text, formatting, structural requirements

The paper’s suggested range of content (from the first page of the Introduction part to the last page of the Summary) for papers covering topics within the field of:

  • Economics: max. 80 pages (no minimal limit) 
  • Social Sciences: max. 60 (min. 20) pages: 20–40 pages + the non-content parts of the paper (Front page, Table of Contents, References, Appendix) with the range of max. 20 pages
  • Geography, Regional and Sustainable Deveopment, Mathematics: max. 60 pages (no minimal limit)
  • Agricultural economics: max. 50 (min. 25.) pages

A4 format, with a margin size 2.5 cm. 
The title ‘Scientific Student’s Associations Conference’ should be written on the front page with the font size 14, as well as the title of the paper, date, name of the author(s), faculty, study program, year and the name of the supervisor. 
Font: Times New Roman; font size: 12 pt; paragraph and line spacing: 1.5; justification 
The page number should be set on the bottom of the page in the middle; starting with the Introduction page with number 1. 
All figures, tables and appendices should be numbered and given titles to. The number, title and source need to be written under each figure (or table). 
All subtitles and subcaptions should be signed with decimal numbers (I. First level of heading; I.2. Second level of heading; I.2.3. Third level of heading). 
In order to highlight some parts of the content (only within reasonable framework) should be done by using cursive (italic) text. Authors should abstain from using bold text (apart from the titles, subtitles) from underlining the text, or applying any other forms of highlighting. 
Tables, figures and other documents, illustrating the concept of the paper, although not serving the essence of the paper, should be included in the Appendix. 
Structure of paper:

  • Cover page
  • Table of contents (list of figures and tables are not necessary)
  • Introduction
  • Chapters of Contents (a possible example for it: theoretical background, research method, results, evaluation of results)
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Appendix

Submitting the paper

The paper should be uploaded in electronic form on the TDK online registration platform. There is no need to print the paper, although it cannot be modified after submitted!
The jury only accepts structurally appropriate papers, received on time. There is no need for the supervisor’s statement. If the author submits his/her paper, yet the supervisor doesn’t support his/her participation in the TDK contest, the supervisor should inform the ETDT in email.
The authors(s) claim full publicity over their work.
Submitted TDK papers are public. All contestants and professors involved can access the submitted papers through TDK’s online platform.
The authors bear full responsibility over the authorship and originality of the content of the paper. The responsibility applies to all authors equally.

Consideration period

After receiving the submitted paper the TDK Office forwards them to the section secretaries. They assign two members for review, whose task is to evaluate the paper with a score ranking from 0–30 based on specific criterias on the format and content. The person for review raises two questions regarding the topic of the paper in a composed inscription, to which the author would answer at the oral conference before a committee. If the sum of scores given by both members of review doesn’t reach 36, then the author of the paper cannot participate at the oral conference. Authors can access the obtained reviews. When they reach the minimal score of 36, they can further on prepare for the oral conference based on the six highest ranking. 
The committee’s review will be available on the registrational platform (each participant will be able to find their own at their paper).
The Students Scientific Committee can sanction with disqualification those who:

  • submit the same paper to more than one section in the same year;
  • the same paper has been previously published, served as a thesis for Master Degree or submitted as a former TDK paper; 
  • plagiarize (e.g. submitting another author’s paper)

Oral (Vocal) Round

The oral rounds will be organized between the 9th and 13th of May 2022.
At least one author needs to attend at the oral conference. If none of the authors present themselves at the oral round, then they will receive 0 score for that round. In case it is foreseeable that they cannot attend for any particular reason, then one of the authors should inform the competent section secretary. If they resign from the oral participation and the number of papers are less than six, the section secretary should choose the next one in the rank of declined papers. 
Each contestant will be provided with no more than 15 minutes to present his/her paper. They can use the time to unfold and specify major thesis statements, or introduce new findings. In the following 10 minutes it’s time for the committee to ask them questions. 
The committee’s evaluation is based on the oral assessment criterias. Then the jury establishes the rank from the contestants and announces the results.


The final score of the paper is the sum of scores received from the jury at the oral round and the scores reached at the written test. The final scores will eventually give the finalized rank of papers.
Authors nominated at the I., II. and III. places will be honoured with a financial reward. 
Authors of the papers receive their award certificates at the award ceremony. The proposed date of the ceremony is: 25th of May, 2023, 11.00 
The TDK Office can provide a written document certifying the author’s results on the TDK contest.

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