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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 theyhaven’t received a university leaving certificate during the time of theConference):
1. students and auditors of Corvinus University of Budapest,
2. members of any students association 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.
3. In case of an open section, all students with active student status at all higher educational institutions in Hungary.
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:


There are 3 statements to fill and submit besides the TDK paper:
  1. Statement of Librarial Access
  2. Declaration about the originality of the TDK paper
  3. Declaration of students’ participation on National Scientific Students’ Associations Conference (OTDK), attending to other institutions
It is no need to submit the Supervisor’s statement

Important dates and deadlines

Date of submission of papers (new!) 12th of April (Monday), 2021, at 16:00
Date of announcing the online rounds 28th of April (Wednesday), 2021
The period of vocal rounds 10–14th of May (Monday–Friday), 2021
Date of the award ceremony and closing gala25th of May (Tuesday), at 11:00


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

  • Author(s)’ personal data (name, major, year, Neptun code, educational identification number (eleven digits), phone number and email address
  • Preparatory title of the paper;
  • ABSTRACT of the paper (resumen), CONSISTING OF MINIMUM 500, MAXIMUM 2500 CHARACTERS SPACE INCLUDED, REGARDLESS OF THE FIELD OF RESEARCH. The structure of the resume 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);

  • Chosen sections (discussion with the supervisor on which section to choose; the decision will be finalized by the University Council of Student Research Societies, ETDT);
  • Name, profession, professional status and email address of the supervisor.

Registration in case of a joint authorship

Each author should 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 under the ‘Dolgozatok’ (= ‘Papers’) setting; after clicking on the name of paper they can select the option ‘Társszerző felvétele’ (= ‘Add co-author’). Then they can search for the name(s) of the co-author(s) from the already registered users and add them.
Co-authors can be only added during the registration period. 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 the homepage, under the ‘Sections in English’ accordion, from which one should be chosen.
The applications will be forwarded to the Head Secretary assigned to the given section, who accepts or declines them based on the content of the resumes. In case of declining the application, it will be forwarded to another section. In this case, the author(s) will be informed. In addition, the TDK coordinators will modify the section category of the paper, so information regarding the data of the paper will be available on this homepage, as well as on the TDK online platform. A preparatory section rank will be released on this homepage, informing the participants which section they are assigned to.

Sections in English

A TDK is organized based on sections. In the academic year 2020–2021 the following sections are open for papers submitted and presented in English:
  1. Applied Econometrics
  2. Communication and media
  3. Economics
  4. Health economics, policy and financing
  5. International relations
  6. Public policy and management
Please, select that section at the ‘Elsődleges (legmegfelelőbb) szekció’ (= ‘Primary (most appropriate) section’) menu indicated in the invitation of the certain section, in which your tender fits the best. Under ‘Másodlagos szekció’ (= ‘Secondary section’) and ‘Harmadlagos szekció’ (= ‘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).

Applied Econometrics

Institutional unit: MNB Intézet
Secretary of the section: Gergely, GÁNICS

  • e-mail:;
supervisorsrecommended topics
Gergely, GÁNICSForecasting with reduced-form and structural models
VAR models: lessons from 2020
Bayesian VARs: prior specification and forecasting performance
Model selection and/or combination methods in practice
Chaoyi CHENAsymmetric exchange rate pass-through
Threshold models in applied macroeconomics
Mixed-frequency (MIDAS) regressions
Long-horizon predictive regressions
Gábor, NESZVEDAEmpirical asset pricing
Géza, SEBESTYÉNValuation of cryptocurrencies
Forecasting the crypto market
Álmos, TELEGDYEmpirical labor economics
Firm dynamics
Balázs, VONNÁKMonetary policy rules: time-variation and international comparison
The financial system at the effective lower bound

Communication and media

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

Dr. Veszelszki Ágnes Kommunikáció és Szociológia Intézet / Kommunikáció- és Médiatudományi Tanszék
Tanszékvezető egyetemi docens / Head of Department, Associate Professor
C épület, 310
Phone: +36 1 482 7358 • Ext: 7358
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


Institutional unit: Department of Macroeconomics
We welcome papers to this track in which authors make research in theoretical and/or empirical economics. There is no further specification, any area of economics is welcome. The professors of the faculty provided some research topics below, however any other research agenda is welcome. The main criteria of this track are to have a clear research question, a sound and reasonable methodology and solid results.
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 homepage and the profiles of the colleagues.

Kapcsolódó elérhetőségek

dr. Sárvári Balázs Közgazdaságtan Intézet
Egyetemi Adjunktus / Assistant Professor
E épület, 225.1
Phone: +36 1 482 5165 • Ext: 5165
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

Health economics, policy and financing

Student papers dealing with any topic related to health economics, pharmacoeconomics, financing healthcare systems, health policy in any country are welcomed.

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

International relations

Institutional unit: Department of International Studies
We welcome papers that focus on contemporary international issues. Foreign relations and activities of states, IGOs, NGOs and further non-state actors (such as transnational communities, media, organised crime groups, terrorist groups, etc.) should be examined from a multi-disciplinary perspective focusing on the post-Cold War era.

Kapcsolódó elérhetőségek

dr. Lehoczki Bernadett Nemzetközi, Politikai és Regionális Tanulmányok Intézet
Egyetemi docens / Associate Professor
C épület, C.515
Phone: +36 1 482 7221 • Ext: 7221
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.)

Public policy and management

Institutional unit: Department of Public Policy and Management
We welcome papers to the section in which authors make a research on

  • 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 on
  • any public policy area, or policy measure from theoretical or practical perspective
  • by using scientific approaches from the field of economics, public policy, political science, sociology, management studies and other fields of social sciences.

Kapcsolódó elérhetőségek

Petrovics Nándor Gazdaság- és Közpolitika Intézet / Közgazdálkodás és Közpolitika Tanszék
Egyetemi tanársegéd / Assistant Lecturer
Központi épület – Fővám tér 8, 275
Phone: +36 1 482 5032 • Ext: 5032
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

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 prior 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 (you can find this document in the attachment and should be submitted in a separate file): 
  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. After submitting the paper, the ETDT will forward 1-1 issues on the accessible directory and supervisory statements found in the attachment.
  6. 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. This year 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. Due to the epidemic situation, this year 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 statement of accessibility needs to be submitted along with the paper. In the accessibility statement authors(s) claim full publicity over their work. This document will be forwarded to the Library.
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 (see : attachment). 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 10th and 24th of May 2021.
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 (see: attachment). 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, 2021, 11.00 
The TDK Office can provide a written document certifying the author’s results on the TDK contest.

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