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The 2020 NISPAcee On-line Conference for PhD Students / Call for applications

György Hajnal, President of NISPAcee, draws the attention of PhD students to an extraordinary professional opportunity.

The NISPAcee Annual Conference 2020 has been cancelled because of the current Corona Virus pandemic and will not be re-organised this year. However, some on-line NISPAcee activities are scheduled to support the communication between the public administration and policy community in Central and Eastern Europe.This online conference aims at fostering and strengthening high quality research of PhD students and young researchers. The conference will serve as a platform for the exchange, communication, consultation and presentation of research work performed by participating PhD students, presentation of their research findings and providing the opportunity to publish their final research papers.

Target group:

PhD students and young researchers will be mainly from, but not limited to the NISPAcee region. PhD students with relevant papers from other parts of the world are also welcome.

PhD students who were accepted for the originally planned NISPAcee Annual Conference 2020 to be held in Split in May 2020, and also other interested PhD students, are invited to apply to participate in this on–line conference. It would not only be possible to deliver presentations of papers originally accepted for the NISPAcee Annual Conference 2020, but also to prepare new presentations on actual public administration and public policy topics.
Applicants may be of any nationality.

Output – Publication:

All presented papers will be published in the conference e-proceedings published by NISPAcee Press. All authors will be responsible for language and technical editing of their own papers based on the NISPAcee Manuscript Guidelines

Online application with paper proposals:

Deadline: October 8, 2020
Interested PhD students are invited to apply via an on-line application.


PhD students already selected for the Split conference also have to apply for this on-line conference via the above link, but they will be accepted automatically. Applications from other students will have to pass a selection procedure.

Application requirements:

• Register in the NISPAcee database or update their personal profile in the personal user account.
• Complete the On-line Application with a paper proposal.
• Upload an abstract of a paper proposal (max. 3600 characters including spaces).
• Upload current CV in the personal user account (max 2 MB)

All in the English language.

Conference format:

The conference for doctoral students will be organised with technical support by the Higher School of Economics, Moscow via ZOOM Platform.

Participation process:

The link will be sent to all accepted participants prior to the event.


1-day online conference with 4 sessions chaired by the two appointed Chairs. All sessions will be open to all participants. The precise time of the individual sessions will be settled based on the selection of participants and their respective time zones.


Each paper presentation will take app. 20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion.
Participants will present drafts of their papers – methodology, status of their research, preliminary findings and discussions. Presented papers will be finalised by authors after the conference. All participants will have the opportunity to listen to and discuss all presented papers.

Final papers will have to be completed based on feedback from the conference Chairs and other participants, and uploaded into the conference application module by end of January 2021.

Dates and deadlines:

Deadline for applications: October 8, 2020
Review and selection of applications: October 14, 2020
On-line Conference for PhD Students: October 29, 2020
Submission of final papers: January 31, 2021
Publication of conference e-proceedings: February 2021


The participation for accepted PhD students is free. No fee will be charged.  

Link to the official call:

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