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International Association for Political Science Students

The International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) is the international association for political science students and students interested in political science issues. The association is politically independent, non-profit and student-run. It executes programs and services worldwide and aims to have global impact in the international political science sphere.

International Association for Political Science Students
IAPSS Logo.png
Logo of the association
Abbreviation IAPSS
Formation 1998
Type International Student's Association
Legal status Association
Purpose Educational / Academic
Headquarters Nijmegen, Netherlands
Region served
Student Associations / Individuals
Official language
Kateryna Dyshkantyuk
Main organ
General Assembly

IAPSS sees itself as an umbrella organization for local, regional and national political science student associations and offers a wide range of political science programs and services for both association and individual members. It hosts a number of international political science conferences, study trips and a summer school each year - exclusively dedicated to the promotion of political science students knowledge development, their scientific research and publications. The IAPSS own journal POLITIKON and the online-blog A Different View publish student works on a regular base. Half-a-dozen official IAPSS delegations are sent to major political science conventions and congresses annually. Academic panels at IAPSS' conferences are exclusively designed for the presentation of research projects from political science undergraduates, graduates and post-graduates. Members receive a comprehensive online collection of relevant opportunities from the political science sphere twice a month. An online career center provides one of the largest collection of political science related data, information and websites as well as an introduction to the discipline itself.[1]



The idea of a permanent international political science students' network was first discussed in 1996, when students from Leiden University visited colleagues in Rome. The first IAPSS General Assembly was held in Leiden, the Netherlands, in 1998, where the Association was founded and legally registered.

During the following years, IAPSS evolved from a network to an institutionalized governing body. In 2003 a permanent seat was established as the association's headquarters in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2004, the first annual "Executive Committee" (ExCom) was elected, coordinating programs and services on various levels directly from the Slovenian capital. By 2005, the incorporation of a new association in Slovenia was finalized and succeeded the previous Dutch based body. Due to internal measures of centralization and its proximity to the EU's capital Brussels, IAPSS is reloacting its headquarters to Nijmegen, the Netherlands, by May 1, 2013. Based on a resolution taken by the 16th General Assembly 2013 in Rome, Italy, the realization of all portfolio programs will be coordinated from IAPSS' new permanent seat, located at Radboud University Nijmegen.[2] The headquarters' relocation was accompanied with a full revision of the statues and internal regulations of the association.

As by 2013, IAPSS has embraced more than 80 political science student associations and more than 15,000 students from over 60 different countries from Europe, Asia and Latin America, North America and Africa. It holds active relationships with other major political science associations including the International Political Science Association (IPSA),[3] the International Studies Association (ISA), and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)[4] as well as a range of student-run associations from around the globe such as the Association des États Généraux des Étudiants de l'Europe (AEGEE) and the Young Transatlantic Initiative (YTI).


IAPSS maintains a system of multi-level membership, including associations and ordinary individual members (both with voting rights) and selected honorary and alumni members. Annual elections select the different governing bodies:

  • the General Assembly (GA): composed by all the association and individual members as well as honorary and alumni members (the two latter without the right of vote), it decides on the guidelines and annual framework of the association, elects the other bodies and decides on statute changes, the annual budget as well as proposals from members and policy resolutions.
  • the Executive Committee (ExCom): composed by seven members of at least three different nationalities (president, secretary general, treasurer and 4 regular board members) is the executive body of the Association, it executes IAPSS' annual agenda and portfolio including a range of large-scale conferences, publications, delegations and other membership services. The ExCom is responsible to realize all resolutions and decisions taken by the General Assembly;
  • the Supervisory Committee (SupCom): composed by three members of different nationalities, monitors the work of ExCom and overviews the financial administration of the Association.


Annual Conference & General AssemblyEdit

The Annual Conference and General Assembly (AC/GA) is the principal event of the association and is held yearly. It is organized by one of the association members, elected by the GA itself.

The AC/GA is divided in two parts: the annual conference, made up of panels, seminars, lectures and debates, on a specific theme regarding political science, chosen by the association member which organizes the AC/GA; and the General Assembly which discusses and approves guidelines and elects the IAPSS bodies for the next legislative term. The event usually takes place in a country's capital or major town and lasts 5–6 days. From 2013 onwards, two IAPSS General Assemblies are held annually, with a spring and an autumn edition.

16th IAPSS general assembly 2013, Rome, Italy
Year City Title
1998   Leiden The Foundation Conference
1999   Oslo European Security beyond 2000
2000   Debrecen Nations and Minorities
2001   Rome Humankind and Globalisation
2002   Bucharest New Europe: The Quest for Identity and Legitimacy
2003   Ljubljana New Wind
2004   Marburg Good Knowledge: Education as an Object of Trade
2005   Moscow The End of the Transition Paradigm
2006   Amsterdam Global Crime
2007   Amsterdam Globalising Citizenship
2008   Thessaloniki The Future of Governance in the 21st Century
2009   Ljubljana The Future of Political Science
2010   Leiden Water Politics
2011   Lisbon World Leadership
2012   Bremen The States they are A-changing[5]
2013   Rome Global Justice
2013   Bucharest Collective Action Problems in the Contemporary World[6]
2014   Nijmegen Universality of Human Rights in the 21st Century
2015   Prague New Threats to Security
2017   Quito Human Mobility
2017   Bremen Truth and Politics

World Congress for Political Science StudentsEdit

Large demand and the internationalization of the association led towards the installation of an annual World Congress for Political Science Students, as IAPSS' largest event to take place in spring on an annual base. The 1st World Congress was held in 2014 and incorporated a large-scale international political science conference and an IAPSS General Assembly.

Year City Title
2014   Thessaloniki The Limits to Global Governance[7]
2015   London Cooperation, Conflict and Security
2016   Berlin Challenging Democracy
2017   Budapest The Meaning of Politics
2018   Paris Diversity and Globalisation

Academic ConferencesEdit

Aside from the AC/GA, IAPSS organizes several international conferences throughout the year on political science issues. It is organized by one of the association members, elected by the GA, and focusses exclusively on the examination of a selected political science topic, the promotion of student research projects and inputs of academic, civil and political actors from the political science arena.

Year City Title
2006   Trieste Non-violence: history, politics, rights, international value?
2007   Cluj-Napoca Sovereignty in a globalizing world
2008   Rome The Giant's rise
2009   Belgrade Stand up for peace
2011   Thessaloniki European Identity
2013   Budva Challenges to the Global Political Economy [8][9]

Other eventsEdit

Year City Type Title
2000   Marburg IAPSS Regional Conference Post Cold War Europe
2001   Bucharest IAPSS Regional Conference The Bridges Network
2002   Ljubljana IAPSS Regional Conference Good Morning Terrorism
2003   Reykjavík IAPSS Regional Conference Globalization and National Identity
2004   Helsinki IAPSS Nordic Conference The Role of Nordic Cooperation in Enlarging Europe
  Cluj-Napoca IAPSS Summer school Reinforcing IAPSS Team
  Leiden IAPSS Regional Conference for Northern Europe European Integration
2005   Bern/Zurich IAPSS Regional Conference Neutrality in International Context: Good, Bad or just Making Rich?
2006   Rome "Old, New and Future Europe" Conferences Europe – Plurality of the Identities
  Ljubljana "Old, New and Future Europe" Conferences Europe in the World
  Bucharest "Old, New and Future Europe" Conferences Further European Enlargement
2007   Ljubljana IAPSS International seminar Youth Bridging the Gap: Reaching out to the Roma
2008   Ljubljana IAPSS Going Green Confronting Energy and Climate Change Policies
IAPSS Member Association SSE Cluj promoting the 2006 Europe Day in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

IAPSS PublicationsEdit


"Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science" (also Politikon) is the principal academic review of the Association. Founded in 2001, it is published quarterly, with a short two-year hiatus from 2009 to 2011, due to a comprehensive redefinition process.

Politikon publishes undergraduate and graduate student articles from around the world. The peer-review and supervision process involves talented junior academics from across the world and abstracts from Politikon are included in the International Political Science Association's (IPSA) Annual International Political Science Abstracts.[10]

A Different ViewEdit

A Different View (also ADV) is the Association's online blog with a critical touch. Founded in 2005 as a monthly online magazine, ADV deals with a wide range of topics including political, social, cultural, economic affairs. It gives undergraduate and graduate students from around the world the opportunity to shed light on the issues that their countries face through the publication of blogposts.

Encuentro LatinoamericanoEdit

Encuentro Latinoamericano (ELA) focuses on politics of, in and about Latin America, with articles published in Spanish, English and Portuguese, and it follows the same format of a double blind peer-review process as Politikon.

Executive CommitteeEdit

The Association is run by an eight-member Executive Committee (ExCom). Executive Committee members coordinate respective departments and are responsible for the execution of the Association's portfolio. From 1999 to 2004, the Chairperson of the Member Association responsible to organize the annual Academic Conference & General Assembly (ACGA) served also as President of the association. From October 1, 2004 these positions were detached, and the IAPSS Executive Committee (ExCom), was established as a permanent board and led by an annually elected president.

The Executive Committee is furthermore assisted by a large number of departmental coordinators who support the board in the execution of its operations.

Participants of the 16th IAPSS General Assembly 2013, Rome, Italy

IAPSS Executive Committee 2017/2018Edit

Position Person
President   Kateryna Dyshkantyuk
Secretary General
Treasurer   Vanessa Pischulti
Head of Academics   Max Steuer
Head of World Congress   Eren Demirbaş
Head of Convention   Alberto Vélez
Head of Events   Farieha Mirzada
Head of International Cooperation and Public Relations   Belén Coya Cruz

IAPSS Presidents since 1998Edit

Year President
1998   Matthijs Luijke
1999   Halvard Leira
2000   Ferenc Pénzes
2001   Alessio Sanguinetti
2002   Claudiu Craciun
2003   Blaž Gorjup
2004   Stefan Cibian
  Cornelia Schöler
2004–2005   Matija Kovač
2005–2006   Yvon Braam
2006–2007   Iana Stantieru
2007–2008   Alexandros Samaras
2008–2009   Alejandro Delmar Injoque
2009–2010   Yoana Balchova
2010–2011   Luca Martinelli
2011–2012   Pedro Manuel Costa
2012–2013   Philipp Aepler
2013–2014   Philipp Aepler
2014–2015   Philipp Aepler
2015–2016   Jannick Burggraaff
2016–2017   Anna-Lisa Wirth
2017–2018   Kateryna Dyshkantyuk

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