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International Association for Political Science Students

The International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) is a non-profit and politically independent student and junior scholar organization that acts as a global network for political science students; gathering undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students from almost 100 countries.[1][2][3] Besides its individual members and association members, since 2018 IAPSS has regional branches in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, USA & Canada, and Oceania.

IAPSS hosts a number of international political science conferences, study trips and a summer school each year dedicated to the professional development of political science students and junior scholars. It has two journals (IAPSS Politikon; Encuentro Latinoamericano) and an online blog called A Different View.


The idea of a permanent international political science students' network was first discussed in 1996, when students from Leiden University visited their 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 became an institutionalized governing body. In 2003, the headquarters were established 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. IAPSS relocated its headquarters to Nijmegen in 2013 and returned to be a Dutch-registered NGO. Based on a resolution taken by the 16th General Assembly 2013 in Rome, Italy, the realization of all portfolio programs are now coordinated from IAPSS' permanent seat, located at Radboud University Nijmegen. The headquarters' relocation was accompanied by a full revision of the statutes and internal regulations of the association.

Currently, IAPSS has more than 600 individual members and 10 association members from almost 100 different countries from all over the world. It holds active relationships with other major political science associations including the International Political Science Association (IPSA), and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) as well as a range of student-run associations from around the globe such as Young Diplomats. IAPSS also has a partnership with the Asia-Europe Foundation and POLITICO Europe and delegations are sent yearly to the International Studies Association (ISA).


IAPSS maintains a system of multi-level membership, including associations and individual members. Annual elections select the different governing bodies:

  • the General Assembly (GA): composed by all the association and individual members, 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 the President, Secretary General, Treasurer, Head of the Academic Department, Head of the World Congress, Head of Events, Head of the Academic Convention, Head of the International Cooperation and Public Relations Department 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, it monitors the work of the ExCom and overviews the financial administration of the Association.

The Executive CommitteeEdit

The ExCom 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 and General Assembly (ACGA) served also as President of the association. From 1 October 2004, these positions were detached and the IAPSS ExCom were established as a permanent board led by an annually elected president. The Excom is assisted by departmental coordinators who support the board in the execution of its operations.

Executive Committee 2019/2020Edit

Position Person
President Tobias Scholz
Secretary General Justin Patrick
Treasurer Piet Flintrop
Vice President for Academics Ksenia Iliuk
Vice President for Programs Jennifer Yi
Vice President for Public Relations Axel Nordenstam
Vice President for Regional Affairs Rose Smith

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
2018-2019 Kateryna Dyshkantyuk

(resigned November 2018)

2018-2019 Tobias Scholz
2019-2020 Tobias Scholz


IAPSS offers its members a broad range of congresses, conventions, winter/summer schools and study trips. Until 2015 the Annual Conference and General Assembly had been the principal event of the association, held yearly and organized by the members of the association. In 2015, the Annual Conference was replaced by the IAPSS World Congress.

Currently, IAPSS organises at least two academic conferences annually. The biggest conference, the IAPSS World Congress, is held in a different city each spring. The smaller IAPSS Autumn Convention is held in autumn.

Annual Conferences and General Assemblies 1998-2014Edit

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
2013 Rome Global Justice
2014 Bucharest Collective Action Problems in the Contemporary World

World Congress for Political Science Students 2014-2019Edit

The annual World Congress for Political Science Students is IAPSS' largest event. It takes place in spring on an annual base. The 1st World Congress was held in 2014 and it incorporated a large-scale international political science conference.

Year City Title
2014 Thessaloniki The Limits to Global Governance
2015 London Cooperation, Conflict and Security[4]
2016 Berlin Challenging Democracy
2017 Budapest The Meaning of Politics[5]
2018 Paris Diversity and Globalisation[6]
2019 Madrid Overcoming Injustice

Academic ConferencesEdit

Academic Conferences 2006-2018Edit
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
Regional ConferencesEdit
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 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?
Autumn Conventions 2014-2018Edit
Year City Title
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
2018 Singapore Rethinking Development: Innovative Policies for Social and Economic Advancement

Other events: Winter / Summer Schools and study tripsEdit

The IAPSS Winter / Summer School is an intensive week held twice a year with students from political science and related disciplines and it focuses on regional issues.

Year City Type Title
2004 Helsinki IAPSS Nordic Conference The Role of Nordic Cooperation in Enlarging Europe
2004 Cluj-Napoca IAPSS Summer School Reinforcing IAPSS Team
2006 Rome "Old, New and Future Europe" Conferences Europe – Plurality of the Identities
2006 Ljubljana "Old, New and Future Europe" Conferences Europe in the World
2006 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' PublicationsEdit


Politikon (stylised POLITIKON) is an open-access journal founded in 2001. It is the flagship publication of IAPSS and it is published quarterly.[7][8][9]

IAPSS Politikon publishes articles from all major subfields of political science and is open to submissions from neighboring disciplines (Human Rights, Law, Public Policy). Each article is reviewed by a double blind peer-review process, handled primarily by researchers who are part of the journal’s reviewer database.

Encuentro LatinoamericanoEdit

Encuentro Latinoamericano: Revista de Ciencia Politica (ELA)[10] is a peer-reviewed, student-run publication that focuses on Latin American politics. It follows the same guidelines as POLITIKON. Articles are published in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and they are all accompanied by English abstracts. ELA is published online twice a year, in April and October.

A Different ViewEdit

A Different View (also ADV)[11] is the Association's popular-scientific online blog. Founded in 2005 as a monthly online magazine and relaunched as a blog in July 2013, ADV deals with a wide range of topics within political theory, foreign policy and international relations.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ International Association For Political Science Students. IAPSS.
  2. ^ "IAPSS – The International Association for Political Science Students". European Students Union. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Student Associations". The University of Queensland Australia. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  4. ^ IAPSS World Congress in London was a Great Success! International Political Science Association:
  5. ^ IAPSS World Congress 2017. CEU Department of Political Science:
  6. ^ IAPSS World Congress in Paris: A Congress to Remember.International Political Science Association:
  7. ^ See e.g. Cox, Michaelene, and Jaimie M. Kent (2018): ‘Political Science Student Journals: What Students Publish and Why Student Publishing Matters’, PS: Political Science & Politics 51(4): pp. 804-810. DOI:
  8. ^ See e.g. APSA (2019): ‘Graduate and Undergraduate Student Journals’.
  9. ^ See e.g. Editorial Board (2018): ‘List of Periodicals’, International Political Science Abstracts 68(6): p. 834. DOI:
  10. ^ Encuentro Latinoamericano. IAPSS:
  11. ^ A Different View. IAPSS:
  12. ^ International Association For Political Science Students. UNESCO:
  13. ^ International Association for Political Science Students. American Political Science Association:
  14. ^ Directory of Partnerships. ISA.