International Association for Political Science Students

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International Association for Political Science Students
IAPSS Logo.png
Logo of the association
TypeInternational Student's Association
Legal statusAssociation
PurposeEducational / Academic
HeadquartersNijmegen, Netherlands
Region served
Student Associations / Individuals
Official language
Tobias Scholz
Main organ
General Assembly

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.

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 journals POLITIKON and Encuentro Latinoamericano, 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 relocating 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 Assembly[edit]

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

World Congress for Political Science Students[edit]

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 Greece Thessaloniki The Limits to Global Governance[7]
2015 United Kingdom London Cooperation, Conflict and Security
2016 Germany Berlin Challenging Democracy
2017 Hungary Budapest The Meaning of Politics
2018 France Paris Diversity and Globalisation

Academic Conferences[edit]

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

Other events[edit]

Year City Type Title
2000 Germany Marburg IAPSS Regional Conference Post Cold War Europe
2001 Romania Bucharest IAPSS Regional Conference The Bridges Network
2002 Slovenia Ljubljana IAPSS Regional Conference Good Morning Terrorism
2003 Iceland Reykjavík IAPSS Regional Conference Globalization and National Identity
2004 Finland Helsinki IAPSS Nordic Conference The Role of Nordic Cooperation in Enlarging Europe
Romania Cluj-Napoca IAPSS Summer school Reinforcing IAPSS Team
Netherlands Leiden IAPSS Regional Conference for Northern Europe European Integration
2005 Switzerland Bern/Zurich IAPSS Regional Conference Neutrality in International Context: Good, Bad or just Making Rich?
2006 Italy Rome "Old, New and Future Europe" Conferences Europe – Plurality of the Identities
Slovenia Ljubljana "Old, New and Future Europe" Conferences Europe in the World
Romania Bucharest "Old, New and Future Europe" Conferences Further European Enlargement
2007 Slovenia Ljubljana IAPSS International seminar Youth Bridging the Gap: Reaching out to the Roma
2008 Slovenia 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 Publications[edit]


"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]

Encuentro Latinoamericano[edit]

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.

A Different View[edit]

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.

Executive Committee[edit]

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 2018/2019[edit]

Position Person
President Germany Kateryna Dyshkantyuk
Secretary General Croatia Gentiana Fana
Treasurer Germany Vanessa Pischulti
Head of Academics Romania Mihai Chihaia
Head of World Congress Spain Enrique Romeo
Head of Academic Convention United States Jennifer Yi
Head of Events Bulgaria Armanda Dimitrova
Head of International Cooperation and Public Relations Germany Tobias Scholz

IAPSS Presidents since 1998[edit]

Year President
1998 Netherlands Matthijs Luijke
1999 Norway Halvard Leira
2000 Hungary Ferenc Pénzes
2001 Italy Alessio Sanguinetti
2002 Romania Claudiu Craciun
2003 Slovenia Blaž Gorjup
2004 Romania Stefan Cibian
Germany Cornelia Schöler
2004–2005 Slovenia Matija Kovač
2005–2006 Netherlands Yvon Braam
2006–2007 Moldova Iana Stantieru
2007–2008 Greece Alexandros Samaras
2008–2009 Peru Alejandro Delmar Injoque
2009–2010 Bulgaria Yoana Balchova
2010–2011 Italy Luca Martinelli
2011–2012 Portugal Pedro Manuel Costa
2012–2013 Germany Philipp Aepler
2013–2014 Germany Philipp Aepler
2014–2015 Germany Philipp Aepler
2015–2016 Netherlands Jannick Burggraaff
2016–2017 Germany Anna-Lisa Wirth
2017–2018 Germany Kateryna Dyshkantyuk
2018–2019 Germany Kateryna Dyshkantyuk

See also[edit]

IAPSS Partners


  1. ^ "IAPSS". International Association for Political Science. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Internationale vereniging voor studenten Politicologie vestigt zich in Nijmegen - Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen - Politicologie". Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  3. ^ "IAPSS World Congress in London was a Great Success!". IPSA / AISP. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  4. ^ "Cooperation, Conflict and Security in Global Politics (IAPSS Section)". Retrieved 2016-11-19.
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  7. ^ "IAPSS World Congres". GRAPESS. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  8. ^ "AC Montenegro 2013 | AC Montenegro 2013". 2013-10-09. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  9. ^ "Predśednik Skupštine Crne Gore Ranko Krivokapić otvorio Međunarodnu akademsku konferenciju". Retrieved 2013-10-16.
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