The 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference

Conference photos available

Conference photos available

In the conference participated 317 participants

Conference programme published

Almost 250 conference participants from 36 countries participated

Conference Report

An opportunity to learn from other researchers and other countries' experiences on certain topics.

G.A.C., Hungary, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

Very well organised, excellent programme and fruitful discussions.

M.M.S., Slovakia, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

The NISPAcee conference remains a very interesting conference.

M.D.V., Netherlands, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

Thank you for the opportunity to be there, and for the work of the organisers.

D.Z., Hungary, 24th Conference 2016, Zagreb

Well organized, as always. Excellent conference topic and paper selection.

M.S., Serbia, 23rd Conference 2015, Georgia

Perfect conference. Well organised. Very informative.

M.deV., Netherlands, 22nd Conference 2014, Hungary

Excellent conference. Congratulations!

S. C., United States, 20th Conference 2012, Republic of Macedonia

Thanks for organising the pre-conference activity. I benefited significantly!

R. U., Uzbekistan, 19th Conference, Varna 2011

Each information I got, was received perfectly in time!

L. S., Latvia, 21st Conference 2013, Serbia

The Conference was very academically fruitful!

M. K., Republic of Macedonia, 20th Conference 2012, Republic of Macedonia

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Conference Programme Terminology


1. Pre-conference Programmes consist of particular and meetings not included into the main conference programme.


  • Pre-conference programme for PhD students and Young Researchers is focuses on young researchers to encourage quality and develop their skills in academic and research activities. They will be given some practical tips and up-to-date techniques. Although it is dedicated primarily to young researchers, it can be attended by all participants who are interested in adopt international standards of research in the field of public administration (PA) and policy (PP).
  • Other special events included into the pre-conference of a respective conference


  • Steering Committee meeting is for the members and president of Steering Committee and is closed for conference participants.
  • Meeting with Conference Coordinators and Chairs is only open to those Coordinators and Chairs of the current conference Working Groups, Panels and Sessions. The meeting is closed to all participants of the conference.

2. Plenary Sessions

  • Opening Plenary Session is the opening ceremony of the NISPAcee conference prepared by the Conference Organizing Committee. It consists from Welcome and Opening Speeches, Keynote Speech and Speeches of Local Representatives. Opening Plenary Session is also linked to the first part of the NISPAcee Award ceremony.
  • Closing Plenary Session marks the end of the conference. It consists of a closing Roundtable discussion between distinguished experts on a crucial present-day topic in Public Administration and Policy. During the closing session, participants are invited to attend the following year´s conference. The second part of the NISPAcee Award ceremony also takes place during this session.
  • Business Meeting is open to all conference participants, during which NISPAcee’s current activities and future plans are introduced and discussed. The General Assembly of NISPAcee members also meets during this time to vote on the relevant issues of the organisation including the election of Steering Committee members.

3. Working Groups are the groups of researchers and/or professionals associated with NISPAcee who are investigating a particular public administration or public policy topics. A working group is characterized by common research interests, long-term research activities - usually several years - with the outcomes in the form of publications, conference e-proceedings or the best quality papers will be published in the NISPAcee Journal of Public Administration and Policy. Each working group is coordinated by WG coordinator/s - expert/s on given topic and this person designs the Working Group´s long-term agenda and select the papers submitted. The selection of the papers is based on quality chosen by the coordinator/s. Working Groups are created by proposals submitted, based on an announced conference call, and after they have been approved by the Steering Committee. The each Working Group meeting is scheduled at least one or more times during the conference.


4. Panels focus on a specialized topic, implemented only during the current conference. This consists of a presentation from each panellist, followed by an interactive discussion with the audience. The Panel is headed by chair/s. The proposal of a topic for the panel can be suggested either through a conference call or by the Steering Committee (see Call for Panel proposals). The purpose of the Panel and also the invitation to speakers at the Panel session are decided by chair/s. The conference includes:

  • Informative panels (provide information on a current topic or disseminate the outcomes of projects, research activities and innovative programmes, etc. to conference participants). The call for informative panels has an ongoing character.
  • Research panels (one-shot, with possible joint outputs). These panels can be organized either through an invitation or with a call for papers. The selection of the papers is based on quality chosen by the chair/s of the Panel. If there is any interest in carrying on the topic of this could be transferred to a working group at the next conference. The best papers from the Sessions are published in conference proceedings and the papers are published in conference e-proceedings and the best quality papers are published in the NISPAcee Journal of Public Administration and Policy.

5. Sessions bring together current topics and a wide-range of significant issues to the exchange knowledge, viewpoints and experience. Sessions have a repetitive character within the annual Conferences, but each year, the topic is different. Each presenter introduces his/her conference paper as an oral presentation, followed by questions / discussions, which may involve the audience. The session is moderated by the chair/s. The best papers from the Sessions are published in conference proceedings and the papers are published in conference e-proceedings and the best quality papers are published in the NISPAcee Journal of Public Administration and Policy. One of the results of the Session could be the establishment of a new Panel or Working Group.The Sessions can be any of the following:

  • Main Conference Theme Session covers a core topic which reflects the key and current public administration and policy issues at each NISPAcee conference and is different every year. The Main Conference Theme is selected together with the local organizer and Steering Committee.
  • General Session gives the opportunity to present high quality papers covering topics which go beyond the conference or working groups themes. The criteria for the presentation of this type of paper are scholarly quality, interest in the topic and must be from or about the NISPAcee region.
  • Forum for Practitioners is a discussion group of policy practitioners about current topics in public administration and policy. Scholars, as well as practitioners, are invited to make a presentation/case study on a topic that would be especially relevant for practitioners and in which the authors are able to initiate a discussion that goes beyond the contents of their paper. The goal is that practitioners can learn from the experiences of other countries´ participants, from best practices, good practices and bad practices. They can share their own experiences; that they can bring pressing issues to the fore and finally, one of the main goals of Public Administration, i.e. bringing academics and practitioners together, can be achieved. The call for papers is unlike any other sessions as it is ongoing.





Long-term research agenda in selected area

Presentation of research and informative activities

Research knowledge and experience exchange





Several years

Formed only for a given conference, research panel on one topic only

Formed for each conference on a different topic/various topics


Conference CD

The best quality papers  published in NISPAcee Journal of PA and PP



Conference CD

The best quality papers published in NISPAcee Journal of PA and PP


Forming a new WG

Conference CD

The best quality papers published in NISPAcee Journal of PA and PP


Forming the a Panel /WG


6. EAPAA Meetings are specialised meetings of the NISPAcee Annual Conference. They are dedicated to European Accreditation of Bachelor and Masters´ programmes of Public Administration. The cooperation of NISPAcee and EGPA to create the EAPAA organization is to support and constantly improving the quality Public Administration programmes across the Europe.


7. Special Meetings and Activities:

  • Social events are very interesting, well-know networking events which help to NISPAcee conference attractive. One of these events is very popular dinner with dancing and singing of the NISPAcee Anthem performed by conference participants.
  • Special networking activities provide an opportunity for conference participants to build relationships with their fellow participants.
  • Book Exhibition is a presentation of the NISPAcee press activities and publications. Participants can also promote their publications in the exhibition. Publishers could apply for a stand to Mr. Juraj Sklenar