Külli Sarapuu, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia.
Eka Akobia, Caucasus School of Governance, Caucasus University, Georgia
At the General session 1: The Role of Institutions and State Reform - four papers were presented:
1. Institutions and their Importance. Presented by Donald Fuller, American University of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia.
2. Transforming Public Administration in Turbulent Times: the Case Study of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Presented by Viktor Sapryka, Belgorod State University, Belgorod, Russian Federation.
3. Urban – Rural Differences in the Economic Resilience of Romania’s North-West Region Communities. Presented by Bogdan Andrei Moldovan, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania and Alexandru Pavel, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
4. Should CEE Countries Introduce Compulsory Voting as an Electoral Policy? Presented by Alexandru Volacu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania.
Each presentation was followed by an active Q and A and presenters received academic feedback on their papers.
At the General Session 2: The Role of Professionals and Values in Public Policy - three papers were presented:
1. The Role of the Values System in Professional Activity, presented by Anush Stepanyan, Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia.
2. Devising a Method for Studying the Social and Psychological Maturity of Specialists. Presented by Laura Petrosyan, Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia.
3. In the Best Interests of the Child: An Analysis of Judgements on Involuntary Adoption in the Norwegian Judicial System. Presented by Hege Stein Helland, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway.
Presentations were followed by Q’s and A’s and presenters received academic feedback on their papers, including ideas on how to improve the chosen research methods and research design, as well as how to expand their research and find generalizable aspects using relevant theories.