The 31th NISPAcee Annual Conference

Conference 2023 Beograd, Serbia, May 25-27, 2023

Excellent conference. I really enjoyed the papers, speakers, schedule and location and great staff!

D.B., United States, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...relating to public administration and policy. Good opportunities for networking.

N.D., Georgia, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

Excellent participants, argument-driven discussions, impartial and supportive Chairs in the Working Group.

D.G., Republic of North Macedonia, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague detail and I really enjoyed the supportive and encouraging atmosphere there. Thank you!

R.B., Lithuania, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...both in terms of academic quality and logistics, and also social events. It was a true joy.

E.Z., Bulgaria, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...The special programmes were really excellent and we took home many varied experiences.

P.N., Hungary, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...Sessions were interesting, scholars were engaging and all the social events were amazing!

B.K., Kazakhstan, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

Excellent organization, excellent food. Compliments to the organizers, they did a wonderful job!

V.J., Netherlands, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

...I must say that the PhD pre-conference seminar was the most useful seminar of my life. Very well...

K.V., Czech Republic, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

... I would even argue that they are the very best - both in terms of scientific content and also entertainment…

P.W., Denmark, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

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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PhD Pre-conference Seminar
How to improve the quality  of your research paper
May 23, 2019
organised within the ERASMUS+ Jean Monnet Project PRACTIC - From Policy Design to Policy Practice in the European Integration Context

  • Michiel S. de Vries, Institute for Management Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands,
He holds the chair in Public Administration at the Radboud University of Nijmegen and is visiting professor at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He is president of IASIA, full member of the Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Local Self-Government of the Council of Europe and member of the editorial board of numerous journals on Public Administration. His research concentrates on local government, public sector reform, policy evaluation, policy change and comparative public administration.

  • Iwona Sobis, School of Public Administration, Gothenburg University, Sweden,
Member of the editorial board of some journals on Public Administration and others. Her research over the period 1995-2010 can be summarized as the collection of in-depth case-studies on Western assistance to Central and Eastern Europe during the transition from socialism to a market economy seen from the perspective of recipients, foreign advisors, donor organizations and responsible politicians. Her later empirical research concerns: public sector reforms with a special focus on care for elderly, performance management, policy evaluation, job satisfaction, free movement of EU citizens. She is lecturing on leadership, management, and governance in public administration.
Call for applications


On May 23, 2019, the day before the NISPAcee conference begins, a PhD seminar will take place in the venue where the NISPAcee conference also takes place, enabling PhD students to present a paper and have these papers and presentations discussed in more detail concerning structure and content than sessions in the conference themselves allow. Senior researchers will participate as facilitators for the discussions. The goal of the seminar is to discuss with the students ways in which to improve their presentations and their papers.

The seminar will discuss the preparation of a dissertation, formulating a relevant research question, putting the research question within a theoretical framework and conducting the necessary research in a valid and reliable way in order to answer the research question. It is not so much about writing everything down, but much more about a substantial discussion about what it needs to have the coherent structure of a dissertation and how to fill the gaps and what to do in order to avoid that the research plans fail. This part of the seminar is also open for discussing process-related issues and other pressing issues the PhD students themselves come forward with. Beforehand, PhD Students can put forward issues they would like to have discussed in this regard.

During the first part of this seminar, PhD students will receive information and advice from the Chairs and discuss how to improve the presentation of a paper and how to organise papers in such a way that these papers conform to the standards required to have them published. Hence, five sessions will be organised, during which PhD students learn how to improve their presentations and papers within a trusted environment. One of these sessions focuses on the structure of presentations; the second on the structure of the introduction and conclusion of papers; the third on the theoretical section; the fourth on the methods section and the last one on the section in which the outcomes are presented.

The second part of the seminar addresses topics related to writing a dissertation. This can involve issues related to substance as well as the writing process. In this part of the seminar PhD students present their research plans and/or listen to other PhD students presenting their research plans, discuss these amongst themselves in a closed and trusted environment and will receive advice from the Chairs. Depending on the number of participants, one or more time-slots will be reserved for this part of the seminar.
Application procedure

Applicants should complete an online application form (, include an abstract of a paper (maximum two pages - 3600 characters) and attach the actual CV file (maximum 2MB).
Selection conditions

1. Being a PhD-student from the NISPAcee region.
2. Having a paper in the field of Public Administration the participant is willing to present and discuss or a draft of a research plan for a dissertation.
3. Interest in participating in the entire seminar.
4. Interest in taking a part in discussions about the papers and research plans of others.
5. Interest in reading at least one other paper or draft research plan beforehand.

Paper criteria

All kinds of papers are accepted as long as they have an empirical component, be it a case study or a comparative study, and irrespective of whether it is a draft or a final version.

PhD students who submitted a paper proposal for other conference WGs/panels can also apply.

All accepted students should register online for the conference and pay the relevant conference fees. There will be special reduced fees for PhD students with a paper presentation. Registered students can participate in other conference activities afterwards.