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UACES Graduate Forum Conference 2020

"Sustainable Futures for Europe"

The uncertainty of the coronavirus outbreak induces us to cancel the Graduate Forum Conference 2020 in Berlin.

We are currently exploring alternative ways of hosting the event in a different format and are committed to finding a solution for everyone to access.

Days and deadlines might change so we will keep you updated on the developing situation. We will keep submissions open for now.


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About the Conference

This two-day conference provides a friendly environment for postgraduate and early-career researchers (ECRs) to present their work, receive feedback and dialogue with each other. It offers an ideal introduction to the UACES community.

The conference features a keynote lecture and plenary roundtable alongside a programme of research presentations from around 50 PhD students and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the field of European Studies, which includes disciplines such as (but not limited to) Political Science, Law, International Relations, History, Economics, Sociology, Geography and Anthropology.

More information about location and dates is currently TBC.

This conference is supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Conference Theme: ‘Sustainable Futures for Europe’

This year marks the start of a new decade. With Ursula von der Leyen as the first woman to head the European Commission and the UK becoming the first country to leave the EU; it is fair to say times are changing. A juncture such as this offers a time for reflection and consideration of how to best move forward. Big questions are on the political agenda, how should the European Union move into the next decade? How can it act in response to challenges such as climate change, environmental destruction, migration, technological development? What is the future for security and defence cooperation? How can limited resources be shared equitably? Moving on from a decade characterised by crisis, what does a sustainable future for the EU look like?

We invite postgraduate and early-career researchers from across European Studies to submit paper and panel proposals addressing the theme of ‘Sustainable Futures for Europe’. In order to foster a transdisciplinary conversation, we encourage submissions from a broad range of disciplines, including, but not limited to: Political Science, Law, Sociology, Economics, History, Gender Studies, Anthropology, International Relations, Public Policy, Cultural Studies, etc. The theme can be interpreted narrowly or widely and consider both sustainability and Europe in all of its iterations.

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Questions about the Call for Papers? Questions about EasyChair or funding? Contact the UACES office.

Funding for Presenters

A maximum of 50 paper-givers will receive up to 140 GBP funding towards travel and accommodation expenses to/from Berlin. This funding is available subject to terms and conditions.

Requirements for Presenters

Presenters are expected to attend both days of the conference and share a draft research paper with fellow panellists by 22 June 2020.

To be eligible for funding, presenters need to also submit one of the following to UACES for online publication by 22 June 2020: their research paper, a blog post, a policy brief, a video or podcast.

Click here for further details of requirements for presenters


Berlin has a huge range of hotels and hostels to choose from, e.g. Arte Luise Kunsthotel  - from 45 GBP per night for a single room.

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Getting There

The conference venue is a 15 minutes walk to Berlin Central Station / Hauptbahnhof. The closest underground station is Oranienburger Tor (U6), a 10 minutes walk to the campus.

Berlin is easily accessible by train, bus and plane from the UK, continental Europe and North America.

See Visit Berlin for more travel information.


Berlin is easy to reach by train, with several train stations such as Berlin Central Station / Hauptbahnhof, Südkreuz, Ostbahnhof or Zoologischer Garten, whilst Hauptbahnhof is the closest station to the venue.

For information on trains visit Deutsche Bahn.


If you're on a budget then buses and coaches are a great travel option. There are regular coach services from bigger European cities to Berlin. While they are usually cheaper than train services covering the same routes, journey times are longer.

Coach travel from across Europe (from cities such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Prague, Vienna, Zurich) can be booked through Flixbus.


With it's two airports, Berlin connects to many European and international destinations. Find more flight information to Schönefeld Airport SXF or Tegel Airport TXL online.

Both airports have good public transport connections to the venue. Trains are going from Schönefeld directly the city centre and Hauptbahnhof, and the regular TXL JetExpressBus service is a short bus ride from Tegel Airport to Hauptbahnhof.

Past GF Conferences

UACES GF 2019, Manchester: 'What for the Next European Century?'

UACES Graduate Forum Conference 2018

UACES GF 2018, Leuven: 'An Actor on Multiple Stages: the EU as a Local, Regional and Global Power '


UACES GF 2017, Newcastle: 'Looking Backwards to Go Forwards? Europe at a Crossroads'

View testimonials:


Delegates* describe the Graduate Forum (GF) conferences as "vibrant", "enjoyable", "beneficial", "wonderful", "[an] ideal environment", "really useful" and "supportive".

They gain "useful" and "constructive" feedback, "confidence", "valuable peer support", "knowledge on issues outside my expertise", "inspiration", "great contacts", "networks for the future" and "potential collaborations".

*Comments collected in anonymous post-conference surveys in 2017 and 2018


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