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.
Who can attend?
The conference is free to attend. It is designed 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. There are up to 5 places available for masters-level students. You do not need to become a member to attend the conference.
Terms and Conditions for Funding
Funding of up to 200 GBP will only be offered to those whose paper proposal was accepted following the Call for Papers. There are up to 50 funded places (up to 200 GBP) available at the conference. Funding is only awarded to delegates who are currently studying for their PhD or who have submitted their PhD within the last three years (at the time of the conference). There are also up to 5 funded places available for masters-level students.
Funding will be allocated following paper-selection.
- Delegates must register and accept their funded place by 20 May 2022;
- Funding is conditional upon attendance. Delegates must attend both days of the conference (23-24 June 2022);
- Funding is conditional upon providing a research paper (6000-8000 words) to the participants in the delegate's research panel (e.g. fellow papergivers, chair and discussant) by 9 June 2022;
- Funding is also conditional upon submitting to UACES one of the following items for online publication: a completed research paper (6000-8000 words), a blog post, a podcast, a video or policy brief (further details here). The deadline is 9 June 2022 (unless you have explicit written agreement from UACES to submit at a later date, or to participate in a recording during the conference);
- By sending us a paper, blog post, podcast or policy brief, delegates give us permission to display the submission on our website, before, during and after the conference until at least 31 December 2024.
UACES is offering up 200 GBP per delegate towards the expenses of attending the conference. The funding can only be used to cover the following items:
- Up to 2 nights' accommodation in Maastricht. The accommodation must be booked from 22-24 June or 23-25 June 2022. We can cover the costs of staying in a hotel, bed and breakfast, hostel or AirBnB (or equivalent). We cannot provide funding to cover the costs of staying with friends or family. We cannot reimburse accommodation costs for people who work or study at Maastricht University.
- Return travel to and from Maastricht. This must be economy class.
- Costs related to travelling during the Covid-19 pandemic. We can provide reimbursements for any testing that may be required as a result of travelling to the Netherlands for the conference. In all instances, delegates should seek out a reasonable and reputable supplier for tests. We cannot provide reimbursements for the purchase of masks, hand sanitiser or health/travel insurance.
Payment of Funding
- Reimbursements will only be made to those who attend both days of the full event.
- Delegates may only submit ONE claim for up to 200 GBP of expenses.
- Claims can be made by emailing a claim form and copy of the original receipt/ticket to firstname.lastname@example.org. Receipts/tickets should clearly show the date of purchase and (if applicable) the date of travel.
- Expenses will be reimbursed by bank transfer for UK-based and Eurozone-based delegates and by PayPal for all other delegates. Please set up a PayPal account in advance of the conference if you do not already have one.
- Claims must be submitted between 25 June and 30 September 2022.
Papers should be 6,000-8,000 words long, word-processed, 1.5 spaced and sized to A4. Any research papers submitted for online publication will be published with a cover page containing details of the conference, and with the following notice:
"Copyright of the papers remains with the author. Conference papers are works-in-progress - they should not be cited without the author's permission. The views and opinions expressed in this paper are those of the author(s)."
Blog posts should be on the topic of the research you are presenting and will be edited and published for Crossroads Europe (the UACES Graduate Forum and JCER blog).
We also have a collection of top tips on writing academic blogs, based on a recent UACES GF workshop, at these links:
- Twitter Q&A on writing blogs
- Blogging toolkit by Albrecht Sonntag
- "How to write for an academic blog" by former UACES GF Committee member, Anthony Salamone
Videos and Podcasts
Your video or podcast should summarise or explore your research in an engaging way; they could be animations, interviews or simply a short talk. Please see examples of past videos and podcasts on our Multimedia Pages. If you are interested in creating a video or podcast, please email Melina at UACES (email@example.com) before you start recording, to discuss the suitability of your idea and for any assistance. UACES can assist with a limited number of videos and podcast recordings during the conference.
Your policy brief should be related to your work presented and be between around 2,000-5,000 words. It should be word-processed, 1.5 spaced and sized to A4. UACES will then format it using the UACES Graduate Forum policy brief template. Please see guidelines for writing policy briefs here.
Requirements for Presenters
Presenters are expected to attend both days of the conference and share a draft research paper with fellow panellists by 9 June 2022.
Presenters need to also submit one of the following to UACES for online publication by 9 June 2022: their research paper, a blog post, a policy brief, a video or podcast.