XVI International Student Research Conference
The University of Tartu Narva College invites academic research papers for its XVI International Student Research Conference that will take place 21–23 April, 2016, in Narva, Estonia.
Conference focuses on the fields of pedagogy, philology and culture, public sector, youth work, entrepreneurship and project management, and Russian language and culture.
We welcome you to take part in stimulating academic discussions led by young scholars in a conference held in the historic border town of Narva. If you are bachelor’s or master’s student and have your own research, either as a thesis or a work in progress, this conference is an opportunity for you to share your ideas with other students and make inspiring international contacts.
The conference's main working language is English.
For the special section, Russian Language and Culture, the working language is Russian.
We invite students to submit short abstracts of their research work connected to one of the thematic sections of the conference.
The call for abstracts was closed on 1 March, 2016.
See the final programme HERE.
Take a look at the conference photos on the college Facebook.
You can also read the ONLINE ABSTRACT BOOK.
If you want to download the whole book, click here.
Thank you for being with us in Narva!
On behalf of the Organising Committee
Kirill Maslov, PhD
Inga Jaagus, MA
Contact us: ppcy [ät] narva.ut.ee
The conference is supported by Estonian Gambling Tax Council.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Call for abstracts was closed on March 1, 2016!
Please, see the list o f invited speakers HERE.
Conference thematic sections
- The conference has five traditional thematic sections - Pedagogy, Philology and Culture, Youth Work, Public Sector and Entrepreneurship and Project management - and one special section for this year, Russian Language and Culture. These sections reflect the curricula of Narva College.
- We welcome all bachelor's and master's students interested in participation to submit the abstract of your research falling under one of the conference's thematic sections. There are no additional thematic restrictions for the abstracts. Nevertheless, we would like to provide some inspirational guidelines as to what topics could fall under which thematic sections:
- Pedagogy: Research in modern methodological approaches to teaching, tradition and innovation in education, education in multicultural society, methodological problems in language acquisition, developing axiological competencies, etc.
- Philology and Culture: Research in many aspects of linguistics, issues of literature and folklore studies, language and cross-cultural communication, children's literature, etc.
- Youth Work: Research invarious types of youth work, such as mobile youth work, inclusive youth work, smart youth work, etc.
- Public Sector: Research in e-democracy and participation, civic involvement, multicultural challenges to society, management of local government, local government co-operation with private businesses and NGOs, etc.
- Entrepreneurship and Project Management: Research in innovation and startups, marketing principles and methods in modern society, strategic planning, different roles in change management, social responsibilities of entrepreneurship, etc.
- Special section: Russian Language and Culture (in Russian): Research in Russian culture in the context of intercultural communication, studies of childre's speech and writing, Russian children's literature, challenges of teaching Russian as mother tongue, contemporary approaches to teaching Russian as foreign language etc.
Requirements for abstracts
- The abstract should introduce the student’s original research project, e.g. bachelor’s thesis, master’s thesis, some parts of the bachelor’s or master’s research. The research must connect to one of the six thematic sections of the conference.
- The abstract should meet the criteria of an academic abstract, introducing the research focus, methods, results and conclusions. All the selected abstracts will be published in the conference abstract book.
- Language: English (including the abstracts for the special Russian section)
- Length: 250-300 words
- Deadline: 1 March, 2016 at 23:59
- The application and abstract submission form is available HERE.
Selection process and criteria
- The Conference Academic Committee will assess all the abstracts based on the following criteria:
1. Quality of the abstract (correct academic format, word limit followed etc.)
2. Relevance of the topic in its field of research
3. International relevance of the topic
- Up to 40 students will receive the invitation to present their work.
- The Committee will inform the applicants about the results by 11 March, 2016.
Requirements for presentation
- Language: English (for the special Russian Language and Culture section: Russian)
- The time limit for a presentation is 15 minutes, followed by a 5-minute discussion led by the chair.
- The presentation should be accompanied with slides.
Wednesday, April 20 – arrival day
Thursday, April 21 – first conference day, presentations
- 10:00 Opening of the conference
- 10:15 Plenary session 1
- 12:00 Lunch
- 13:00 Parallel section 1: Philology and Culture, and parallel section 2: Russian Language and Culture (in Russian)
- 14:20 Break
- 14:30 Parallel section 3: Psychology and Pedagogy, parallel section 4: Russian Language and Culture (in Russian), and parallel section 5: Public Sector
- 18:00 Socialising
Friday, April 22 – second conference day, presentations
- 10:15 Plenary session 2
- 12:00 Lunch
- 13:00 Parallel section 6: Public Sector and Entrepreneurship, and parallel section 7: Philology and Culture
- 14:20 Break
- 14:30 Prallel section 8: Youth, and parallel section 9: Russian Language and Culture (in Russian)
Saturday, April 23 – excursion day, departure day
- 9:45 cultural programme: excursions to Narva old town and Kreenholm Manufacture
- 12:00 Lunch
- 13:00 Excursion continues till 15:00
See the full final programme HERE
- The language of the presentation: English. Only for the special Russian Language and Culture sections: Russian
- The time limit for the presentation is 15 minutes, followed by the 5-minute discussion lead by the chair of the section
- The presentation should be followed by the slides. For the presentations in the special Russian section, it is recommended that the slides are in English.
- All the .ppt presentations and slideshows have to be copied to the lecturer's computer of your presentation room by the beginning of the section (just just before your presentation). The chair of the section will check it before opening the section.
How to get to Narva
- The nearest airports to Narva are:
Tallinn airport in Estonia
St. Petersburg Pulkovo airport in Russia (for the participants arriving from or through Russia)
- For bus connections from Tallinn, see Tpilet
- For international bus connections (e.g. from Riga, St. Petersburg, etc.), see Lux Express
- Train connection to Narva is rather poor, but there still are some trains from Tallinn and St. Petersburg. The trains from Tallinn are operated by Elron. The trains from St. Petersburg are operated by GORail
- Coming from Finland, the alternative to flying is coming to Tallinn by ferry. See different options from Tallink, Viking Line, and Eckerö Line.
Getting around Narva
- The bus station (Bussijaam in Estonian) is at around 20-minute walking distance from the hotel and 25-minute walking distance from Narva college. If you prefer taking a taxi, we recommend calling Ida Takso,+372 50 44444. Any taxi ride inside Narva costs 2 euros, do not agree to pay more!
- The address of Narva College of the University of Tartu is Raekoja plats 2
- Hotel Inger, where all the participants are accommodated, is at a 5-minute walking distance from the college. The address of Hotel Inger is Aleksander Puškini 28
- See the map:
Costs and fees
- For the invited speakers, there is no participation fee and the accommodation (up to three nights, in twin rooms, breakfast included) and lunches during the conference days are provided by the organisers.
- Transportation costs are covered by the participants.
- For the participants who need visas, the organisers provide the Letter of Invitation that enables them to apply for the visa without paying the visa fee.
- Participation in the excursion on April 23 is free but requires prior registration.
How to apply for a visa
- If you need a Schengen visa to enter Estonia, tick the box in the registration form. If you will be invited as a speaker, we ask you to fill out an additional form with information required for the Letter of Invitation.
- The visa application has to be submitted at your nearest Estonian diplomatic facility, see the list here.
- F0r more information and the list of the required documents for submitting the application, see here.
- Important: please, check the expiration date of your passport. The passport has to be valid at least three months after the end of the visa period.
- Important: the visa application has to be submitted to your nearest Estonian embassy no later than 15 days prior to your travel.