XVII International Student Research Conference
The University of Tartu Narva College invites young scholars to Narva XVII International Student Research Conference held in 20-22 April, 2017.
The conference focuses on the fields of pedagogy, philology and culture, youth work, public sector, entrepreneurship and project management, Russian language and culture, Russian and international studies.
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 section Russian Language and Culture, the working language is Russian.
Welcome to Narva!
On behalf of the Organising Committee
Contact us: ppcy [ät] narva.ut.ee
The conference is supported by Estonian Gabling Tax Council:
The conferenced is organised in cooperation with
Call for Abstracts
The conference has six thematic sections - Pedagogy, Philology and Culture, Youth Work, Public Sector and Entrepreneurship and Project management, Russian Language and Culture and Russia and International studies. These sections reflect the curricula of Narva College with one special thematic section each year. This year, the special section is proposed together with Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies of the University of Tartu and has a focus on Russian and international studies.
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.
- Russian Language and Culture (in Russian): Research in Russian culture in the context of intercultural communication, studies of children’s speech and writing, Russian children's literature, challenges of teaching Russian as mother tongue, contemporary approaches to teaching Russian as foreign language etc.
- Youth Work: Research in various types of youth work, such as mobile youth work, inclusive youth work, smart youth work, etc.
- Entrepreneurship, Project Management and Public Administration: Research in innovation and startups, marketing principles and methods in modern society, strategic planning, different roles in change management, social responsibilities of entrepreneurship, e-democracy and participation, civic involvement, multicultural challenges to society, management of local government, local government co-operation with private businesses and NGOs etc.
- SPECIAL SECTION. Russian and International studies: multi-disciplinar research on internal and external political dynamics in the Russian federation and former Soviet space; historical, socio-cultural, and political dimensions of Russia's external projection in a changing geo-political regional context and role in the international system; focus on the bi-lateral and multi-lateral characterization of the international system.
Deadline for abstracts was 1 March, 2017, at 23:59!
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 online abstract book.
- Language: all the abstracts must be in English (including the abstracts for the special Russian section)
- Length: 250-300 words
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.) - 20%
2. Relevance of the topic in its field of research - 40%
3. International relevance of the topic - 40%
Up to 40 students will receive the invitation to present their work.
The Committee will inform the applicants about the results by Monday, 13 March, 2017.
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.
General information about the programme:
Wednesday, April 19 - arrival day
Thursday, April 20 - first conference day
Friday, April 21 - second conference day
Saturday, April 22 - cultural day/departure
This practical information package includes all the neccessary information for the participants. Read it before the conference!
Costs and fees
- For the invited speakers, there is no participation fee and the accommodation (up to 3 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 to apply for the visa without paying the visa fee.
- Participation in the excursions on April 22, the cultural day, is free but requires prior registration.
- 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.
- For 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 calendar days prior to your travel.
How to get to Narva
- The nearest airports to Narva are Tallinn airport in Estonia and 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
- For train connections from Tallinn to Narva, see Elron. There are few trains from St. Petersburg, too, that 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
- Narva 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
- All the rooms at Narva College are equipped with a PC, a video projector, PA speakers and a blackboard. We can also arrange a flipchart and markers, if notified in advance.
- All the slideshows have to be copied to the lecturer's computer of your presentation room and tested by the beginning of the section (not just before your presentation). The chair of the section will check it before opening the section.