Call for Abstracts - International Student Research Conference 2018

Call for Abstracts

We invite bachelor's and master's students interested in presenting their work in progress to submit an abstract of their research to the international student research conference «Neglecting the borders: 6Dimesnions of EU-RUS relations». There are six thematic sections at the conference and students are invited to submit their research work to one of the sections. The sections reflect the programmes taught at Narva College and Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies of the University of Tartu, whose students are the main organisers of the conference.
There are no additional thematic restrictions for the abstracts. Nevertheless, we would like to provide some suggestions and guidelines for each thematic section as follows:

  • Education : Research in modern methodological approaches to teaching, tradition and innovation in education, education in multicultural and multilingual societies, methodological problems in language acquisition, developing axiological competencies, etc. Research that focuses on educational cooperation and/or comparative analysis of approaches in education between Russia and the EU has a priority.
  • Linguistics and CultureResearch in various aspects of linguistics, issues of literature and folklore studies, language and cross-cultural communication, children's literature, etc. Research on intercultural communication between Russia and EU societies are given preference.
  • 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 a mother tongue, contemporary approaches to teaching Russian as a foreign language and the role of Russian language and culture in dialogue between Russia and Europe now and in the past.
  • Youth Work: Research in various aspects of youth work and youth sociology, such as international youth cooperation, mobile youth work, inclusive youth work, smart youth work, digital youth, and international youth cooperation between the EU and Russia.
  • Trans-boundary entrepreneurship: Research in trans-boundary innovations, startups, digital economy and e-governance, social responsibilities of entrepreneurship, etc. Research that focuses on challenges to trans-boundary entrepreneurship in the current context of sanctions policies.
  • Russian and International Studies: Multi-disciplinary 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 is 8 January, 2018, at 23:59!
Requirements for abstracts 

  • The abstract should introduce the student’s original research project, e.g. bachelor’s thesis, master’s thesis or seminar work.
  • The research must reflect 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 should in the language in which they will be presented.
  • 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 to the themes of the conference - 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 selected applicants about the results by 15 January, 2018. Only accepted applicants will be notified.

Requirements for presentation

  • Language: English (for the Russian language and culture, education, and linguistics and culture: Russian or English)
  • The time limit for a presentation is 15 minutes, followed by a 5-minute discussion led by the chair. The presentation should be accompanied by slides. 

General information about the program:
Wednesday, April 18 – arrival day
Thursday, April 19 – first conference day/roundtable discussion/cultural night
Friday, April 20 – second conference day/goodbye dinner
Saturday, April 21 – excursion/cultural day/departure

Practical Information
Costs and fees

  • For the invited speakers, there is no participation fee and accommodation (up to 3 nights, in twin rooms, breakfast included) and lunches during the conference days are provided by the organisers.
  • The participants must cover transportation costs.
  • For the participants who need visas, the organisers will provide the Letter of Invitation that enables them to apply for the visa without paying the visa fee.
  • Participation in the excursions on April 21, 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 are invited as a speaker, we ask you to fill out an additional form with the information required for the Letter of Invitation.
  • The visa application has to be submitted at your nearest Estonian embassy handling visas, 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 for 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 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. For train connections from St. Petersburg, see GORail.
  • If you are coming from Finland, an alternative to flying is coming to Tallinn by ferry. See different options from TallinkViking Line, and Eckerö Line.

Getting around Narva

  • Narva Bus Station (Bussijaam in Estonian) is approximately a 20-minute walk from the hotel and a 25-minute walk 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 a 5-minute walk from the college. The address of Hotel Inger is Aleksander Puškini 28.


  • All the presentation 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 in your presentation room and tested before the beginning of the section (not just before your presentation). The chair of the section will check before opening the section.