22 August 2018 - 25 August 2018
ECPR General Conference
University Hamburg, Hamburg

ECPR European Consortitum for Political Research

ECPR’s General Conference remains Europe's largest annual gathering of political scientists, often attracting more than 2,000 scholars from throughout the world and at all stages of their career. With nearly 500 Panels taking place across 68 Sections, the academic programme covers the breadth of political science, creating the platform for lively discussion, exchange of ideas and the best thinking in the discipline.

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The academic content is complemented by a stimulating plenary programme, including Roundtables addressing topical or contentious themes and a Plenary Lecture delivered by a high profile member of the profession. The timetable is completed by a carefully planned social programme, offering many opportunities to meet with old friends and new colleagues.

Abstract presented by  Barbora Padtrova, AFI Research Scholar:


1) Global and regional security challenges in the Arctic (Section S05, Panel P425, Friday 24 14:00-15:40) 

The geopolitics in the Arctic has been influenced by the current international relations’ developments and increasing tensions between Russia and the West. Additional drivers for geopolitical challenges are the availability and accessibility of energy resources (mainly oil and gas) and an opening of new transportation routes for destination and transit shipping. The geopolitics of the Arctic is also influenced by the security developments. There are two major types of security issues facing the Arctic: i) issues related to military security of individual Arctic states and ii) those relating to the common security of multiple regional states – including piracy, terrorism, and environmental disasters. The aim of the presentation is to provide an overview of geopolitical and security challenges which the Arctic faces in relation to climate change and current trends in international relations. The author will focus on how geopolitics transforms into policy and what are the key variables that influence the relations of cooperation/competition among states in the Arctic region. The presentation will also seek to answer the question: How global security threats challenge the Arctic security architecture? 

2) Digital Technology in Teaching - Short Skype Calls (Section S60, Panel 029, Saturday 25 16:00-17:40) 

The proper use of digital technologies in teaching can have a positive impact on achieving students’ results and their education. Through interactive engagement, students gain the opportunity to directly participate in learning, which at the same time increases their interest and motivation. The presentation will focus on the use of short video Skype calls with experts in the class and how this input can enrich the courses. The aim of the presentation is to share best practices as well as potential pitfalls which the introduction of this element into teaching might bring. Incorporating of digital technologies in teaching might not always be an easy task. Through sharing the best practices, the presenter will provide a necessary information for the conference participants to be able to whether or not to use a Skype call as one of the teaching tools in the class. The presenter will also discuss the difficulty of preparing for the Skype calls in the perspective of both the teacher and the students.  

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