International Conference of Young Social Scientists (ICYSS)
play a vital role in educating students and open possibilities for expanding
their knowledge of natural sciences.
Such competitions play a
significant part in teaching students to:
their knowledge and creativity
and discuss about their studies
their projects in English
experiences with their peers from other countries
new peoples and cultures
The International Conference
of Young Social Scientists (ICYSS) is a special competition where students were
to present their research projects in the fields of psychology, sociology,
history, geography, and economics. Participants will be classified into
subject-based categories by a committee comprising scientists and experts in
each relevant field. If there is insufficient number of participants in one
field, it can be put together with other fields of study.
The official language of the
conference is English.
All participants must be
between 13 and 19 years of age. Students who had graduated from high school but
have not yet begun their university may take part in the competition depending
on the date of the conference.
Each student must prepare a
research project on a certain field of study as mentioned above.
In case of co-authorship,
only one author may present the research project.
Students are required to
present their findings and research in a twelve-minutes presentation in front
of the international panel of judges, consisting of experts in certain field.
After the presentation the judges will give questions (but not if the judge is
the team leader of the presenter). Extra time for the preparation may be
allowed only by the head of the jury.
The competition rules are to
be published and made available to everyone so as to provide equal
opportunities for international communications among all partners.
Each country can take part in
the competition with at least one and maximum of six research projects (one
Students shall be accompanied
by their Team Leader(s). A team leader is a person who officially leads
students during the conference.
The number of team leaders
attending the competition shall be decided based on the number of students from
the given country and the organisers’ capacities.
The following table gives an
overview upon the allowed combinations of numbers of students, research projects
and team leaders:
Research Projects (max)
1 or 2
1 or 2
1 or 2
1 or 2
Additional members to the
delegation should be requested by the Country Representative to the LOC.
Each country shall have a
country coordinator who is to organise and prepare students and team leaders
for the competition.
The country coordinator can
be the same person as the team leader.
The country coordinator
should be confirmed by the Steering Committee (SC).
The names of country
coordinator and their affiliations will be on the main page of ICYSS website.
Observer is a person who is
chosen by the country coordinator and confirmed by the Local Organising
LOC is a group of people who organises
3 RESPONSIBILITY OF LOC
The first announcement of the
conference is to be published at least half a year before the date of the
The first announcement is to
provide information about the location, general information, and deadlines for
The LOC may change the
limitations on the number of participants and research projects.
The LOC guarantees to provide
appropriate conditions for all participants, as well as prepare audio-visual
equipment in order to ensure the best conditions for delivering presentations.
The LOC shall follow the
rules and regulation, namely the panel of judges who will assess the research
The Organising Committee
shall decide on the guidelines for assessing presentations. These guidelines
usually include points such as:
of study: motivation, problem
used in order to solve the research problem
presentation of the paper
ability to answer the judges’ questions
The LOC shall provide awards
for 60% of the whole research projects.
4 ORGANIZATIONAL BODIES
The ICYSS has one president, steering
committees (SC), international committee (IC). The roles of each are stated in
The set of judges consist of
international and local judges.
The international judges are
confirmed by SC and the local judges by LOC.
The LOC provides short CV of
Each field of study must have
member of judges who are eminent university experts and scientists in the
The number of the judges of
each field of study are at least five persons.
The SC can appoint at least
five judges for each field of study.
The SC shall determine the
head of judges in each field.
The judges will assess each
presentation individually, with marks ranging from 1 to 10, in compliance with
the following grading curve:
The overall score shall be
calculated as the sum total of the marks given by each member of the judges,
divided by the number of judges.
The head of the judges may
ask other members to clarify their marks.
If the judges are more than
six members, the lowest mark shall not be taken into consideration.
Additionally, if the
Committee comprises more than seven members, the highest mark shall not be
taken into consideration.
If one of the members is the
team leader of the team presenting in the conference, the marks of that member
must not be taken into consideration for the respective presentation.
6 ABSTRACT BOOK
Each research project must be written in
an extended abstract and be sent in accordance to the specific deadline to LOC.
Extended abstract consists
of: introduction, methodology, results and discussion, conclusions, and
references. The template of the extended abstract must be downloaded from the
Extended abstracts are to be
submitted to the LOC in digital format.
The LOC will not consider
extending abstracts, which are not in compliance with the Rules and regulation
and the writing guidelines.
The LOC will oversee and lead
every aspect of the competition under the supervision of the Steering
Participants shall be ranked
within their respective study field based on the average grade. The awards
shall be given as follows:
First place – Gold medal
Second places – Silver medal
Third places – Bronze medal
Special awards for
outstanding project, presentation, poster presentation.
Depending on the possible
problematic situations /same average grade etc/, the CS may, in agreement with
the judges, increase the number of medals awarded.
If the research project
awarded one of the three places was co-authored, the student presenter will be
given the medal and the diploma for his or her accomplishment, whereas the
co-authors will be given participation certificates for the research project,
which was awarded.
Authors will be ranked based
on the average grade.
All participants will receive
8 POSTER PRESNTATION
All participants, who will present their
research projects, shall present them through the means of poster presentations
in a special poster presentation event.
Each project shall be
presented on a single A0 sheet of paper, vertically placed.
Posters are not included in
the evaluation criteria, but the most attractive ones shall receive special
The LOC will hold the
exhibition of all poster presentations and choose the way of voting.
Best poster presentations
will receive special diplomas.
9 CULTURAL PERFORMANCE
Each country shall prepare a cultural
presentation of 3-5 minutes about uniqueness of their country on the request of
10 PARTICIPATION FEE
Participants are required to
pay for the participation fees, which will be proposed by the LOC and approved
by the SC.
The LOC must provide a bank
account to receive the participation fee before the competition.