Submission Types

The DGPs congress / ÖGP conference invites the following types of submissions/presentations in German or in English. In general, submitted Abstracts should not exceed 250 words length. More information on submission requirements can be found in the submission system (ConfTool).


1. Posters

Posters (dimensions: A0 portrait, 841 mm x 1189 mm) covering empirical, conceptual, theoretical, or methodological research can be submitted. Each poster will be displayed in one of several poster sessions scheduled in the program. Authors remain with their poster for questions and discussions for designated times slots specified in the final program. We recommend that you bring handouts of your poster with you. Material for mounting the posters will be available from the help desk.


2. Poster Group

In a poster group, thematically related research conducted by different first authors on a specific question is presented in the shape of posters (dimensions: A0 portrait, 841 mm x 1189 mm). As a rule, a poster group should consist of 4 to 12 posters. Related posters are presented together within the same poster session. 


3. Symposium

In a symposium, thematically related research conducted by different first authors on a specific question is presented. Four to six abstracts (max. 250 words per abstract) can be submitted for presentation in a joint symposium (total duration 90 minutes). Including at least one discussion paper is recommended but not obligatory.


4. Coupled Symposia

Coupled symposia allow you to organize a symposium extending over two successive 90-minute allotments. If you plan to organize a topical symposium for at least eight and up to 12 contributions (which total number may include a discussion and/or introduction), a copupled symposium is the right format for you. Please note though that coupled symposia may start prior to a lunch break and continue after the break or that they may start late on Day X and may be continued early on Day Y.


5. Hot Topic Symposium

The same formal requirements apply for a Hot Topic symposium as for the other symposia. In addition, all abstracts must be submitted and presented in English to ensure that they are accessible for our international guests. Hot Topics are identified by the heads of the subsections (Fachgruppenleitungen) of the DGPs and have to be approved by the board of the DGPs. Once a Hot Topic has been approved, it will show up among the keywords in the submission system, such that authors can select these keywords for their submission if the authors think they fit. It should be noted though that the final decision about whether a particular presentation figures as a contribution to a Hot Topic rests with the heads of the subsections again. In addition, naturally not each presentation that belongs to a Hot Topic has to be and will be presented within the same symposium. There can be single presentations belonging to a Hot Topic, and there can be several symposia belonging to the same Hot Topic.


6. Interactive Forum

The aim of this format is to benefit from the presence of a large number of experts at the DGPs Congress in order to launch thematic networks as well as initiate site-independent work or research groups. An interactive forum presents an opportunity to work on more complex topics with the active involvement of all participants in an ad-hoc group (e.g. in the form of a barcamp or a world café). One or two short kick-off presentations (about 10 minutes each) introduce the topic at the start of the event. These can be a research paper, program project or position paper. A chaired work phase follows, in which all participants are actively involved. The respective chairs are responsible for their group’s internal organization. As a rule, this presentation format should last about three hours.

Registration for this format is the responsibility of the chair. An interactive forum should include at least three (and at most 20) further participants from at least one other location who commit themselves to taking part in a binding manner. Rooms with the necessary equipment (projector, PC, presentation kit, flipchart etc.) will be provided.


7. Research Talk

The aim of a research talk is to present concluded empirical work as well as new theoretical or methodological developments including the speaker’s own scientific position on the topic. Speaking time is 15 minutes including discussion. The Program Committee will cluster thematically related research talks into topical sessions of 4 to 6 talks. One or two participants in each session will be asked to chair the session.


8. Position Paper

The purpose of a position paper is the comprehensive presentation of a scientific position on a topic. Speaking time is 30 minutes with an additional 15 minutes for discussion.


9. Panel Discussion

A panel discussion addresses problems that are controversial in terms of content, methodology, scientific theory, or research organization (total duration 90 minutes). The discussion leader and the participants agree on the structure and procedure of the panel discussion. When submitting an abstract, panel discussion leaders should explain why the topic is controversial and will therefore be of interest to a large number of participants.


10. Pre-conference Workshop

A pre-conference workshop lasts several hours and familiarizes participants with the current state of knowledge in a specific area. Workshops focus on teaching and practicing methodological application-oriented knowledge and skills.


11. Demonstration

Scientific films, equipment, experimental setups, or software can be presented in 90-minute slots.


12. Keynote

Renowned international experts present their contributions to the field. Keynotes are on invitation only.


13. Flashlight

Junior members of the DGPs will organize, select, and chair the flashlights, which can be submitted by students, doctoral, and post-doctoral researchers as well as junior professors. The session consists of 12 5-minute flashlights followed by questions (2 minutes).


14. Spotify Playlist

After the conference dinner, you have the opportunity to animate the colleagues to dancing via playing of your Spotify playlist. The playlists should be 30-40 minutes long. If selected, to present your playlist, you need to participate in the conference dinner. This requires that you purchase a conference dinner ticket at an additional cost that is yet to be specified.


When logging into the Conftool submission system, please follow the instructions carefully to ensure that your contribution can be considered for the 52. DGPs congress/ 15. ÖGP conference. Please note that submissions have to be made through this link.