Category Archives: Program

New Regional Network and Affinity Group Meetings

New Regional Network

Members of ISTR’s regional networks will meet on Thursday at 6:15pm.  Just announced is a meeting of those who wish to consider the formation of a new regional network group focused on Russia, Central Asia and the other former Soviet republics beyond the EU’s eastern borders.

To gauge interest, the organizers will convene an exploratory meeting of researchers with interests in this region. The meeting will be held concurrent with the other regional network meetings on Thursday, 6:15 pm, in the Aulan room on Campus Ersta.

Many scholars working on Central and Eastern Europe may well feel at home in the Europe regional network at this point, but would also be welcome to help discuss common issues and the proper boundaries of a potential new regional interest group.

The other existing Regional Networks and PhD Seminar alumni will meet at the same time – Thursday at 6:15pm – on Campus Ersta:

  •  Africa (Sal 2)
  • Asia Pacific (Sal 1)
  • Europe (Stora Salen)
  • Latin America and the Caribbean (Sal 4)
  • PhD Seminar Alumni (Sal 3)

New Affinity Group on Research on Volunteering

This year the ISTR Conference will convene the first meeting of the new affinity group for those with an interest in research on volunteering.  The affinity group is open and free for anyone to join who is interested in networking with a community of academics and practitioners advancing the field of research on volunteering.  The group will meet on Friday at 12:30 at the Ersta Conference Center in Clara Eckerstromstromsalen.

The formation of this affinity group results from an increasing interest in the distinctive features of research on volunteering, an increased awareness that there is a benefit in connecting the diverse research components in the field, and an increased awareness that stronger efforts must be made to build connections among those carrying out this type of research in all regions of the globe.  A major factor underpinning this interest results from the adoption in September of the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which recognizes the important role of volunteers in the achievement of the goals and the publication in June of a report by the United Nations Secretary General on Integrating Volunteering in the Next Decade, which calls for increased research and policy action on volunteering.

The other existing affinity groups on Gender and Law and Regulation will meet at 12:30 at the Ersta Conference Center in Norrbysalen and the Biblioteket, respectively.


Have you sent your paper to your moderator?

Today is the date authors are asked to submit their papers to their session moderators.  This is so that they will have ample time to review your research and develop relevant discussion questions for the session.

As a reminder, please send your papers directly to your moderators.  You can find their contact information in the ISTR database.

Directions to the Conference Venues

Directions and public transit information for the ISTR conference venues has been posted on the conference website.  We recommend you print these directions and bring them with you.  While you are at it, why not download the conference app and have all of this information at your fingertips when you arrive in Stockholm?

As a reminder, all of the papers, panels, and poster sessions will be held at the Ersta Skondal University College and Conference Center.  Conference Registration opens 10:00am at the Ersta Conference Center (tent).

Address for Ersta Conference Center: Erstagatan 1 K

That evening, the welcome reception will take place at Stockholm City Hall.  RSVPs have been previously requested of participants.  Your invitation for this event will be provided to you when you register earlier that day.

Address: Hantverkargatan 1

Wednesday morning the conference will kick off at the Rival Hotel.  Registration will open at 8:00am for the 9:00am session.

That afternoon sessions will resume at Ersta Skondal University College and Conference Center.




Get the ISTR Conference App!


The ISTR Conference is mobile with an event app for your smart phone or tablet!

Download the app at: on an iPhone, iPad or Android device (not a desktop or laptop). You will be taken to the correct app store. The url is case sensitive.

• Find sessions by theme, speakers and day
• Access addresses and maps at your fingertips
• Find restaurants in Stockholm
• Follow the event on twitter at #ISTR2016
• Plan your own schedule
• Catch notifications during the conference
• Enjoy!




RSVP for Opening and Closing Gala Receptions

The Swedish hosts are happy to welcome you to an Opening Reception on the first day of the conference, June 28, at 7 pm (admission from 6.30). And, to a Gala Reception after the Closing Plenary with ISTR Lecture Prize Recipient Stanley Katz on Friday July 1. The Gala Reception starts at approximately  7 pm.

For security reasons, ISTR Conference Participants are required to confirm their participation in the Opening Reception. Your RSVP is also required for the closing Gala Reception.

To register for both receptions, just go to and fill out the short online form.

For the Opening Reception, the City of Stockholm kindly invites all participants to the beautiful Stockholm City Hall. The City Hall is famous for its grand ceremonial halls and unique art pieces and is the venue of the Nobel Prize banquet held on 10th of December each year. The venue for the Opening Reception is the Blue Hall which is also the place for the Nobel festivities. During the evening a guide from the City Hall will give us a short presentation about the building’s history, architecture and the Nobel price banquet. The guide will also be on hand throughout the evening to answer questions.

After the Closing Plenary Session on the last day of the conference, the Swedish hosts are happy to invite conference participants to a Gala Reception. The Gala Reception will include a welcome drink, buffet, live music and dancing. The venue for the Gala Reception is Norra Latin Conference Center in the Stockholm City center. This venue is close the Stockholm Central Station and thereby also to airport trains and buses.

Thank you for your cooperation.  We look forward to welcoming you to Stockholm!

Ersta Sköndal University College, Local Hosts of the 2016 ISTR Conference

Conference Program Posted

At long last, the final schedule for paper, panel, and roundtable sessions is available on our website!  Please click here to see when your session will take place.  Please note that we have made every attempt to honor special requests that we submitted to us in advance and will not be entertaining additional requests at this time.

Additional information regarding contacting your moderators by June 10 to share your final papers will be provided shortly.

In the coming weeks we will also be sharing more information about the plenary and special sessions, opening and closing receptions, and information for how to download the conference app so that you can have all of this information and more at your fingertips.  Stay tuned to this blog to keep up to date on the latest conference developments.


ISTR Hotels and Provisional Program

We’ve posted a provisional program on our website so that you can get a sense of the daily schedule and a map showing the locations of the various conference venues.  A few items are worth noting.  The bulk of the conference – all of the paper sessions – will take place at the Ersta Conference Center Ersta Skondal Campus (they are one block apart from each other).  At the end of the first day, we have been invited to host our opening reception at the fabulous Stockholm City Hall.  (Please note that only those who register by May 25 will be allowed to attend as we need to give them a complete list of attendees well in advance for security reasons).

(Stockholm City Hall)

The second day we will start things off at the Hotel Rival for the opening plenary with Theda Skocpol.  Then, after lunch that day we will all move back to the Ersta Conference Center and Ersta Skondal Campus for the paper sessions.

Fast forward a couple of days, past the paper/poster/roundtable sessions and many other exciting activities to be described later in other posts, we will close things up with the ISTR Lecture by Stanley Katz, award presentations, and gala reception at Norra Latin, the City Conference Center.

This will all mean a bit of hopping around town, but we feel very fortunate to have been able to secure these beautiful venues for our members.  It also adds a bit of variety to our conference and affords us the opportunity to see a bit more of the city.

So, given the location of these venues, where should you stay in Stockholm?  

We’ve had a number of inquires about this so here are some thoughts.  We’ve secured rooms at several hotels at a variety of price levels in Stockholm, which you can review here. All of these hotels were chosen because of their proximity to the conference – generally from 10-30 minutes walking distance – and/or their price.  The exception to this is the Langholmen, the former prison, which is father but we couldn’t resist booking because of the novelty of the idea.

We are working out the bugs in the booking systems posted on our website but with your help we’ll get it all sorted.  We have heard from some that the booking codes aren’t working for everyone, or that they are finding prices cheaper on other websites. We also don’t have booking codes listed for every hotel yet, but these are in progress and will be posted shortly.  Stay tuned.

Be sure to be in touch (comment on this blog or send us an email to if you have any insights of tips to offer to others.  Where are you staying and what would you recommend?