Call for Posters: Influencing EU Politics: Mobilization and Representation of European Civil Society, 29 May – 1 June 2013, Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany, Chaired by Patrick Bernhagen (Zeppelin University), Co-chaired by Daniel Naurin (Gothenburg University)

The conference will provide a forum for intense and structured exchange about ongoing research on the role of non-state actors in EU politics. It will bring together leading scholars and young researchers to discuss work in progress and identify future research needs. A number of analytically distinct but empirically related dimensions of interest group involvement in the EU’s multi-level political system will be targeted:

  • populations of interest groups in the EU and the member states
  • professionalization of European civil society groups
  • strategies for influencing political decision making
  • strategic framing of policy issues
  • effective influence on EU policy outcomes
  • the intersection of interest groups and political parties
  • political advocacy of European bureaucracies
  • prospects and challenges for the effective regulation of European interest representation.

Reflecting the different stages and dimensions of the influence production process in the EU, these topics deal with some of the most pressing questions today within the research fields of civil society, lobbying and public policy.

Conference format

  • keynote lectures by invited speakers
  • poster sessions by young & early stage researchers
  • round table and open discussion periods

Call for Posters

The organizers invite original poster presentations on the topics listed in the conference description above. Submissions are limited to one poster abstract per author. Abstracts should be in English and their length should not exceed 2000 characters. Please note that:

  • All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers
  • Authors of accepted posters will be expected to arrange printing and transportation of their posters by themselves, but might be eligible for full or partial conference grants covering other conference costs (see further below)

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15th March 2013. Abstracts should be emailed to Patrick.Bernhagen[at]

Confirmed speakers include

Joost Berkhout, University of Amsterdam
Jan Beyers, University of Antwerp
Anne Binderkrantz, Aarhus University
Raj Chari, Trinity College Dublin
Lisa Dellmuth, Stockholm University
Andreas Dür, University of Salzburg
Rainer Eising, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Danica Fink Hafner, University of Ljubljana
Justin Greenwood, Robert Gordon University
Beate Kohler, Mannheim Centre for Political Research
Beth Leech, Rutgers University
Christine Mahoney, University of Virginia
William Maloney, University of Newcastle
Anne Rasmussen, University of Leiden

Conference schedule

29 May 2013: arrival in Friedrichshafen and welcome dinner
30 and 31 May 2013: plenary sessions
1 June: optional social activity / departure


The conference fee is 170 €. This includes catering during the conference, dinners and the conference pack.

A small number of full conference grants (covering travel, accommodation, dinners, lunches, coffee breaks and conference fee) are available for early career researchers* presenting a poster. If the number of selected posters exceeds the number of available grants, grants will be awarded on the basis of the best submissions as identified by the Scientific Advisory Committee.

A small number of partial conference grants (covering accommodation, dinners, lunches, coffee breaks and conference fee) are available for early career researchers* attending the conference. To apply for a partial grant, send your CV and a one-page proposal outlining your current research interests and their relevance to the conference theme by 15th March 2013 to Patrick.Bernhagen[at]

Notifications to selected authors and grantees will be sent out by 22th March 2013.

* An early career researcher is someone who at the time of the application has not been in an established position for more than 5 years. Therefore, graduate students, post-doctorate researchers and lecturers within 5 years of appointment would be amongst those included in this definition.


Application deadline: 15th March 2013

If you are interested in participating, please follow the link to the registration form.

Up-to-date information on the conference is available here.