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18 - 19 May 2016Doctoral Meeting of Researchers in International Taxation (DocMIT) and Postdoctoral International Tax Forum (PITF)

In 2016, IBFD will organize the 14th edition of the meeting for doctoral researchers and the 5th edition of its postdoctoral researchers’ meeting.

 

 
Category:
Conference/Seminar
Language:
English
Location:
Amsterdam - The Netherlands
Doctoral Meeting of Researchers in International Taxation (DocMIT) and Postdoctoral International Tax Forum (PITF)
The purpose of these meetings is to provide the researchers with an opportunity to discuss their current research projects with leading academics and a select circle of colleagues. Participants benefit from tailored coaching provided by our panel of international tax professors, as well as from the feedback provided by peers from various parts of the world.
 
Our aim is to provide researchers with a forum to further their research in the field of taxation. Participants attending all sessions will receive a certificate issued by IBFD Academic.
 

 

Who should attend?

 

DocMIT

The DocMIT is designed for students working on their doctoral thesis in the field of international, European or comparative tax law. There are no age limits or requirements concerning the stage of development of the theses.
Nevertheless, we expect all participants to have already made some substantial progress in their research in order to have a good grasp of their subject, to have well defined research questions, at least a first outline of the thesis and preferably some preliminary conclusions. Doctoral students should be at a stage where the external coaching and exchange of points are most valuable.
 
A maximum of 8 doctoral students will be admitted. Applications will be selected on the basis of the quality and originality of the research as stated in the synopsis.
 

PITF

The aim of the PITF is to provide a worldwide forum for young tax scholars from all over the world to meet and discuss their ongoing research projects. In order to qualify applicants must:

  • Have obtained their PhD (before the application closing date)
  • Be younger than 50
  • Spend 30% or more of their work time on research-related activities (regardless of the place where they are developed: universities, international organizations, institutes, research centres, etc.)

Candidates are expected to be in the process of developing a comprehensive research project on international, European or comparative taxation, preferably different from the one that granted them their doctoral degree. University professors and lecturers are particularly encouraged to apply. A maximum of 8 researchers will be admitted. Applications will be selected on the basis of the quality and originality of the research.

Individual coaching sessions

One of the key sections of the meetings is the individual coaching session. Each participant will present an overview of her/his research project, and the specific details in terms of findings made and/or obstacles faced. Participants are expected to highlight the most interesting and controversial issues of their research and to introduce some questions or propositions conceived to provoke discussion amongst the participants. The time should be equally split between the researcher findings so far and the outstanding issues and questions.

Participants will receive in advance a schedule specifying the date and time of each presentation. A PowerPoint template will be provided by IBFD for the selected candidates to create their presentations.

Participants (or IBFD researchers) with interest in a similar or related topic may be invited, in advance, to prepare a short input statement on one of the presentations. Each one of them will be followed by feedback from peers and mentors from our international panel of professors.
 
The discussions are aimed at covering the individual topics presented as well as the common themes and connections between them.
 
The DocMIT and PITF sessions are only for selected participants.
 

Inter-disciplinary symposium on international taxation

Following the very positive experience of the last year, this year we will host again a symposium dedicated to fundamental interdisciplinary issues concerning international taxation. Both doctoral and postdoctoral researchers are invited to apply to be an active participant in this symposium, by presenting a high quality paper and by delivering a 20-minute presentation, based on the paper. This year’s topic is “Abuse and aggressive tax planning: between the OECD and EU initiatives”. Speakers will be selected on the basis of a Brief Explanation (no more than 500 words) and Outline (draft table of contents), to be submitted together with their application to the meetings (DocMIT or PITF). Only those selected to the DocMIT and PITF will be considered for the symposium.
 
In case you are selected to the meeting (Doc MIT / PITF) and also to the symposium, you will work on the symposium article under the supervision of an author of repute in international taxation, with the goal of publishing a high-quality article with an appropriate IBFD journal. IBFD will make a contribution towards the costs of travel and accommodation of the selected symposium speakers (up to EUR 400).
 

Methodological sessions

In addition to the presentations and the symposium, we will have a special methodological session on academic writing (for doctoral students). This will cover important topics such as object of research, methodology, research plan, selection of the materials, definition of the right output and insights into how to get published.
 
For the postdoctoral researchers, the methodological session will focus on topics that are of relevance for their academic trajectory, such as writing for peer-reviewed journals or working on collaborative research projects.
 
Please note that participation in all sessions is mandatory. 

 

Panel of experts

Both meetings will feature panels of renowned experts in international, European and comparative tax law. In the last few years we have had the honour to host:
 
  • Prof. Dr Hugh Ault – Em. Professor at Boston College Law School
  • Prof. Dr Pasquale Pistone – Academic Chairman of IBFD; Jean Monnet ad personam Professor at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law, WU Vienna, Austria and Professor at the University of Salerno, Italy
  • Prof. Dr Rainer Prokisch – Professor at Maastricht University, the Netherlands
  • Prof. Dr María Teresa Soler Roch – Professor at the University of Alicante, Spain
  • Prof. Dr Frans Vanistendael – Em. Professor at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Prof. Dr Dennis Weber – Professor at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Prof. Dr Stef van Weeghel - Professor at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Dr Joanna Wheeler – IBFD Senior Principal Research Associate and Program Director of the Advance Master in International Taxation (IBFD/UvA)
  • Prof. Dr Bertil Wiman – Professor of Tax Law at Uppsala University, Sweden; Chairman of the Executive Board of the European Association of Tax Law Professors (EATLP)
     

 

The meetings will take place at the IBFD Head Office, Rietlandpark, 301, Amsterdam, on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 May from 08:30 to 18:30.
 
In addition to the scientific part, we have also arranged a social programme for participants. Please note that on Tuesday 17 May we will enjoy our traditional Amsterdam Boat Tour (17:40 to 20:00), and on Wednesday 18 May we will host the DocMIT and PITF drinks (17:30 to 19:00).

Application requirements

DocMIT

In order to apply, please send us via email:

 

  • A short CV (see infra)
  • The synopsis of your research (please follow this template)
  • A scanned version of the certificate of enrolment in an official PhD programme

PITF

In order to apply, please send us via email:

 

Please note:
  • The CV should include the contact details (phone and email), a full list of your academic degrees, universities or research institutes of affiliation, name(s) and contact details of the supervisor(s), working title of the doctoral or postdoctoral research project; start and expected end dates of the research, list of academic publications and teaching assignments (if applicable).
  • Those applying also to be a speaker in the interdisciplinary symposium should include a brief explanation of the proposed article (no more than 500 words) and of its outline (draft table of contents). The proposed article should be a subtopic of the symposium theme.
  • For those who have already participated in previous editions of the meetings, participation is still possible insofar the topic of the (postdoctoral) research is substantially different; nonetheless, priority will be given to those who have not attended before.
  • The application does not need to follow a particular form. Please just provide the required documents and information to academic@ibfd.org.

Materials

Prior to the meeting, all participants will receive by email:

 

  • Information to prepare for their research stay in Amsterdam
  • The final schedule of the meeting
  • All synopses and PowerPoints of the participants. Everyone is expected to read carefully the materials in advance in order to provide useful feedback

Important Information

  • The official language of both meetings is English.
  • We normally confirm the receipt of all emails within 2 working days. If you do not receive a confirmation within this time frame, please contact us via phone.
  • Non EU-citizens should check with local authorities for the documents and authorizations required for travelling. If needed, we will gladly provide in advance a letter of invitation to be included in those proceedings. Please mention this at the moment of your application.
  • No fee will be charged for attending the meeting and you will be kindly invited to our complimentary a social programme. You will also be entitled to use IBFD’s restaurant and common spaces. Travel, accommodation and other expenses are to be covered by the participants (except for those selected as speakers for the symposium, who will be entitled to a EUR 400 contribution towards travel and accommodation costs).
  • Wi-Fi connection will not be available during the meetings.

Deadlines and time frame

  • Monday 23 November 2015: Applications for the DocMIT, PITF, and to be a speaker at the symposium
  • Thursday 31 December 2015: Announcement of the selected participants and of the speakers at the symposium
  • Friday 29 April 2016: Submission of PowerPoint presentations and of the revised synopses (and, for the speakers at the symposium, the final drafts of the papers).
Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions.
 
Dr João Nogueira
Adjunct to the Academic Chairman
+31-20-554 0103
Email
 
Dr Ricardo García
Postdoctoral research fellow at the IBFD
+31-20-554 0100
Email