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08 - 09 Feb 2021Doctoral Meeting of Researchers in International Taxation (DocMIT) and Postdoctoral International Tax Forum (PITF)

In 2021, IBFD will organize the 18th edition of the meeting for doctoral researchers and the 9th edition of its postdoctoral (early-career scholars) meeting.
Online Event
Doctoral Meeting of Researchers in International Taxation (DocMIT) and Postdoctoral International Tax Forum (PITF)
The purpose of the DocMIT and PITF is to provide 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 feedback provided by peers from around the world.

Who should attend?

The DocMIT is designed for students working on their doctoral theses in the fields of international, European or comparative tax law. There are no age limits or requirements concerning the stage of development of theses.
Nevertheless, we expect all participants to have made some substantial progress in their research already and to have a good grasp of their subject, well-defined research questions, at least a first outline of their 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 12 doctoral students will be admitted. Applications will be selected on the basis of the quality and originality of their research as stated in the synopsis.

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
  • Be under the age of 50
  • Spend 30% or more of their work time on research-related activities (regardless of the place in which such activities are performed: 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 12 researchers will be admitted. Applications will be selected on the basis of the quality and originality of the research.

Individual coaching sessions (DocMIT and PITF)
One of the key components of the meetings is the individual coaching sessions. Each participant will present an overview of his/her research project and the specific details in terms of the findings made and/or obstacles faced. Participants are expected to highlight the most interesting and controversial issues in their research and to introduce some questions and/or propositions
specifically conceived to provoke discussion amongst the participants. The time should be equally split between the researcher’s 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. The aforementioned template is designed to help the
participants better structure their research, although deviations from it are permitted in order to highlight the relevant issues to be presented. Participants (or IBFD researchers) with an interest in a similar or related topic may be invited, in advance, to prepare a short input statement on one of the presentations. After each input, feedback by the coaches and mentors will be given. The discussions will aim to cover the individual topics presented, as well as the common themes and connections between them.
Methodological sessions (DocMIT)
In addition to the presentations, we will have a special methodological session on academic writing. This will cover important topics such as the object of research, methodology, research plan, selection of materials, definition of the right output and insights into how to get published.

Please note that participation in all sessions is mandatory.
Panel of experts:
  • Hugh Ault – Em. Professor at Boston College Law School, the United States
  • 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
  • Rainer Prokisch – Professor at Maastricht University, the Netherlands
  • María Teresa Soler Roch – Professor at the University of Alicante, Spain
  • Frans Vanistendael – Em. Professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Stef van Weeghel – Professor at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Chairman of the IBFD Board of Trustees;Tax Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Joanna Wheeler – Senior Principal Research Associate of the Academic Department, IBFD, and the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands



Application procedure and requirements
All documents should be sent to

In order to apply, please send us via email:
- A short CV (see infra)
- A synopsis of your research (please follow this template)
- A scanned version of the certificate of enrolment in an official PhD programme

In order to apply, please send us via email:
- A short CV (see infra)
- A synopsis of your research (please follow this template)
- A scanned version of your PhD certificate

Please note
The CV should include: contact details (phone number and email address); a full list of your academic degrees; universities or research institutes of affiliation; name(s) and contact details of supervisor(s); the working title of your doctoral or postdoctoral research project; start and expected end dates of the research; and a list of academic publications and teaching assignments (if applicable).
For those who have already participated in previous editions of the meetings, participation is still possible insofar as the topic of the research is substantially different; nonetheless, priority will be given to those who have not attended before.
Prior to the meeting, all participants will receive by email:
- The final schedule of the meetings
- All synopses and PowerPoints of the participants. Everyone is expected to carefully read the materials in advance in order to provide useful feedback

Important information
- The official language of both meetings is English.
- We normally confirm receipt of all emails within two working days. If you do not receive a confirmation within this time frame, please contact us telephonically.
- No fee will be charged for attending the meeting.

Deadlines and time frame
Thursday, 31 December 2020:
Applications for the DocMIT and PITF
Thursday, 7 January 2020: Announcement of the selected participants
Thursday, 21 January: Submission of PowerPoint presentations and of the revised synopses
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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