Excellence, Diversity and Growth: A historical biography of the IMISCOE Research Network

26 March 2015

By Aafke Brus, Radboud University Nijmegen

August 2014

5. Events

Besides research and publications, the organization of events such as conferences, symposia and PhD schools has been a key part of IMISCOE’s activities. Especially IMISCOE’s annual conference has become a key part of the agenda of migration scholars from all over Europe (and increasingly also beyond). Since 2004, 11 annual conferences have been organized (see table 3). In the coming years, the IMISCOE annual conferences will be held in Geneva (2015), Prague (2016) and Rotterdam (2017).


Table 3: IMISCOE annual conferences

2004 Coimbra (CES)

2005 Osnabruck (IMI)

2006 Vienna (ICMPD)

2007 Sussex (SCMR)

2008 Bilbao (DEUSTO)

2009 Stockholm (CEIFO)

2010 Liège (CEDEM)

2011 Warsaw (CMR)

2012 Amsterdam (IMES)

2013 Malmö (MIM)

2014 Madrid (IUEM)

2015 Geneva (SFM, nccr)

2016 Prague (GEOMIGRACE)

2017 Rotterdam (EUR)


The first two annual conferences were organized according to a fixed format with two day plenary sessions followed by afternoon cluster workshops. However, this format changed at the third conference, when more time was granted to other activities of IMISCOE, like feasibility studies workshops, cross cluster workshops and policy events. When IMISCOE became an IRN, there was less budget for the annual conferences. However, the member institutes decided to continue their support for the conferences at the own cost, and they decided to install a conference fee. Since 2009, the academic format of the IMISCOE conferences has become most prominent, with open calls for papers and panels and a quality review board for assessing submitted proposals. In 2014, IMISCOE also re-introduced workshops besides panels at the annual conferences; this included book workshops as well as policy-oriented workshops. IMISCOE’s research groups and standing committees have a ‘fixed’ place at the IMISCOE conferences.


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Spring conference

2023 IMISCOE Spring Conference

15-17 of March 2023, hybrid event in Nice & online
Event organised by: Unité de Recherche Migrations Sociétés (URMIS) , University of Côte d’Azur (Nice). Deadline for paper submissions: 09th of December 2022 (23:59 CET)

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Annual Conference

20th IMISCOE Annual Conference

3-6 July 2023, Warsaw & online
Inequalities invariably intertwine with migration. On the micro-scale, socio-economic inequalities shape the propensity to migrate. On a macro-scale, South-North and East-West dynamics act as migration drivers. Recent mobility-related debates include...

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PhD School

2023 IMISCOE PhD School

24-28 April 2023, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (on-site)
Event organized by: Brussels Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Migration and Minorities ( BIRMM , Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies ( CEDEM , Université de Liège), Centre for the Social Study of Migration and...

Book Launch event: Revisiting Migrant Networks: Migrants and their Descendants in Labour Markets

20 September 2022, 17:00 (CEST), Online
The book "Revisiting Migrant Networks: Migrants and their Descendants in Labour Markets" provides new conceptualisations on the networks of migrants and their descendants in accessing the labour market. In this 90 minutes book launch event we will...

Webinar: Older migrants, race and racism

The IMISCOE Anti-Racism Working Group (ARWG) webinar series continues thanks to the Older Migrants Standing Committee 23/05/2022 (14:00-15:30 CEST) Guest Speakers: Sandra Torres (Uppsala University, Sweden) Laia Bécares (University of Sussex, United...