Call for  Participation

6th International Student Conference in Tourism Research (ISCONTOUR 2018)

and IFITT Doctoral Summer School 2018

IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, Austria

Jointly organised by the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences and IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, the ISCONTOUR 2018 will be hosted at the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, Austria.

Research papers from the widest spectrum of the below mentioned topics are presented by students and graduates of Bachelor-, Master and Doctoral Degree programmes. Submitted papers are be based on approved Bachelor- or Master-Theses which were submitted between 2015 and 2017, or evaluated seminar papers handed-in between 2015 and 2017.

IFITT Doctoral Summer School 2018
The International Federation for IT in Travel & Tourism Doctoral Summer School is integrated as an essential part into the ISCONTOUR programme. The IFITT Doctoral Summer School offers a unique forum for early-career researchers to actively exchange, share and challenge state-of-the-art research and industrial case studies on the application of ICTs for travel and tourism. The Doctoral Summer School will focus on research methods, academic publishing, and how to write a dissertation. Participants will have the opportunity to present their work or their ideas and discuss them with peers and invited academics and practitioners. The IFITT Doctoral Summer School is aimed at both, PhD students and early career researchers.   

Important Dates:

Paper submission deadline: closed
Reviewers feedback: February 2018
Final paper submission: March 2018

Early bird registration closes: 16 April 2018
Conference registration closes: 12 May 2018

Conference dates: 14-15 May 2018

The best three submitted papers in each of the following categories will be awarded!

  • Best ISCONTOUR 2018 Research Paper
  • Best ISCONTOUR 2018 ICT-related Research Paper (sponsored by IFITT)
  • Best IFITT Doctoral Summer School 2018 Paper

The awardees of the best research papers will be rewarded during the conference.

Paper Guidelines

Papers submitted for ISCONTOUR must comprise 12 pages and should be innovative in order to advance the body of knowledge of the related fields. Submissions for the IFITT Doctoral Summer school must be based on PhD-theses in progress and 6 pages in length. All submissions will be evaluated for novelty, significance and soundness by an international scientific review committee. The Conference Proceedings (printed copy) will include all accepted papers.

Before submitting a paper, please read the Author Guidelines carefully.

Topics to be covered at the conference include but are not limited to:

  • Marketing and Management
  • Tourism Product Development & Sustainability
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Financing and Budgeting
  • Human Resource Management

The conference aims to offer students and graduates a unique platform to present their research and to establish a mutual knowledge transfer and networking forum for attendees from academia, industry, government and other organisations.


ISCONTOUR Testimonials

stefanie_bohacek_klein_2Stefanie Bohacek, best-ICT-related paper award winner, summarises her ISCONTOUR 2015 experience: „If you would have asked me half a year ago if I could imagine an academic career I would have most probably answered with ‘I don’t know.’ However, when my research paper got accepted by the ISCONTOUR committee and especially when it received the Best ICT Paper Award I realized that there might be an undiscovered strength and passion in me for research work. Now, that I could present my study – on which I spent a large amount of hours time and energy – I begun to understand how good it feels to talk about something that YOU created.”

The targeted audiences include international students, graduates, teachers and lecturers from the field of tourism and leisure management as well as companies and anyone interested in the conference topic areas.

Margit Kastner_kleinSenior Lecturer Dr Margit Kastner (Vienna University of Economics and Business), member of ISCONTOUR scientific committee, explains why professors and supervisors should encourage students to submit their research and participate in ISCONTOUR: “As a supervisor of many BA- and MA-theses I have often witnessed outstanding work of students left to collect dust. Innovative and useful work often is read by myself as the examiner only, which is a real shame. For this reason, I support the ISCONTOUR and also encourage my students to share the essence of their research with the world by submitting a paper to this conference. Students perceive it as a rewarding experience and a great opportunity to learn and to obtain interesting and valuable feedback on their research from reviewers as well as the crowd at the conference. Additional incentives to participate are the chance to listen to inspiring speakers, to engage in research workshops, and to network.”