IGSC - 17th Conference

The 17th East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference

Hawaii Imin International Conference Center
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA 
February 15-17, 2018

Opening Ceremony:  Thursday, February 15, 2018, 4:30-6:00 pm; Keynote speaker: Henk Rogers, Entrepreneur and Clean Energy Visionary

Henk B. Rogers is a Dutch-born entrepreneur and clean energy visionary, who has dedicated the past decade of his career to the research, development, advocacy and implementation of renewable energy sources in Hawaii. Rogers studied computer science at the University of Hawaii and went on to revolutionize the video game industry by securing the rights for the blockbuster, Tetris, which 30 years later remains a bestseller and global icon of gaming culture. Full bio

Conference Paper Presentations:  Friday-Saturday, February 16-17, 2018

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The keynote address and conference paper presentations are open to the public. Receptions and meals are open to conference registrants only. Same-day registration will be available on Thursday, February 15.

The East-West Center will welcome graduate students from around the world for the 17th Annual International Graduate Student Conference (EWC-IGSC) on the Asia Pacific Region, taking place in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, USA from February 15–17, 2018. The Conference will provide an opportunity to share interdisciplinary perspectives formally, through presenting research papers and attending other panel presentations, and informally in the multi-cultural environment of the East-West Center in Hawai‘i. Participation in the 2018 conference will involve 112 graduate students from 31 nationalities, and 54 prominent universities throughout the world. This student-initiated and student-led Conference has been held annually at the EWC since 2002 and is one of the largest international graduate student conferences focused on the Asia Pacific region. More then 275 abstracts were received for this year's conference.

The 2018 IGSC Chair is Jonah Preising, an EWC Graduate Degree Fellow earning a Ph.D. in Learning Design and Technology.

Please click here to complete the post-conference survey!

Click here to submit an abstract for the 18th conference, taking place Feb. 14-16, 2019! The deadline for abstract submission is August 29, 2018.

Conference Venue and Accomodation

The conference will be held at the Hawaii Imin International Conference Center, at 1777 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848, which adjoins the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus and the East-West Center residence halls. Refer to the Conference Center website for more information.

A limited number of rooms at the East-West Center residence halls has been reserved for registered conference participants on a space available basis. Special rates will be made available for conference participants but will be applicable only from February 15–17, 2018. (However, once you check out, the special rates will not be applicable if you check in again during the specified period). Make sure that you mention the International Graduate Student Conference when you reserve a room.

The rates per night for the conference participants are as follows:

Hale Manoa & Hale Kuahine
- Single room dorm - $18/night
- Double dorm room - $27/night

Lincoln Hall
- Studio room - $38/night
- Corner Studio room - $50/night
- 1 bedroom w/kitchen room - $60/night

Rent is due upon check in.

The single and double rooms (in Hale Manoa and Hale Kuahine) are dormitory style with shared bathroom/toilet facilities while the studio (in Lincoln Hall) has its own bathroom/toilet facility. Sheets/blankets/pillows are provided in the dormitories, and all of those plus towels are also provided in Lincoln Hall. None of them has air conditioning. Shared kitchen facilities and coin-operated laundry machines are available in Hale Manoa and Hale Kuahine.

Please refer to the EWC Housing website for details (including pictures of the rooms) and reservation procedure.

Participants are requested to get in touch with EWC Housing authorities directly for their accommodation reservation as well as questions thereto by email at: [email protected]. Please wait until you are notified about the results of abstract selection committee before making a reservation.

We look forward to welcoming you to the East-West Center. In preparation of your arrival, please visit our East-West Center Visitor Information webpage (http://ewcparticipantinfo.org/) where you can find useful tips for your stay here. 

U.S. Visa Information

Non-US participants who need a B-1 visa to enter the United States are encouraged to start looking for information related to obtaining a US visa in your country. The following websites may be useful for you:

US Embassies 
- for embassy location, policies, and procedures for visa applications/issuance

Visa Appointments & Waiting Times
- for wait times for required visa appointments/issuance by consular post

Visa Waiver Program
- for countries participating in a visa waiver program with the United States

Past Conferences

For additional information, as well as photos, please refer to the web pages for past conferences, available in the right-hand menu.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For FAQs regarding the conference, including visitor information, conference logistics, and transportation options from the airport to the EWC, please click here.

Contact Information

The International Graduate Student Conference
c/o EWC Education Program
1601 East-West Road, Burns Hall 2089
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848
Ph. (808) 944-7458
Fax (808) 944-7070
Email:  [email protected]