Pakistan Institute of Development Economics


PIDE’s 1st Students Conference

Call for Posters/Smart Papers Presentation

One-day Student Conference


July 20, 2022, between 9.00 am to 5.00 pm


Established in 1957, The Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) has transformed itself into Pakistan’s premier research institution. Over the past 61 years, PIDE has earned an enviable reputation nationally and internationally for the robustness of its research.

Since being granted university status in 2006, PIDE’s mission has evolved further. It provides world-class quality education in an excellent learning environment. Its research units produce quality research for academia and policymakers alike. Its research staff and faculty are trained from reputable international and national institutions, and its advisory committee consists of world-renowned economists.

Pakistan faces enormous challenges, and PIDE feels that new and fresh approaches to its issues are required. To take the development agenda further, PIDE will be hosting a one-day student conference on ‘Pakistan’s Socio-Economic Outlook: What Does the Future Hold?’ on July 20, 2022, at PIDE, QAU Campus Islamabad, between 9.00 am and 5.00 am. The conference is open to graduate students in higher education.

The conference will provide an excellent platform for the brightest and the best from universities across Pakistan – the policymakers of the future – to present their thoughts on Pakistan’s numerous challenges to a broader audience, and showcase the solutions needed for sustainable development through well-researched Posters and Smart Papers.

 Conference Themes

Pakistan faces many challenges – a failing economy, an education system that requires a revamp, a burgeoning population, a lack of female empowerment, gender inequality, and dwindling natural resources.

The conference theme is to showcase solutions to the socio-economic complexities and challenges facing Pakistan:

i. Sustainable Economic Growth

ii. Education, Human Capital and Opportunities for Youth – Preparing the Leaders of the Future

iii. Female Empowerment/Gender Equality

iv. Towards Cleaner Energy

v. Climate Change–How Pakistan Can Prepare

vi. Regulatory Frameworks

vii. Real Estate Economics

viii. Judicial Reform


Graduate students in higher education specialising in public policy, economics, education, development and gender studies, greener energy, climate change/finance and law are invited to participate in the conference.  


PIDE will host the conference on its premises. The communication will be in English.

Mode of Conference

The conference will consist exclusively of posters and smart papers and will be in two formats:

  • Poster Presentations
  • Smart Papers

Important Dates

Submission of abstract Smart Papers/Posters presentationJune 15, 2022
Notification of acceptanceJune 25, 2022
Submission of posters/smart paperJuly 10, 2022
Submission of presentation for paperJuly 13, 2022
Conference datesJuly 20, 2022

Requirements for Poster Presentation/Smart Papers

Posters – Formatting Guidelines

i. Times New Roman, Font Size 11, Line spacing 1.15, Paragraph Spacing 6×6 after each paragraph.

ii. File Size: Maximum file size is 4 Megabytes (4MB)

iii. File Format: Save your file as a PDF for quick and easy upload

iv. All illustrations and text must be readable from 6 feet

v. Kindly forward High-Resolution posters for quality printing

Smart Papers – Formatting Guidelines

i. The Smart Papers should be x pages, including references (excluding the cover page).

ii. The cover page must detail the research title, author(s) name, email address, telephone number, and postal address of the corresponding author.

iii. In PDF format

iv. The Smart Papers should be around 3,000 to 3,500 words long.

The list mentioned above is illustrative and is not exhaustive, and hence any other topic that can be brought under the purview of the main streams will be allowed.

Submission Guidelines

The Posters and Smart Papers will be submitted only through the electronic system. No email and hard copy will be accepted.

Applicants are requested to submit Posters/Smart Papers to the following email address: [email protected]

What PIDE Requires from Posters/Smart Papers

The Posters/Smart Papers must be:

  • Originality – Presenting new ideas and insights; utilising existing research/literature
  • Significance – The relevance of the solutions presented in preparing for present/future challenges
  • Engaging – The Smart Posters/Smart Papers must not be boring! The senior researchers and peers must be impressed and engaged by what they see and hear
  • Quality – Research must be backed up by robust empirical research. Participants must be able to justify their presentations and approach
  • Clarity – Relevant, clear, concise and easily understood

Modalities of Posters/Smart Papers

 The modalities of presentation and time for the presentation of Posters/Smart Papers will be shared only with authors after acceptance of Posters/Smart Papers.

Previously unpublished papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication.

Registration Fees:

  • Presenter: 2,000/- Pkr. (from those students whose poster/paper is accepted)
  • Participants: 1,000/- Pkr.

Please Note: PIDE will not be responsible for students/participants’ travelling, accommodation, boarding, etc. The respective universities will be responsible for such costs.

Certificates will be given to the presenters and participants. 

Details of the bank account where registration fees can be deposited will be provided later.

Cash Prize

Experts from PIDE will select three prize-winning presentations at the conference. The cash awards are as follows:

DescriptionPoster PresentationSmart Paper
First prize40,000 and Shield60,000 and Shield
Second prize20,000 and Shield30,000 and Shield
Third prize10,000 and Shield20,000 and Shield

Any queries on the call for Posters/Smart Papers should be sent to:

Mr. Wasif Rashid

Director, ORIC

Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE)

Quaid-e-Azam University Campus, Islamabad, Pakistan

Email: [email protected]


Ms. Saba ul Hussain

Upper Division Clerk

Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE)

Quaid-e-Azam University Campus, Islamabad, Pakistan

Email: [email protected]