Spring is a period when not only nature awakes and flourishes. This spring has been very intensive and full of events for DESCnet and the Caucasus region more broadly. In April, Ilia State University and New Vision University in Tbilisi jointly organised the AESC Second Annual Convention under the topic “Divided over European Values? Normative Cleavages in the South Caucasus and the Impact of the EU – Russia – Turkey Value Discourse”. The tow intensive days of the convention were filled with panels by prominent scholar and students, discussions over Georgia in transformation and Armnia’s rapprochement with the EU, issues of sacularisaion and borderlines, tools for conflict resolution and policy strategies. Special attention was also given to students’ panels as an initiative to give young scholars the chance to introduce their developing, but already clear prospectus of research. As a side goal, students had the chance to experience the research process, stand for and idea, defend his/her point of view and debate with concise arguemtns.