Frequently Asked Questions


Each individual may only participate in the Congress Program once in each of the following roles: chair, co-chair, discussant, author, co-author.

  • An individual may therefore appear in the program up to 5 times in a different role.
  • A participant may present up to two papers, but in two different roles, one as main author and the other one as co-author.
    (Should more than one of your proposals be accepted, only 1 will be accepted in the final program and any others rejected.  You will have the choice to choose the proposal you wish to keep or appoint your co-author as the main author.)

The theme of the Congress and all accepted panels and papers will be maintained in the 2021 Congress program. If you already know that you are not able to attend the 2021 Congress, it is important you cancel your participation by 15 October 2020 by writing to

Participants who have a role in the program (paper author, chair, discussant) must complete the online registration and pay the fees by 01 April 2021 if they wish to appear in the Printed Program. 27 April 2021 is the final registration deadline for all panelists.

Each presentation room will be equipped with a computer, a screen and a projector. Wi-Fi Internet connection will also be available.

Note that remote presentations (via Skype) are not acceptable.

The panel is 1h45min in length, and must include time for questions. For more information about your individual panel presentation, please contact your panel convenor or panel chair directly (view the contact list in the panel).

The Abstracts and the Full papers presented at the Congress will be available (in PDF format) to IPSA members in the Conference Proceedings Library  on the website

IPSA does not publish a printed Book of Proceedings or a Book of Abstracts for the Congress.

As of 22 January 2021 email notifications with the review status are sent to individuals who submitted a proposal for a paper or panel. Accepted panels will be posted online after this date.

You may also refer to the Review Timeline for paper and panel proposals or the Important Dates page to view key deadlines.

Each panel should include a chair and at least one discussant.

Each panel should include a minimum of 4 paper presentations and a maximum of 6.

A panel lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes. Depending on the number of panelists, each paper presentation should be 10 to 20 minutes long.

You may access the Official Acceptance Letter by logging into your IPSA account at

If  you are a paper author / co-author:

If  you have a role on a panel (convenor, chair, discussant, participant):

Letters of invitation are available to participants who have registered and paid in full their registration and membership fees by logging into the account at

Once the online registration is completed, click on “Registration” in ‘My Congress’ user menu to access the following three documents in PDF format (refer to the screenshot for guidance):

  • Invitation Letter
  • Official Registration Invoice
  • Official Registration Receipt

Yes of course! You may submit a panel proposal as the convenor or a paper proposal.

You may also act as chair or discussant on your panel. Panel convenors should ensure balanced representation in terms of region, gender and stage of career.

We appreciate your patience in waiting for the next update on 30 April before contacting the IPSA Congress team as we are currently working on developing new procedures and timelines for 2021. 

After this date, feel free to contact us at the following email addresses:

For questions about Congress program or registration, email 

For questions about membership, email

For general IPSA inquiries, email 


While you complete your online Congress registration you will have the option to indicate your interest to serve as chair and/or discussant and select the session(s) of interest.