Congress Postponement to 2021

On 1 April 2020, due to the COVID-19 situation, the IPSA Executive Committee, in consultation with the Local Organizing Committee in Portugal and the Program Co-chairs, made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 IPSA World Congress to 10-14 July 2021. The Congress venue, Nova University in Lisbon, will remain the same. The main theme of the Congress, New Nationalisms in an Open World, will not change and all accepted panels and papers will be maintained. You may refer to the revised Important Dates for WC2021.

Although we were looking forward to getting together in Lisbon in 2020, IPSA’s main concern is to guarantee the health and well-being of our delegates, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and local partners. Postponing the IPSA World Congress to July 2021 will ensure a fruitful and safe Congress experience for everyone. In the meantime, we would like to thank all of you who invested time and effort into this Congress, and express our appreciation for your ongoing commitment in the upcoming months.

Official Announcement 1 April 2020: IPSA World Congress in Lisbon Postponed to July 2021


All previously accepted papers and panels remain in the 2021 Congress program. We encourage all our delegates to keep their paper and panel submissions in the program. From the enthusiastic response we received, we were expecting a historic record number of delegates in July. We hope to see you all in Lisbon in 2021, in what promises to be a prominent and successful IPSA World Congress.

Participants may access the revised Official Acceptance Letter of their paper or panel by logging into their IPSA account at

Please review the updated Important Dates for WC2021.

    Cancellation Procedure

    Participants who will not attend the 2021 Congress, must cancel their participation by 15 October 2020 by writing to to withdraw their paper/panel/role from the 2021 program. Panelists who do not cancel, will remain on the 2021 program.

    Revising Previously Accepted Paper Proposals

    If you would like to modify your paper proposal, please review the following instructions:

    • Paper authors may revise their paper abstracts until 15 October 2020, provided that the revised paper remains within the scope of the panel where it was accepted.
    • Revisions must remain within the scope of the panel description. Paper authors have to make sure that the revised paper remains compatible with the panel and contact the panel convenor for approval before modifying their proposal on the Congress website (Instructions to modify your proposal).
    • Minor changes to your paper title or abstract may be made directly in the Congress Website until 15 October 2020 (Instructions to modify your proposal).
    • If the revisions will be substantial, please cancel the existing paper abstract and submit a new paper proposal during the Call for Proposals (01 September 2020 to 20 October 2020) WC2021 Call for Papers

    Additional Call for Proposals for 2021

    Previously accepted papers and panels remain in the 2021 Program. To give the opportunity to new participants to attend the 2021 Congress, an additional call for proposals will be open from 1 September to 20 October 2020. You may review the revised Important Dates for WC2021.


    Registration is open since 20 May 2020.

    Registrations before Congress Postponement

    Registrations completed before 1 April 2020 (date of postponement announcement), will remain valid for the 2021 World Congress. A complimentary one-year IPSA membership will be offered to all IPSA members who registered before 1 April 2020 and maintain their Congress registration for 2021. The bonus year will be added to their current IPSA membership after 15 October 2020. Registered participants who will not attend the 2021 Congress, must cancel their participation by 15 October 2020 by writing to

    Registrations after Congress Postponement

    Participants who did not register and wish to confirm their attendance to the 2021 Congress, may proceed to registration. Delegates who register for the IPSA World Congress 2021 by 15 October 2020, will receive a bonus one-year IPSA membership. This bonus year will come into effect after the expiration date of your current IPSA membership. Please note that all Congress participants must be individual members of IPSA to register for the World Congress. If you are currently not an IPSA member, you will need to become one to receive the bonus year of membership. 

    Refund Policy 

    All cancellations must be sent in writing to the IPSA Secretariat at Registrations cancelled before 18 March 2021 will be refunded 50% of the registration fee paid; cancellations received as of 19 March 2021 and no-shows will not be refunded. If mailed, the 50% refund will apply to notifications post-marked by 10 March 2021.

    Please note: Membership fees are non-refundable. New and renewed membership will remain valid even if registration to the World Congress is cancelled. If you cannot attend the World Congress, please send your cancellation notice as soon as possible, to allow your panel to find a replacement in time.

    Postponement Refund Policy

    Registrations completed before 1 April 2020 (date of postponement announcement) ) and cancelled before 15 October 2020 were eligible for a 100% refund of the registration fee upon request (membership fees are non-refundable). The regular Refund Policy applies to registrations completed after 1 April 2020 (date of postponement announcement).

    Updated Documents for Congress Participants

    Registration related documents are available to participants by logging into their IPSA online at in [My Congress] user menu.

    Travel Arrangements


    Please check with your airline for options on change of dates or cancellations. Your credit card provider may also offer travel insurance.

    Participants who made a reservation with TAP Air Portugal for 2020, may apply for a travel refund voucher at

    Hotel Reservations

    If you have already booked your hotel in Lisbon, please notify your hotel immediately to change your dates or to cancel your reservation. If you booked your hotel through the IPSA World Congress website, please email
    Note: IPSA is unable to compensate for any cancellation fees or non-refundable reservations made by participants.

    Contact Us

    We appreciate your patience and support. For additional information you may visit the Frequently Asked Questions or contact us: