The 2021 IPSA World Congress Goes Virtual

Due to the worsening of the COVID-19 pandemic, persistent travel restrictions and the uneven and challenging vaccination rollout process worldwide, the IPSA Executive Committee (EC) took the difficult decision to transition to a fully Virtual Congress in 2021. After analyzing all the possible options in consultation with the Local Organizing Committee in Portugal, the Program Co-chairs and the IPSA Secretariat, the EC concluded that holding the Congress onsite in July was not feasible.

IPSA’s primary concern is to guarantee the health and well-being of our delegates, exhibitors and local partners. Going virtual will ensure a safer, even more engaging and inclusive Congress experience for everyone. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, IPSA’s mission to create an inclusive and global political science community and promote collaboration between scholars remains the same. We believe that the Virtual IPSA World Congress will help us overcome the challenges we face in the current circumstances.

The main theme of the Congress, New Nationalisms in an Open World, will not change. All accepted papers and panels remain in the 2021 Congress program. All sessions, meetings, and exhibitions will take place in virtual rooms. Therefore, we encourage all our delegates to keep their papers and panels in the program.

Next Update - 10 February 2021

Please note that we are currently working on the new procedures and guidelines for the Virtual IPSA World Congress and will make them available on 10 February 2021. Please understand that there are a lot of details to consider. Therefore, we appreciate your patience in waiting for the next update on 10 February 2021 before contacting the IPSA Secretariat.

Proposal Acceptance/Rejection Notifications

The date for Proposal Acceptance/Rejection Notifications has also been pushed back to 10 February 2021.

Temporary Registration Suspension

Due to the transition process and the many adjustments that it entails, registration is suspended temporarily. More information regarding previously completed or new registrations will follow on 10 February 2021.

Please stay tuned and visit the IPSA Congress website and our social media accounts for updates as of 10 February 2021.

We are committed to organizing a globally inclusive World Congress to be remembered. Join us from the comfort of your home for what is already promising to be the most extensive program ever assembled in IPSA’s history.

Thank you for supporting IPSA’s mission.

Cordially,

Marianne Kneuer
President of IPSA

Kim Fontaine-Skronski
Executive Director of IPSA

Bertrand Badie
IPSA World Congress Program Co-Chair

Hasret Dikici Bilgin
IPSA World Congress Program Co-Chair

Carlos Jalali
Local Organizing Committee Co-Chair 

Madalena Resende
Local Organizing Committee Co-Chair