Virtual IPSA World Congress Update - 10 February

We are pleased to announce that the revised procedures and timelines for the 2021 Virtual IPSA World Congress to be held on 10-15 July 2021 are now available on the Congress website.

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.

For more information please visit the Virtual Congress page which will be updated regularly.

Additional Congress Day

Transitioning to a virtual format entails numerous adjustments and modifications to the program, and we wish to thank you, in advance, for your patience and understanding. Our goal is to make sure that Congress participants have a fulfilling experience in a virtual environment. Therefore, an additional day will be added to the initial Congress dates to accommodate a large number of panels and schedule simultaneous sessions in the most optimal way to cover different time zones. The revised dates of the 26th IPSA World Congress of Political Science are 10-15 July 2021. The preliminary schedule of panels and sessions will be available in May and will be subject to change. 

Reduced Registration Fees

We are pleased to announce that IPSA’s Executive Committee has decided to reduce the Congress Registration Fees.

It is essential to acknowledge that the reduction of registration fees is not that virtual events are less expensive and easier to run. In fact, putting together an event the magnitude of the World Congress requires a lot more advance preparation and a large technical support team. These costs and the loss of local sponsorships have made a virtual World Congress as expensive as an onsite event. However, in recognition of the economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to encourage as much international participation as possible, IPSA is offering a reduced registration fee. Members may also choose to donate the reduction in solidarity.

Solidarity Registration Fees

The full registration fee (Solidarity) is maintained for those wishing to contribute to the Global South Solidarity Fund to assist colleagues in financial need to attend future IPSA World Congresses. Those who contribute to the Global South Solidarity Fund by paying the Solidarity Rate will have their names listed to recognize their contribution on the Congress website and the virtual event platform should they choose to.

Please visit the Registration page to see the revised fees.  


Due to the transition process and the many adjustments that it entails, registration is suspended temporarily and will reopen on 18 February 2021. To confirm your attendance at the 2021 Congress, you may proceed to registration as of 18 February 2021. Please note that all Congress participants must be individual members of IPSA to register for the IPSA World Congress.

Cancellation Procedure

If you will no longer participate in the 2021 Virtual Congress, please cancel your participation by writing to to withdraw your paper/panel/role from the 2021 program. Please send your cancellation notice as soon as possible, to allow your panel to find a replacement in time. If you do not cancel, your name will remain on the program.

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. The complimentary one-year IPSA membership (offered in October 2020) will be revoked from members who cancel their Congress registration.
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.

Refund Policy - Virtual Congress Transition

Registrations completed before 1 February 2021 (date of Official Announcement) and cancelled before 18 March, are eligible for a 100% refund of the registration fee upon request (membership fees are non-refundable). Refund requests must be submitted between 18 February and 18 March 2021 to Registration fee refunds will be processed within three (3) weeks following the date of the request. The regular Refund Policy applies to registrations completed after 1 February 2021.