Virtual Platform

The WC2021 Virtual Platform is the portal where the World Congress will take place from 10 to 15 July 2021. The World Congress Team is working hard on making sure all information on panels, papers and participants have been duplicated to the Virtual Platform. 

The Virtual Platform will be accessible via invitation only. Invitations to the Attendee Portal and Speaker Portal were sent by email. Participants will be required to sign up once to join the Speaker Portal with an e-mail and password. Please refer to the Technical Requirements section below if you are experiencing access difficulties.

Time Zones

All dates and times in the Virtual Platform will be displayed in UTC. When viewing panels and sessions, local dates and times will be shown in addition to UTC based on the time zone setting of your device’s operating system. You may also refer to WorldTimeBuddy or Time Zone Converter to confirm the schedule time in UTC to your time zone.


Virtual Platform User Guides

The Virtual Platform of the 26th World Congress of Political Science will be accessible via invitation only. These invitations will soon be sent by email.

It is very important to note that there are two (2) different "portals". If you have any role in the Congress program (author, co-author, discussant, roundtable participant, panel chair or co-chair) and are a registered participant, you will receive two different invitations by email. One of those will be used to access the event as an audience member, while the other will be used to access the virtual rooms as a panelist (speaker/moderator).

  • Attendee Portal (Audience Entrance): 
    This is the gateway to access the whole event. Through this portal, you will have access to the entire program. You will be able to search for specific panels and sessions, add them to your “Agenda”, and attend panels or sessions as an observer (attendee).
  • Speaker/Moderator Portal (Stage Entrance): 
    This is the gateway to access panels in which you have a role (author, co-author, discussant, roundtable participant, panel chair or co-chair). You will be using this entrance to prepare your presentation (upload PowerPoints, prerecorded lectures, etc.) and to access the "Virtual Stage" where you will be presenting.
    Participants will be required to sign up once to join the Speaker Portal with an e-mail and password.

There will be virtual room attendants (volunteers) ready to assist if necessary during the virtual session. The room attendant will be listed in the session as a speaker and identified as "Name" IPSA Support.


Training Sessions - Speaker Portal

Two virtual platform training sessions are being held. Please join this session to familiarize yourself with the Speaker Portal of the Virtual Platform.

  • 8 July 2021 at 16:00 UTC (New)
  • 7 July 2021 at 14:00 UTC

All registered participants have been sent the Zoom Meeting Information by e-mail.

Training Session Videos - Speaker Portal


Technical Requirements for Using the Virtual Platform

Before anything, you should verify whether your computer meets the recommended requirements (listed below) for using the Virtual Platform.

Technical Requirements Validation
Use this test site to find out if your computer meets the technical requirements for using the Virtual Platform.

  • Cookies must be enabled in your browser:
  • Supported Operating Systems: 
    • Windows 10, Windows 8 or 8.1, Windows 7
    • Mac OS X, macOS 10.9 or later
    • Chrome OS
    • iOS 11 or later
    • Android 4.0 or later
    • Linux
  • Internet Connection: Broadband wired or wireless - 3G or 4G/LTE
  • Internet Browser: Chrome, Firefox or Edge (up to date)
    • Internet Explorer and Safari are not supported.
    • Not using a supported Internet Browser may lead to an error.
  • Recommended Bandwidth:
    • Webcam & microphone: 2 Mbps upload, 2 Mbps download
    • Microphone only: 1.5Mbps upload, 2 Mbps download
    • Without webcam or microphone: 1 Mbps upload, 2 Mbps download