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