ECPR Joint Sessions
Université catholique de Louvain, Mons
8 - 12 April 2019

Proposing a Workshop

Submitting a Workshop proposal

Any scholar belonging to an institution that is a full member of the ECPR can propose to direct a Workshop. Associate members may propose to co-direct a Workshop with a scholar belonging to a full-member institution.  Scholars who have previously been a Workshop Director cannot apply for a Workshop at the two following Joint Sessions.  

A Workshop can have a maximum of two directors. Owing to the large amount of work involved in organizing a Workshop, we recommend two directors. The two directors must come from institutions from different countries.

Proposals for organising a Workshop should be submitted online.  The call for Workshops is open from October 1 until February 1. The proposal must contain the details about the Workshop Directors, an outline of the Workshop’s academic content, a description of the expected profile of the participants and the type of papers that will be included in the Workshop.

Workshop proposals can be formally endorsed by one or more Standing Groups. Potential Workshop Directors should contact the conveners of a Standing Group if they want to seek such endorsement, and need to confirm the endorsement when submitting the online form.

The selection of Workshops

At the Joint Sessions of Workshops, there are generally 25 slots. We do however receive many more proposals, and therefore have to make a selection. That selection is based on two criteria. The first is the academic quality of the Workshop. Each proposal is sent out for review to two experts in the field, and is also evaluated by the members for the Executive Committee of the ECPR responsible for the Joint Sessions of Workshops (Kris Deschouwer and Anna Sroka). Among the best proposals a final selection is made that also takes into consideration a good balance between different approaches and sub disciplines in political science. We aim at keeping a good balance at each of the Joint Sessions of Workshops as well as over time.

Workshop proposals that are endorsed by a Standing Group are treated preferentially. If two proposals are of equal quality, priority is given to the one endorsed by a Standing Group. Of the proposals endorsed by a Standing Group only one can be accepted. We also seek to give space to different Standing Groups over time.

Once the academic programme has been finalised, Workshops and Directors’ contact details are published on the ECPR website and publicised via news alerts. The website is updated regularly with new information, including the social programme and accommodation suggestions.

Further Information

For further information about the Joint Sessions in general please contact Marcia Taylor at ECPR Central Services (, tel: +44 (0)1206 630045


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