ECPR General Conference
Universität Hamburg, Hamburg
22 - 25 August 2018

2018 General Conference, Hamburg

The 2018 General Conference will be held at Universität Hamburg in northern Germany. Hamburg, or to give it its official name, Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, (Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg), is Germany's second largest city. The Speicherstadt (city of warehouses) has recently been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status and, with more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam combined, it could just be the perfect place to build and strengthen links between all areas of the political science discipline.

ECPR’s General Conference remains Europe's largest annual gathering of political scientists, often attracting more than 2,000 scholars from throughout the world and at all stages of their career. With nearly 500 Panels taking place across 68 Sections, the academic programme covers the breadth of political science, creating the platform for lively discussion, exchange of ideas and the best thinking in the discipline.

The academic content is complemented by a stimulating plenary programme, including Roundtables addressing topical or contentious themes and a Plenary Lecture delivered by a high profile member of the profession. The timetable is completed by a carefully planned social programme, offering many opportunities to meet with old friends and new colleagues.  

Registration fees

The fees for the 2018 General Conference remain unchanged, and are as follows:

Students from ECPR member institutions €152*
Students from non-member institutions €228*
Other participants from ECPR member institutions €247
Other participants from non-member institutions €370

*Students must send a valid copy of their student ID to the Events Team by midnight UK time on 21 May 2018


For further information, contact the Events Team / +44 (0) 1206 630046


Panel proposals seeking Papers 11/01/2018

If you have an idea for a Panel for one of the accepted Sections, but need to find Papers to propose it (between three and five), you can add your call for Papers here. Simply Email us with your name, institution, Panel title and a Panel abstract outlining the types of Papers you would like to attract and we will add it to the list.

Sections confirmed - submit your Panels and Papers NOW! 06/12/2017

The Academic Convenors have made their decisions and the list of approved Sections can be found here. There are 78 Sections this year, so there should be something to appeal to everyone.

  • To submit a Panel which includes 4-5 Papers, click here.
  • To submit an individual Paper, click here.

All Panels and Papers must be submitted online by midnight UK time on 15 February 2018.

Propose your Section now 15/09/2017

Section proposals can now be submitted here. For information on what you need to include, see here. Proposals must be submitted by midnight UK time on 15 November 2017. If you have any questions, contact



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