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, a letter from their supervisor confirming they are a student at the time of the event, or a copy of their enrolment confirmation to the Events Team by midnight UK time on 21 May 2018


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


The timetable is now LIVE! 07/06/2018

The academic timetable is now LIVE. We've had more than 2,500 registrations so it's been a monumental task!! Please note this timetable is subject to slight changes, but we will notify you if your Panel time changes.

Panel Chair/Discussant volunteers 19/04/2018

If you want to make the most of your time in Hamburg, why not volunteer to be a Panel Chair and/or Discussant. Vacancies are listed here. Please email us if you're interested.

Proposal notifications sent - Academic Programme LIVE 18/04/2018

Confirmations emails have been sent to all Panel and Paper proposers, so if you haven't received an email yet, check your junk/spam folders. If you still can't find anything, email us and we can resend the message. If you did submit a proposal, you should be able to see the status of it in your MyECPR account. The Academic Programme is now live, with 78 Sections, more than 520 Panels, and over 2,500 Papers - something for everyone.

Record number of proposals received 21/02/2018

More than 4,000 Papers were proposed for the Hamburg General Conference, which is the highest amount to date! The Section Chairs now have the unenviable task of compiling their Sections. If you proposed a Panel and/or Paper, expect to receive an email from us in early April to confirm its status. We wish all proposers the best of luck, and thank you for taking the time to submit your proposal.


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