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We are the leading scholarly society concerned with the research and teaching of political science in Europe, headquartered in the UK with a global membership.
Our groups and networks are pushing the boundaries of specialist sub-fields of political science, helping to nurture diversity and inclusivity across the discipline.
This unique event has helped tens of thousands of scholars over nearly five decades hone research, grow networks and secure publishing contracts.
An engaging platform for discussion, debate and thinking; Europe's largest annual gathering of political scientists from across the globe.
A comprehensive programme of cutting-edge qualitative and quantitative methodological training delivered by experts across two annual events.
Professional training aimed at PhD students and early career scholars, providing the essential skills and advice needed to establish a successful career.
Our Standing Groups organise a range of annual events, including summer schools, conferences and workshops, open to all.
Our highly regarded peer-reviewed journals, produced in partnership with the world's leading academic publishers, share the best scholarly thinking.
Through our imprint ECPR Press and via the OUP Comparative Politics book series, we publish research by, and for the political science community.
Sharp analyses of topical news from a political science perspective, research summaries and the latest expert thinking.
Our members are universities across the globe and the scholars who work and study within them; membership benefits both the individual and the institution.
We have a range of funding schemes to help progress individual careers and to support the wider development of the discipline.
From distinguished scholars to exceptional PhD students, our prizes recognise service and achievement across the profession.
Joint Sessions of Workshops
The ECPR’s flagship event, the annual Joint Sessions of Workshops, was launched in 1973 and are a political science institution. Held every spring, the Joint Sessions bring together groups of researchers working on key areas of political science through the unique workshop format. To find out more about this must-attend event, see the past events pages below.
The ECPR’s Research Sessions, which ran each year from 1978 to 2000, and then from 2011 to 2016, enabled small, pre-established groups to meet in a fully supported environment during the quieter summer months.
Three days of intensive discussion allowed these groups to focus and move their project forward, often towards the publication of an edited volume of work.
The Research Sessions were open only to groups from ECPR member institutions, and priority was given to applications from ECPR Standing Groups.
Over recent years, the numbers of groups applying to take part in the Research Sessions had begun to dwindle, prompting a review of the event by the ECPR’s Executive Committee.
In 2016, with regret, the EC took the decision to remove this event from the ECPR portfolio.
Scholars with shared research interests can still of course take part in our thriving Joint Sessions of Workshops, which have taken place each year since 1973, in different cities across Europe.
And pre-established groups from ECPR Member institutions are of course welcome to use the excellent meeting facilities in ECPR’s headquarters at Harbour House in Colchester, Essex, absolutely free of charge.