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14th General Conference, held virtually

24 – 28 August 2020


Observer Registration now OPEN!
To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we've introduced a special 'Observer' rate, allowing you to experience our flagship event to the full. Register now to get access to over 70+ Sections of Panels and Papers, connect with over 2,000 colleagues and discuss burning issues in political science.

The ECPR General Conference is special; it brings together colleagues old and new and showcases the very best new research across our discipline. It also provides a space for roundtables on key topics of the day, opportunities to discuss publishing projects with editors, and social and networking spaces.

There are a great number of opportunities (as well as challenges) in adapting the tried and tested formula of a physical conference to a digital environment for the first time. Over the past few months we have been researching and testing multiple platforms; learning from the experiences of others; and most importantly listening to our membership, so we can create as authentic a conference experience for everyone as possible.

What can you expect from the virtual GC?

  • Access to the full academic programme of over 70 Sections of Panels and Papers over five full days, including a special extra Section related to COVID-19
  • Attend Panel sessions live – present your Paper to the people who matter; ask questions, discuss and debate, just as you would face-to-face
  • Plan your route through the virtual conference ahead of the event, build your itinerary via MyECPR, earmarking everything you’d like to take part in
  • A brand new opportunity to attend the full event as an Observer for those without a role in the conference, and go to as many Panels and activities as you wish
  • Roundtables addressing the most current topics in the discipline, including COVID-19 and new approaches to academic publishing
  • Plenary addresses and prize giving
  • 50th anniversary film to view on demand
  • Join virtual breakout rooms to carry on your discussion over drinks
  • Designated slots to meet the Editors of our co-published journals and book series
  • Enhance your MyECPR profile to stand out and reach out to like-minded scholars; the quickest way to find the people you need to meet
  • Book a virtual room for your Standing Group or Research Network meeting

Our commitment to you

  • We will revise the scheduling of panels and plenary events to accommodate as far as possible all time zones.
  • We will extend the timetable over a longer number of days to allow for more frequent and longer breaks between participation.
  • We will invite participants to share pre-recorded versions of their presentations in advance and make them available for all registrants to watch on demand.

We have halved registration fees for the virtual GC, compared to last year’s physical event to try to make it as accessible as possible to all. An event of this size and complexity does, however, still have significant costs; we have set the fees as low as we can.

We are concerned that the economic impact of COVID-19 is just starting to be felt across our community, so we increased the amount of available funding to participants for this event. Regular event funding was made available to graduate students and young scholars at our member institutions in the form of a registration fee waiver. Participants from non-member universities were able to apply for help from our 50th Anniversary Fund

If you would like to support others’ attendance at ECPR events, you can donate to the 50th anniversary fund here.

Registration fees

  • Standard non-ECPR member £200
  • Standard ECPR member £100
  • Student non-ECPR member £100*
  • Student ECPR member £50*
  • Observer non-ECPR member £100
  • Observer ECPR member £50
  • Student Observer non-ECPR member £50*
  • Student Observer ECPR member £25*

*To be eligible for the student rate, you must send one of the following to the Events Team:

  • a valid copy of your student ID
  • a letter from your supervisor or Head of Department confirming you are or will be a student at the time of the event
  • a copy of your enrolment confirmation

While we are disappointed not to be coming to Austria in our 50th anniversary year, we are delighted that the University of Innsbruck will be hosting the General Conference in 2021; dates TBA. 

Stay tuned ► subscribe to our Events mailing list via MyECPR
Questions? Contact our Events Team

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