Events - Host an IPSA Event

Bidding Process for IPSA World Congresses of Political Science

Cities interested in hosting the  IPSA World Congress of Political Science will be asked to respond to a specially-prepared Request for Proposal (RFP) taking into account the requirements necessary for ensuring a successful event.

Application must be submitted by an IPSA collective member (National Association of Political Science) or by another body recognized by IPSA as an appropriate host organization. View the list of IPSA collective members:

A Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) or another Destination Management Organization can support our members in preparing their bid.

A bid evaluation committee will review each bid in detail, and a shortlist of candidates will be produced. Each short-listed city will receive a site visit/inspection.

The selection committee will present a report to the IPSA Executive Committee (EC), featuring the results of the site visits. The EC will then vote on the host city for the next World Congress of Political Science.

The bidding documents will only be available once the Request for Proposal is launched and the Call for Bids is open.

Any questions should be directed to:

The Call for Bids to host the WC2020 is now open!

The International Political Science Association (IPSA) invites the Collective Members of IPSA to submit a bid to host the 26th IPSA World Congress of Political Science in July 2020 (WC2020).

The call for bids to host the WC2020 is open from 21 April 2017 to 26 May 2017. Once 3 host cities are shortlisted by the Bid Evaluation Committee (BEC), site visits will be organized in September-October 2017. The 2020 host city will be selected by the IPSA Executive Committee based on the recommendation of the BEC and announced in December 2017.

As per the IPSA Rules and Procedures, an application to host the Congress can be submitted by a national or regional political science association that is a collective member of IPSA, or by another body recognized by IPSA as an appropriate host organization (University campus, faculty, or department).

Please visit the IPSA Call for Bids - WC2020 page on the IPSA website to obtain detailed information and download the Request for Proposal (RFP).

Any questions regarding the WC2020 bid should be directed to

Hosting an Inter-Congress International Conference

IPSA invites its collective members (national and regional associations) to host an international conference between congress years. Past examples are Montreal 2008, Luxembourg 2010 and Sao Paulo 2011.

A representative of the interested member association (e.g. President or Secretary General) should contact IPSA at