Frequently Asked Questions: Registration


  • You do not need to be a member of IPSA to submit a proposal, however you must be signed up for a free IPSA website account to be able to submit a panel. In order to participate and register for the World Congress you must become an IPSA member.


  • Yes, all Congress participants must be individual IPSA members in 2018 to register for the World Congress. You may become a member during the online registration process using your IPSA account. IPSA membership is not necessary to submit a panel or paper proposal; only for participation and attendance at the World Congress.

  • The registration fees give delegates access to the 4 day Congress Program comprised of over 500 panels, 4 Plenary sessions, Special sessions, Opening and Closing ceremonies and social events and receptions.

    Fees do not include food and accommodations. Congress participants are responsible for covering all congress and travel expenses, such as plane tickets, accommodations, transfer from and to the airport, food, conference fees, etc.

  • There will be a limited number of travel grants offered for congress participants. Travel Grant applications will be available on our website from 6 December 2017 to 6 February 2018 .
    In order to apply for the grant, the delegate must meet two criteria:

    1. must live and work (or study) in emerging/developing economies (list of eligible countries),
    2. must have a role in the Congress program (ie. chair, discussant, paper author)

    Please visit the Travel Grants page for more information and to prepare yourself for completing an application.

    NOTE: All travel grant applications must be completed online using the IPSA account, without exceptions. E-mail requests will not be treated.

  • A letter of invitation will be available to fully registered and paid delegates as of January 19th in electronic format (PDF) from "My Congress" user menu. Registration must be completed and paid before a Letter of Invitation is made available in the participant's online account.

    Do not send e-mails requesting an invitation letter before you fill out your online registration and complete the payment.

    Once the online registration is completed, you may access the documents under the “Registration” header in "My Congress" in PDF format.

    • Invitation Letter
    • Official Registration Invoice
    • Official Registration Receipt
  • Participants that have a role in the program (paper author, chair, discussant) must complete the online registration and pay the fees by 10 April 2018 if they wish to appear in the Printed Program.

  • Participants that have a role in the program (paper author, chair, discussant) must complete the online registration and pay the fees by 9 May 2018. Failure to do so will result in a withdrawal from the program.

    Participants that will simply attend and do not take part in the Congress program can register online until 25 July 2018.

  • All cancellations must be sent in writing to the IPSA Secretariat at Registrations cancelled before15 March 2018 will be refunded 50% of the registration fee paid; cancellations received as of 15 March 2018 and no-shows will not be refunded. If mailed, the 50% refund will apply to notifications post-marked by 5 April 2018.

    Please note: membership fees are non-refundable. New and renewed membership will continue to be valid even if registration to the World Congress is cancelled.