PSA21 has been organised from the beginning with the convening team at Queens University Belfast as the PSA’s first hybrid conference, with the plan to blend the physical and digital world to provide the best of both to its members and other delegates. However, we have been continually monitoring the situation so we would be prepared to move to a wholly digital conference to ensure the safety of its delegates, members and staff in light of the pandemic.

With news of ongoing and increasing numbers of cases, alongside further restrictions for the UK, it has been the decision of the PSA trustees and Queen’s University Belfast to move the PSA Annual International Conference 2021 to a fully online event.

Therefore, all submissions will be to present digitally at PSA21.

With this change in the format of the event and the deadline of Monday 12th October just around the corner, we have decided to extend the deadline for submissions by two weeks – to Monday 26th October 2020. This is to allow potential delegates the chance to consider the change in format and to amend their submission or perhaps to submit anew with better knowledge of the format of the event.

Consequently, the registration deadline and announcement of accepted papers will also be extended by two weeks to 30th November 2020 to allow the convenors enough time to consider the papers and organise the panels and programme.

The new format will mean changes to the programme to ensure we deliver a spectacular event for attendees. This may mean that the convenors will have to work to a shorter programme, therefore we ask our members and delegates for their understanding on this. Our aim is to ensure we provide the absolute best event for you in the digital space.

Due to the move to digital we have also made significant changes to the fees for PSA21. These will be announced shortly but the PSA is keen to make this as affordable as possible in light of current circumstances and to offer PSA members a significant member benefit.  We are also keen to ensure as many scholars as possible are able to attend, enjoy and benefit from the event, especially in a world where the sharing of expertise and research has had to move to the online space. The teams at the PSA and Queen University Belfast are committing to making #PSA21 an innovative event and a brilliant showcase for the best of our discipline.

If you have any questions regarding these changes please do get in touch via conference@psa.ac.uk and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Kind regards,

PSA Team