Realist conference rescheduled to 16-18 February 2021

The International Conference for Realist Research, Evaluation and Synthesis has been rescheduled for 16–18 February 2021.  The venue is the same as the originally scheduled conference – Dublin Castle, Ireland.

The conference organising committee are pleased to be able to announce this new arrangement and we hope it will go some way to lessening the intense disappointment of everyone who had planned to attend the conference later this month.

Our course, our priority is the safety of conference participants and all of those involved in the event. We are fully aware that holding the event will depend on Covid-19 conditions at that time. We will base decisions about running the conference on advice from the Irish Government and the assessment of the situation by public health authorities.  We will assess the situation regularly over the coming months and make a final decision about whether to proceed with the new dates by the end of December 2020, in order to ensure sufficient notice for all participants and presenters.

We will remain actively engaged with the realist research community over the coming year.  The conference website and Twitter account will be maintained and updated regularly. One of our main tasks is to arrange the programme for the rescheduled conference.  The existing programme represents an extraordinary wealth of knowledge and an enormous collective intellectual effort from the realist community.  We commit to providing the opportunity for all currently accepted papers and posters to be presented.  All presenters accepted for Realist2020 are automatically accepted to present next year. Abstracts will be able to be updated to represent further work undertaken over the year, where appropriate. Abstracts on completely new topics, however, will not be able to be substituted for currently accepted abstracts.

We understand that some people will not be able to attend at the new time. We will undertake a new call for papers to fill gaps in the programme later this year. This will enable us to still offer a programme that is truly representative of current scholarship. It will also provide an opportunity for current presenters to withdraw an existing abstract and submit a new one, should they wish. The new call for papers will be announced to everyone who was registered for this conference and through the Rameses discussion list, at minimum. The same processes of blind review by two reviewers will apply to all new abstracts.

The abstract submissions and registration for Realist2020 demonstrated the dynamism and ambition of the realist community. We want to maintain the momentum that has been built up over the past year or so and we really hope that you will be able to join us in Dublin next year.  If this is what you decide to do, please let us know at and your registration will be carried forward for the rescheduled conference.

Please bear in mind that if you decide now to retain your registration, this is not a final commitment and you can cancel and reclaim your registration fee at a later date.  If you are unable to attend the conference, please let us know and your registration will be refunded.  This will also help us to identify how many places there will be for new papers in the revised programme.

Thank you for patience and continuing support.

Brian Galvin, on behalf of the Realist2020 Organising Committee