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Welcome to PUPOL 2020!

PUPOL2020 Postponed

With regret we inform you that PUPOL2020 hosted by the Leiden Leadership Centre of Leiden University in The Hague will not take place between 15-17 April.

Based on the worldwide developments concerning the Corona virus (COVID-19) and following the public health policy of the Dutch national government as well as the measures taken by Leiden University, we have decided to postpone the PUPOL conference until after this summer. This decision is the result of close deliberations between the organizing committee, the PUPOL Network board and Leiden University.

We respect all necessary precautions to prevent further spread of the Corona virus. First of all, the health of all participants, presenters and organizers is of most importance to us. Secondary to that, we are facing many practical issues for our participants and the members of the organizing team. For these reasons, the decision to not let PUPOL2020 take place in April is the most sensible one, and although regrettable, we will rather put our efforts now in organizing the conference at a later date. Currently we are examining possible dates in October 2020 and will inform you about the exact days as soon as possible.

On this page you will find the most important information as we can share with you now. Please, bear with us, as some of the more specific information can only be provided in the coming period. We will provide additional information as soon as possible on the above mentioned event page.

For now we would like to thank everyone who has helped us to prepare a fantastic conference for their incredible efforts and we sincerely hope to deliver this nonetheless after the summer.

With kind regards on behalf of the organizing committee

Dr. Ben Kuipers

Conference chair

Director Leiden Leadership Centre

5th PUPOL International Conference

The Leiden Leadership Centre of Leiden University is proud to announce that the 5th PUPOL International Conference will take place in The Hague, the Netherlands, in October 2020.

A central theme will be how academia and practice together can advance our understanding and the development of public and political leadership. Furthermore, the conference gives room for new ways of analyzing and conceptualizing leadership.

Conference website

On this conference website you can find detailed information on PUPOL 2020. The website will regulalary be updated with new information and content.

Dates & Deadlines

The deadlines for registration and for submitting your full paper will be extended. As soon as we have decided about new dates for the PUPOL conference, we will inform you about the new deadlines. 

We are very thankful for all the enthusiastic reactions on the conference and for the many abstracts we have received. Last week, we have accepted more than 70 abstracts by over 130 authors for the PUPOL conference in The Hague. The accepted abstracts are varying from conceptual, empirical, descriptive and explanatory researches with both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Participants to PUPOL 2020 will receive a valid booking link in the second week of January 2020! If you did not receive a link for registration and payment, pleace contact PUPOL2020@leidenuniv.nl

  • Deadline for early bird registration: 9 February 2020
  • Final deadline for registration: 27 March 2020
  • Final deadline for submission of full papers: 27 March 2020


The conference fee will be €150,- for PhD students, €195,- for early bird registration and after the 9th of Februari the regular fee will be €250,-. The transaction costs in order to complete the payment are not included.

  • PhD Ticket: €150,- (€155 including transaction costs - final deadline for registration: 27 March 2020)
  • Early bird Ticket: €195,-  (€205 including transaction costs - final deadline early bird registration: 9 February 2020)
  • Regular Ticket: €250,- (€260 including transaction costs - final deadline for registration: 27 March 2020)
  • Partner Ticket: €50 (Join the Dinner and Conference Welcome - final deadline for registration: 27 March 2020)

Participants to PUPOL 2020 will receive a valid booking link in the second week of January 2020! 

The tickets for PUPOL 2020 are non-refundable

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