SPECIAL SESSIONS: THE PROFESSION
Events organized with the support of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) - Research Committee 33 (The Study of Political Science as a Discipline) and the European Confederation of Political Science Associations (ECPSA)Contributions to these events are expected to address the raised questions critically, from empirical or normative perspectives (or both). 

[ROUND TABLE] What Can and Should Political Science Do for Liberal Democracy?
In addition to our professional obligations toward our students, do we have any moral obligation to them and to the entire society? To what extent does the content of what we teach, as well as how we teach it, respond to the needs of our students not only as future professionals but also, just as important, as citizens? If one looks at what is going on across Europe and around the world, contemporary political science training does not seem to be very successful, particularly in achieving the latter goal. Although not the only ones to blame, as main providers of skills and knowledge in the field we certainly share a part of the responsibility for the lack of adequate and substantial response to the increased attacks on liberal democracy, from Hungary, Poland, Philippines and Thailand to, more recently, the US, Romania and Brazil. But is this failure related exclusively to the structure of the curriculum or the quality of our teaching and research? Could our fear of values in the pursuit of science actually limit the value of our discipline for society and thus undermine itself? If yes, under which circumstances are we allowed to take sides and how should we do it in order to maintain both scientific and civic integrity

[ROUND TABLE] Contemporary Challenges to Funding Political Research
The debates in this session aim to identify the main trends in the current funding climate for political research through national and international agencies, with a focus on public funding supporting democracy, civic education and democratic values.