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Welcome to the organiser hub for the IPSC 2022


IPSC 2022

We are delighted to announce that the finals of the International Public Speaking Competition are scheduled for 9-13 May 2022.

Logistical questions around format and venue are still in planning for obvious reasons.

We are committed to making the IPSC accessible to as many participants as possible, and in light of this there will certainly be an online option available to participate.

We are currently exploring the viability and desirability of attempting an in-person element as well. Consultation on this will take place around the ESU ICM and a final decision will announced following this in the week commencing December 13th.

If you have any questions, please contact the competition organisers at

Thank you for your ongoing support of the ESU International Public Speaking Competition.

IPSC National Competition Registration Form

In order to take part in the IPSC, you must register your national competition using the form below, by Tuesday, 1 March 2022.

Registration form


Once you have held your national final, national champions then need to be registered for the IPSC itself. The deadline for this information is Friday, April 1 2022.


The themes for 2022

As normal, there are two themes: the theme for national competitions and the theme for the international competition.

This year’s theme for national competitions is ‘We expect too much from our heroes’ and may be used for national public speaking competitions.

This year’s theme for the prepared speech heats of the international competition is ‘Our real choices are made without us realising it’. Those advancing to the IPSC final will be asked to give their speech on ‘We expect too much from our heroes’.

The dates

The IPSC programme will run from Monday, 9 May 2022 to the evening of Friday, 13 May 2022.

The deadline for submitting preliminary registration forms is Tuesday, 1 March 2022. The preliminary registration forms should be completed by national competition organisers. The deadline for submitting participant registration forms is Friday, 1 April 2022. Information forms should be completed by participants. The deadline for paying the IPSC subscription fee is Tuesday, 1 March 2022.

The IPSC subscription fee

We are currently still in discussions around the logistics and venue of the 2022 IPSC. As a result we are not yet able to set a definitive point for the IPSC subscription fee. We will update as soon as we are able.

The programme

The 2022 IPSC may have a curtailed programme of events given the challenges the global community face..

The finals heats are currently scheduled for Wednesday, 11 May, and the grand final will take place on Friday, 13 May. There will also be some events promoting cultural exchange and exploration on Monday and Tuesday, with details to be announced closer to the time.

Competition rules

For logistical reasons in 2022 we are not currently expecting to hold an impromptu round. Participants will be assigned to heats and give their prepared speech on the topic ‘Our real choices are made without us realising it’. The winner of each heat will advance to the grand final.

For details on registration, payments, eligibility, the competition and disqualification click the link below the image.

Further information and reading

The links below will open up downloadable links to more specific competition information, should you need it at this stage.

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