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Welcome to the organiser hub for the IPSC 2020


IPSC 2020

It is with great regret that we announce the London finals of the International Public Speaking Competition, scheduled for 11-15 May 2020, will not now take place. Cancellation has been necessitated by the implications of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on national feeder competitions and growing global uncertainty as the virus escalates.

We understand that national competition winners will be very disappointed by this news. We are exploring how the winners’ speeches can best be showcased online so that their hard work and talent can still be shared and celebrated internationally. We will update you when further plans have been put in place.

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 Monday, 3 February 2020.

Registration form

Please note, you are able to apply for ESU funding during the registration process.

Once you have held your national final, national champions and their guests then need to be registered for the IPSC itself. Please use the links below. 

IPSC participant registration form

IPSC accompanying guests registration form

The themes for 2020

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 ‘Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced’ and may be used for national public speaking competitions.

This year’s theme for the prepared speech heats of the international competition is ‘Think globally, act locally’. Those advancing to the IPSC final will be asked to give the speech on ‘Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced’.

The dates

The IPSC programme was due to run from Monday, 11 May 2020 to the evening of Friday, 15 May 2020. Please see above for updated information.

The deadline for submitting preliminary registration forms is Monday, 3 February 2020. The preliminary registration forms should be completed by national competition organisers. The deadline for submitting participant registration forms and accompanying guest information forms is Monday, 16 March 2020. Information forms should be completed by participants and accompanying guests. The deadline for paying the IPSC subscription fee is Monday, 3 February 2020.

The IPSC subscription fee


Every national organiser must pay a 2020 IPSC subscription fee of GBP £275 (ESU member countries) or £425 (others). This replaces the previous participant and accompanying guest fees. The subscription fee includes all of the following for participants: accommodation, travel in and around London (participants receive a travel card on arrival) and all meals. The IPSC subscription fee also includes the cost of all workshops, tours and other events and excursions associated with the IPSC programme. The IPSC subscription fee does not cover the cost of the participants’ air travel to and from London or the cost of the participants’ travel from the airports in London to their hotels.


The IPSC subscription fee also covers the following for up to two accompanying guests per participant for the duration of the five-day IPSC programme: attendance at the welcome reception on the Monday and evening reception on the Friday, the heats and final. The IPSC subscription fee does not cover accommodation, travel in and around London, any other meals or the cost of the accompanying guests’ air travel to and from London. London travel information can be found at

The subscription fee must be paid by national competition organisers in its entirety. The fee must be paid by Monday, 3 February – the same deadline as the competition registration. If the ESU does not receive the fee by Monday, 3 February, the ESU reserves the right to exclude the relevant participant from the competition. Note that although the payment must be made by the national organisers to the ESU, parts of the fee may be passed on to accompanying guests and others as seen fit.

The IPSC subscription fee is required from all organisers of IPSC feeder competitions in order to best allow the ESU to plan effectively for each year’s activities and processes. If you have any concerns about the payment, including the timing of the payment, please contact the IPSC convenor.

To pay the subscription fee, please use our online payment form.

The programme

The IPSC is part of a five-day programme of events (Monday through to Friday), including public speaking, debating and performance workshops, educational and cultural excursions, and a two-day public speaking competition.

Click on the link below the image to find more details about the excursions, workshops, accommodation and the programme heats and finals.

Competition rules

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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