RISE Annual Conference 2021


The RISE Programme would like to announce initial plans for the RISE Annual Conference to take place on 22-24 September 2021, combining a virtual and live event in Oxford, UK at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty surrounding travel restrictions, we have decided to push back the conference from our usual June dates to allow for the possibility of hosting a hybrid conference. We hope this will permit those based in the UK to participate in person (following UK government guidelines) and our colleagues elsewhere to join via Zoom.

Taking into account the new dates, our call for papers will be launched later than usual, with a release date tentatively scheduled for late March 2021. More details will follow in due course.

What does “hybrid” mean in relation to the RISE Annual Conference?

We hope that the RISE Annual Conference will be able to take place using a hybrid format that combines a live in-person event for those in the UK with a virtual online component for those outside of the UK or unable to attend in person. The School’s experience of hybrid teaching during the pandemic suggests that having some participants physically present in the same room makes the experience more engaging for virtual attendees as well as for those attending in person. 

We will be using the hybrid learning technology at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford to deliver a first-class conference experience.  Among the features of this technology is an AI software that tracks active speakers and uses multi-camera views to ensure a rich and enjoyable experience for those attending online.

Who can join in person?

At this point in time, we are optimistically hoping that those based in the UK will be able to travel to Oxford to attend the RISE Annual Conference in person. As mentioned above, the hybrid set-up will allow everyone outside of the UK, or those unable to travel within the UK, to join the proceedings via Zoom. 

For those that are able to attend in person, we will be adhering to UK guidelines related to social distancing and group gatherings. This might mean that we are only allowed to admit a certain number of participants into the event space at a given time. We will work with our events team to ensure a safe experience for those that are able to attend in person. 

Please note that we will continuously monitor the situation in the UK and abroad. First and foremost, our priority is to ensure the health and well-being of our conference participants and team members. We reserve the right to make this conference virtual-only, dependent on the circumstances in the UK.  

When will you release the call for papers?

As mentioned above, we are tentatively planning on releasing the call for papers in late March. This event will be the only RISE conference in 2021, so please do make sure to submit ahead of the deadline once details are announced.

How much does it cost to register for the event?

As per previous RISE Annual Conferences, this event will be free to attend. Registration will take place via Zoom for online participants and via the RISE website for those who are located in the UK and hope to attend in person.

Questions about the RISE Annual Conference?

Please send any additional questions to rise@bsg.ox.ac.uk.