IPR is hosting its 5th annual IPR Bridge—Public Relations and Communication Conference, a two-day conference geared toward both public relations practitioners and academics.

The IPR Bridge allows academics to learn from senior-level executives, while having an opportunity to present their research at a peer-reviewed conference. Mid-to-senior-level executives can share their experiences with academics and learn about the latest in public relations and communications research.

A key feature of this conference is the opportunity to network and interact with top leaders in both the practice and the academy in a small setting (max of 125 attendees). The conference includes keynote sessions, ARC Talks, Brain Breaks, panel discussions, research sprints, breakfast, lunches, and breaks with refreshments, and a networking social.

Types of Sessions at IPR Bridge Conference

  • ARC TALK: An ARC Talk (Action > Research > Conversation) is an interactive presentation featuring high-level research, a brief case study, and discussion. ARC Talks allow communicators to explore how research expands beyond the findings into practical application.
  • RESEARCH SPRINT: A 20-minute, research-based presentation that highlights the high-level key findings from a research study (as well as appropriate lit review/theory, methodology) and its impact on the profession. Research Sprints empower communicators to apply research findings to their work in meaningful ways.
  • EXPERT PRESENTATIONS: A TED-style talk format that focuses on a specific and timely area of the industry. Research should be the basis of the expert presentation and include the “so what” for attendees at the conference.
  • PANEL DISCUSSIONS: Panel discussions may feature both practitioners and academics to address the most critically important research and industry-focused topics that matter to the profession. Panel discussions should not include more than three panelists and a moderator.

Submission Instructions

IPR welcomes submissions that fall into the four conference categories: ARC Talks, Research Sprints, Expert Presentations, and Panel Discussions.

All submissions are due by midnight EST on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022.

Submissions must include the following information:
– Type of presentation (ARC Talk, Research Sprint, Expert Presentation, Panel Discussion)
– Presenter and author information (including names, titles, organizational affiliation, and email addresses)
– Presentation title
– A description of the proposed session
– Should be 250 words or less
– Must clearly state and preview the topic and provide three main takeaways that address     the impact to the profession
– You will receive a submission receipt via email.

If you have any issues with the submission process, please send an email to

Important Notes about Submissions

  • By submitting to the 2023 IPR Bridge Conference, you are agreeing to present at the conference. If you are unsure whether you will be able to attend if you are accepted, we invite you to submit for the 2024 conference.
  • Due to the nature of the conference, all speakers/panelists must register and present in person for the conference. We do encourage participants to stay the whole time to encourage more interactive discussions.  We hope the format of the conference allows for rich discussions and engagement among all attendees.
  • Please only submit the names of co-panelists who have agreed to present.
  • Diversity is important at IPR so please ensure you have taken this into consideration when submitting your panel presentations.

Conference Rates: 

Speaker Rate: Before Feb 1: $395 | After Feb 1: $495
Attendee (Non-Speaker) Rate: 
Before Feb 1: $495 | After Feb 1: $595

2023 Bridge Conference Website:

For additional information or inquiries regarding submissions, please email