The Bridge Public Relations and Communications Conference
“Connecting the Academy and the Profession”
April 12-13, 2018
Georgetown University, Washington

The Institute for Public Relations is excited to announce the launch of The Bridge—Public Relations and Communication Conference, the first two-day conference geared toward both public relations and corporate communications practitioners and academics.

The Bridge allows academics to learn from senior-level executives, while having an opportunity to present their research at a peer-reviewed conference, and allows mid-to-senior-level executives to learn about the latest in public relations and communications research. A key feature of the 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, research paper programs and panels, and networking coffees and a social.

The Bridge is seeking papers and panels related to research that matters to the profession. Academic research presentations must be evidence-based and relevant to the profession. Senior-level executives will present case studies, evidence-based research, and other topics that would be beneficial to both an academic and practitioner audience. Top presentations will be invited to submit to a special issue of the open access, peer reviewed Public Relations Journal.

All submissions are due by midnight EST on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Please email one copy of the paper abstract/proposal in a PDF document at

You will receive a submission receipt via email. Please indicate if you are submitting a research paper or panel in the subject of your email. Authors of accepted submissions must agree to attend and present at the Bridge Conference in Washington, D.C on April 12-13, 2018.

General instructions for submitting research abstracts:

-Paper abstracts should include insight to the appropriate literature, methodology description, and address how the research matters to the profession.
-Full papers must be completed and submitted no later than March 1, 2018.
-All abstracts must include a title page in the same document as the abstract with author(s), affiliation(s), title(s), and contact information (including Twitter handle). All authors and co-authors must be listed on the title page. Other than on the title page, the abstract should not reveal the author’s names or affiliations for the peer review.

Panel proposals should address research and topics that matter to the profession. The panel proposal submitted should include the following: A tentative title, the possible panelists with their affiliation (including a moderator and no more than three panelists), and a brief description of the panel (300 to 500 words).

November 26, 2017 – Submission deadline
December 22, 2017 – Notifications
February 1, 2018 – Full paper submissions for awards

For additional information or inquiries regarding submissions, please contact Sarab Kochhar at

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