As we announced on various occasions, IAMCR’s 2019 conference will be able to receive a maximum of 1,700 participants. Shortly before midnight on Monday 6 May, we closed registration, having reached 1,600 registrations, with others in process.
Many of the approximately 100 remaining spaces will be used to enable people who have begun the registration process to complete it (for example, people who made an unsuccessful attempt to pay with a credit card and people who chose to pay via bank transfer but Madrid hasn't yet received the funds).
Any spaces remaining after that will be allocated to people who put themselves on a waiting list at https://iamcr.org/waiting-list. If you have been unable to register, please make sure that you are on the waiting list. Note that current IAMCR members will have priority.
We announced that the conference was likely to reach capacity before the end of the earlybird deadline (7 May) on various occasions and through various media, including email messages sent from IAMCR president, Janet Wasko, to all current and recent IAMCR members on 17 April and to all authors with papers accepted for presentation on 26 April.
More than 3,700 abstracts were submitted this year, when we normally would have expected between 1,800 and 2,500. With 1,700 participants, IAMCR 2019 will be our largest conference ever. However, as Janet Wasko said in her letter, success has its consequences. In this case, the field and the association have grown faster than expected, and beyond the capacity of our chosen venue, the Complutense University of Madrid (which has worked hard to be able to receive 1,700 people, 200 more than the maximum of 1,500 they initially set).
The situation is disappointing for all of us. For those of you who will be able to attend, IAMCR and the local organising committee look forward to receiving you in Madrid. For those of you who are not able to register, please watch for news about IAMCR 2020, our first conference ever in Beijing, China.