We invite you to join us

We invite you to join us


While our conference is still ten months away, we recognise a number of conferences have been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 situation and some organisations have restricted travel. We will continue to monitor the situation and observe any directives from medical authorities or national governments, but at this stage, we fully intend that the WSC will go ahead as planned, 18-22 January 2021.The individual abstract submission date has been extended to 17 April 2020.


For countless generations Canberra has been the meeting place of its original inhabitants, the Ngunnawal, Ngarigu and Ngambri peoples. Since 1927, it has been the seat of the federal government of the Australian Commonwealth. Cradled by wooded hills, this small modern city hosts numerous important national institutions. The Australian Parliament House, the National Gallery and Library, the National Museum and War Memorial are all set around the picturesque central lake named after the city’s designer, Walter Burley Griffin. The Australian National University occupies a 145-hectare campus in the heart of Canberra adjoining Black Mountain Reserve and the National Botanic Gardens. The ANU boasts a wide range of accommodation on- and off-campus, many excellent restaurants close by, abundant natural beauty and a peaceful and scholarly work environment. Summer is a great time to visit, when hot sunny days are tempered by cool clear nights. The Australian National University welcomes participants to the 18th World Sanskrit Conference, 18–22 January 2021. We are confident that your visit will be rewarding, enjoyable and stimulating.

The CALL FOR ABSTRACTS is now open.

Please CLICK HERE to view details on Regular Sections and Special Panels, and for abstract submission guidelines. Note that all abstracts MUST be submitted online via the abstract submission portal. Please ensure that your abstract is submitted by 31 March 2020


Please CLICK HERE to view registration fees, and submit your registration online. Note that earlybird discount applies for all registrations received (and payments made) prior to 31 August 2020. All participants who plan to present a paper must pay their registration fee by 30 September 2020, or their paper will be cancelled

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About Canberra

Canberra is the capital city of Australia. It is situated inland between the cities of Sydney and Melbourne, within the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) which is surrounded by New South Wales (NSW).