Annual Conference

SESP members and guests enjoyed a lovely conference in Santa Monica! Please join us next year in Boston, MA, October 12-14, 2017!

The SESP 2016 conference will be held at Loews Beach Hotel in Santa Monica, CA September 29-October 1, 2016. The conference is being hosted by UCLA, with additional support from the University of Southern California, Elsevier Publishing, and Disney Research. Kerri Johnson and Steve Stroessner are serving as local organizers

The SESP conference is a semi-closed conference. It is open to SESP members only, but each SESP member in attendance may sponsor one guest, and non-member speakers whose symposia are accepted may attend without sponsorship.

This year's Program Committee includes Ed Hirt (Chair), Ozlem Ayduk, Arie Kruglanski, and Kerri Johnson (host coordinator). The (almost final) SESP 2016 Conference Program is now available.

Your registration fee includes a Thursday evening poolside reception overlooking the ocean, lunches on Friday and Saturday, light breakfasts and break foods, and a Saturday evening reception, also at the poolside.
Several preconferences will be held prior to the Thursday evening opening reception of SESP:
Person Memory Interest Group
September 26-29, organized by David Hamilton, Steven Stroessner, and Jacqueline Chen. Registration for this event is separate from your SESP registration and must be done through the PMIG website.

Attraction and Close Relationships Preconference
September 29, at the Loews Beach Hotel, organized by Jim McNulty and Nickola Overall. You may register for this event at the same time you register for the main SESP conference for an additional fee of $110.

Groups Preconference
September 29, at the Loews Beach Hotel, organized by Jonathan Kunstman, Adam PearsonKyle Ratner, and Kimberly Rios. You may register for this event at the same time you register for the main SESP conference for an additional fee of $110.

Women's Leadership Workshop
September 29, 1-5 pm at the Loews Beach Hotel, run by Camille Johnson. An extra $30 fee is required when you register for this event along with your SESP conference registration.
On Saturday morning, you may also want to check out the sunrise beach workout led by trained fitness instructor, Adam Michael Brewer, for an additional fee of $25.

Registration for SESP 2016 is now open; the registration fee is $395.*

If you are a SESP member, please login to your account at the Member Login site above (your email address is your username), then click on "Events and Registration" to begin the registration process. You may also want to pay your yearly dues at the same time you register--look for the "renew membership" box when you begin registration.

If you are NOT a SESP member, you may register here. You will be prompted to indicate the name of your SESP member host (if you are a symposium presenter, you need not name a host). Your host must be in attendance at the SESP meeting. If you would like to attend but need help finding a host, we may be able to help! Please email us at

If you are only interested in attending a preconference, please go to our main webpage at and check out the Events calendar.

* Registration refund policy

As of 8/29, we have filled our room block at the Loews Santa Monica Beach hotel.  This means that our negotiated room rate no longer applies.

You can still check out room availability at Loews online, or you may call Loews Central Reservations Center at 800-235-6397 and reference SESP 2016 and/or code NAC928 in case of cancellations.

Also, if you have a room reserved but need to cancel, please contact rather than the hotel directly; this may allow us to offer your reserved room rate to another guest.

If you would like to be placed on a waitlist for the Loews hotel, please also contact

We look forward to seeing you in Santa Monica in late September!

Looking ahead: SESP 2017 will be in Boston, MA, October 12-14, 2017
We are looking for future sites for SESP -- if you are interested in hosting in 2018 or beyond, please email Monica Biernat at