Annual Conference

The SESP 2018 conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seattle, WA October 4-6, 2018. The local conference organizers are Cheryl Kaiser, Sapna Cheryan, Kristina Olson, and Alex Czopp.

The SESP meeting is generally 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. Registration for the conference itself will open in June.
This year's Program Committee includes Kentaro Fujita (Chair), David Funder, Ashby Plant, and Ines Jurcevic (Seattle representative).

Our newly adopted Convention Code of Conduct is now available.


As always, members and non-members are invited to submit symposia. We are particularly interested in symposia that provide new ways of looking at topics, that include both established as well as younger members of SESP, and that attempt to link areas of interest that are not normally connected.
Symposium Guidelines
1. The chair and/or presenters can be SESP members or nonmembers, but *no graduate students* are permitted to serve as symposium chairs or presenters (though they may be co-authors). Current graduate students who will complete the Ph.D. by September 2018 may serve as presenters.
2. The first author is the person who presents at the symposium. A person can only be the first author ONCE, but can be a co-author and/or non-presenter on other papers in the conference. Symposia proposals that include speakers presenting in multiple sessions may be declined on that basis. It is the responsibility of the symposium chair to confirm that all speakers on a proposed symposium are only submitting to present in ONE session.
3. A symposium generally consists of FOUR presentations. It is up to the chair whether to add a discussant to the four presentations or not (typically, most symposia do not have discussants as the total time of the symposium will only be 70 minutes).
4. All symposia chairs and presenters are expected to register and pay associated fees for the conference.  The symposium organizer should ensure that all presenters are aware of this.
To submit a symposium for consideration, please download and complete the submission template, then upload your submission at the symposium submission portal. Submission will be accepted through May 28, 2018. We ask for an overall title and abstract, as well as titles and abstracts for each presentation (no more than 250 words each).


Please be sure to make your hotel reservations as part of SESP's room blocks.

The conference will take place in the Grand Hyatt Seattle, where we have reserved a large number of rooms. Some additional rooms that include two beds are available at the nearby Hyatt Olive 8.

The nightly rate at both hotels is $259

We look forward to seeing you in Seattle in October!

Looking ahead:  SESP 2019 will be in Toronto, Canada, October 17-19. We are also seeking future sites for SESP -- if you are interested in hosting in 2020 or beyond, please email Monica Biernat at