The 51st annual meeting of SESP will be held in the Mile High City of Denver, Colorado, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, September 24-26, 2015. For a historical record of SESP sites, see the Conference Hosts page.
Located in the heart of the city, the hotel is within walking distance of green space, bike trails, hip shopping, and farm-to-table dining, all against the backdrop of the beautiful Rocky Mountains!
Additionally, Denver boasts a number of hidden gems, including the Dikeou Collection, the Green Russell Speakeasy, and the Santa Fe Arts District. During the weekend of SESP, Denver will also host the Great American Beer Festival!
The SESP meeting is open only to SESP members (members are elected to the organization) and their guests. Only SESP members who will be in attendance at the conference may sponsor a guest. Non-members who are speaking in accepted symposia at the conference are exempt from the member sponsorship rule.
Through August 24, 2015, registration for the main conference is $335 for members and guests. Fees for the Attraction and Groups preconferences are $85; for the Women’s Leadership conference, $25. Payment for the main conference includes lunches on Friday and Saturday, a dinner event at the Denver Art Museum on Saturday, light breakfasts, and receptions.
Late registration (after August 24) will be $375 for the main conference, and preconferences will jump in cost by $5.
The Conference Program
The SESP program committee is being chaired by Serena Chen, and includes Nilanjana Dasgupta, Roxane Cohen Silver, and Josh Correll. A preliminary program is available here.
Local organizers from Boulder/Denver include Leaf Van Boven (Chair), Chick Judd, Josh Correll, Lawrence Williams, Max Weisbuch, Kateri McCrae, and Peter McGraw.
In addition to the main conference events on Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26, several preconferences will be held:
The Grand Hyatt Denver is now taking hotel reservations. Conference room rates are no longer available.
For transportation from Denver International Airport (DIA) to the hotel and conference center, the Grant Hyatt Hotel has a useful transportation page.
Public Transportation: There is a Regional Transportation District (RTD) bus called SkyRide. The bus is route AF. Cost is $11. Note that the AF bus will deliver you to Union Station, which is one mile from the hotel. From Union Station, the free MetroRide and MallRide will deliver you close to the hotel.
The conference rate rooms at the Grand Hyatt Hotel are sold out. Lodging in Denver can be expensive ($300-$400/night). Below are some nearby neighborhoods that may offer attractive accommodations.
Cherry Creek North neighborhood. Fancy shopping, restaurants, bike path all closeby.
Washington Park/University of Denver neighborhood. Light rail station nearby, several parks nearby, family-friendly neighborhood.
Capitol Hill neighborhood. The Capitol Hill neighborhood is close to the hotel, near lots of restaurants, and plenty of sites to see nearby. It is not quite as fancy as the other neighborhoods listed here, as it has a bit more of a “city” feel to it. Younger crowd.
Cheesman Park neighborhood. Just east of Capitol Hill but much more green space, a bit more picturesque, but not quite within walking distance of the hotel.
Highlands/LoHi neighborhoods. The feel of these areas is similar to Capitol Hill (see above); with hip, trendy restaurants and quick access to the bike path.