Every autumn, SESP holds a conference open to its members and their guests. Each meeting is hosted by one or more academic institutions within the same geographic area, and the meeting site varies from year to year depending upon where the host institutions are located. Click here for a historical record of SESP sites.
SESP 2013 will be held September 26-28 in Berkeley, California. This date is slightly earlier than usual because SESP was able to negotiate favorable hotel rates on this weekend (SESP is typically held around the first or second week of October).
The 2013 meeting will take place at the beautiful Claremont Hotel and Spa, which is conveniently nestled in the Claremont Hills of Berkeley, California. This year, UC Berkeley and Stanford University are the primary hosts with generous support from UC San Francisco, UC Davis, and Elsevier, publisher of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
The conference program is nearly complete and is being prepared by the SESP Program Committee (chaired by Jennifer Beer, with committee members Hart Blanton, Dana Carney, and David Dunning). Click here for a preliminary program.
Registration for SESP 2013 is now open!
The SESP conference is open to members, and each member in attendance may sponsor one guest. Guests should register on their own, but will need to provide the sponsor name at the time of registration. Rates are $350 and include light breakfasts, two lunches, receptions, and two dinners. The registration rate applies until August 19, 2013. After August 19, registration will be $385.
The following preconferences will be held on Thursday, September 26:
SESP Conference attendees will be able to register for the Attraction and Groups preconferences at the same time they register for the main conference.
[Note: The PMIG meeting will take place on September 23-26 and is open to those interested in social cognition (broadly defined), regardless of whether they also attend the SESP conference.]Organizers:
SESP 2013 will be held at the Claremont Hotel Club and Spa:
41 Tunnel Road
We were able to secure reasonable rates: single rooms are $225 and double rooms are $235. The hotel "resort" fee has been waived, and all guests may enjoy the "full run of the club," including the outstanding gym facilities, pools, and tennis courts (the Claremont has truly outstanding grounds and facilities—please do feel free to take advantage). Spa services are also available at a discounted rate for SESP attendees (10% off Sunday to Thursday). September is considered "summer time" in Berkeley, so swimming outdoors is quite possible.
Room reservations can be made through the hotel’s website. The last possible date to secure conference rates is September 2, 2013. Please note: The hotel has a limited number of rooms with two beds. Please book early. Rooms with one King bed and a rollaway bed or sleeper sofa will be the next alternative. There will be an additional fee of $30.00 per night if there is a third adult in the room.
Click here to make your hotel reservations. Guests can also call the hotel to make arrangements (asking for the SESP room block): 800-551-7266.
UPDATE: Rooms are now very scarce at the Claremont Hotel and Spa. Please do try to secure your reservation there while space is available, but here are a few other hotel options in the Berkeley area (Note that SESP does not have room blocks or special booking arrangements with these hotels):
Because the Bay Area is a desirable location, we thought some conference attendees may wish to visit a little longer and enjoy the arts in San Francisco, the California coast, or the wine country. As such, we took the liberty of securing the group rate for three (3) days before group arrival and three (3) days after group departure, dependent on hotel availability. Please feel free to come early to SESP or stay longer. We will soon post a list of popular Bay Area activities.
Parking has been reduced to $15 for day parking and to $18 for overnight parking. This includes unlimited in and out privileges.
SESP will host all meals at the conference on Friday and Saturday: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and breaks, including receptions with drinks and hors d'oeuvres (Note: We have developed menu options for even the most restrictive diets). As usual, you'll make entrée choices when registering for the conference online. However, should you choose to dine on your own, there are two outstanding restaurants at the hotel, both with executive chefs and farm-to-table food. The Paragon Restaurant and Bar is more casual than the hotel’s signature restaurant, Meritage. There is also the Bayview Café which serves up casual meals poolside so you can continue to soak in the sun and the views (when not attending talks, of course!).
There are a number of outstanding restaurants in and near Berkeley. We will soon post a list of popular Bay Area activities that will include recommended restaurants. We will also include the most notable or Michelin-starred restaurants in San Francisco, such as Atelier Crenn, and in Sonoma, such as French Laundry. If you wish to dine at either of these restaurants, you should consider reserving a table now.
You should also make a reservation now for the world famous Chez Panisse in Berkeley. While you mull over the possibility of indulging in Alice Waters’ culinary magic, note that the dining room at Chez Panisse books up months in advance. There is also a less formal dining room, known as Chez Panisse Café, at the same location; the café is wonderful, does not have a set menu like the more formal dining room, and is a bit easier to book. In addition to Chez Panisse, there are a number of truly incredible restaurants along Berkeley's "Gourmet Ghetto" (a 10-15 minute taxi cab ride from the hotel).
The SESP "Saturday Night Event"
On Saturday the 28th of September, we will hop on coach buses that will drive us to the legendary Craneway Pavillion—home to the history of Rosie the Riveter. To give this unique venue the justice it deserves, we've created a brief slideshow. The views and architecture are stunning. The food is outstanding. We will eat, enjoy the company, look at the views through towering glass walls, and dance to our very own Samuel D. Gosling as he DJs the night away for us.
Berkeley is served by two international airports, each of which is about 30 minutes from Berkeley and the Claremont Hotel.
To travel to Berkeley from either SFO or OAK, SESP guests should take a taxi, rent a car (both taxis and cars are available at both SFO and OAK), or call a car service (Bauer's car service is fairly reasonable). Here are directions to the Claremont Hotel.
Berkeley has a temperate climate year-round. Data from the last 10 years suggest the temperature during our conference will be roughly 65 degrees Fahrenheit.