Annual Conference

We had a great event at SESP 2017 in Boston! Watch for updates on our 2018 conference in Seattle, WA, October 4-6, 2018!

Boston details:

The SESP 2017 conference will be held at Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston, MA October 12-14, 2017. The local conference organizers are Keith Maddox and Carey Morewedge.

The SESP meeting is generally open to SESP members only, but each SESP member in attendance may sponsor one guest. Non-members whose symposia are accepted for the conference program do *not* need to be hosted by a member/sponsor.

Registration for SESP 2017 is now open!

The registration fee is $395 until September 12, then will rise to $420.* Registration costs cover a Thursday evening reception, light breakfasts and breaks, lunches on Friday and Saturday, and a dinner cruise on the Spirit Cruise Line on Saturday night.

If you are a SESP member, please login to your account at the Member Login site to the left (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

This year's Program Committee includes Jeff Sherman (Chair), Niall Bolger, Cheryl Kaiser, and Julia Minson (Boston representative). The full conference program, including all events and locations, is now available.


Several preconferences will be held prior to the Thursday evening opening reception of SESP:

Person Memory Interest Group
October 9-12, 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
October 12, at the Westin Boston Waterfront 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
October 12, at the Westin Boston Waterfront 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
October 12, 1-5 pm at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, run by Camille Johnson. An extra $30 fee is required when you register for this event along with your SESP conference registration.

Hotel reservations:

Reservations are now being accepted at the Westin Boston Waterfront. We have secured a room rate of $269 per night, which will be available through September 4 *12*, 2017 (EXTENDED DEADLINE), or until our room block is sold. Reserve a room online, or call 1-800-937-8461 (be sure to mention SESP).

We look forward to seeing you in Boston in October!

Looking ahead: SESP 2018 will be in Seattle, WA, October 4-6, 2018
We are seeking future sites for SESP -- if you are interested in hosting in 2019 or beyond, please email Monica Biernat at