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. Non-members whose symposia are accepted for the conference program do *not* need to be hosted by a member/sponsor.

Our newly adopted Convention Code of Conduct is now available.

Registration for SESP 2018 is now open!

The registration fee is $325 through September 4, then will rise to $360.* Registration costs cover receptions on Thursday and Saturday evenings, light breakfasts and breaks, and sit-down lunches on Friday and Saturday.

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 "Your account" and then "Events and Registration" to begin the registration process. Please be sure 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 Kentaro Fujita (Chair), David Funder, Ashby Plant, and Ines Jurcevic (Seattle representative). They did a great job putting together an exciting program! We ask that all symposium speakers be sure to register for the conference.


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

Person Memory Interest Group
October 1-4, 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 4, at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, 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 4, at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, organized by Kimberly Rios, Jonathan Kunstman, and Cydney Dupree. 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 4, 1-5 pm at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, run by Camille Johnson. An extra $30 fee is required when you register for this event along with your SESP conference registration.

Hotel reservations:

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. Additional rooms that include two double beds are available at the nearby Hyatt Olive 8 – just around the corner! The cut-off date for room reservations is September 12, 2018.

The nightly rate at both hotels is $259  
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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

Looking back: A history of SESP conference locations