Annual Conference

The Symposia Proposal Portal for SESP 2023 is now open! SESP 2023 will take place in Madison, Wisconsin, from October 12-14, 2023, at the Concourse Hotel


As always, members and non-members are invited to submit proposals for symposia. We invite submissions from all PhD-level social psychologists from all backgrounds and especially encourage submissions by individuals from underrepresented and historically excluded groups.
SESP values open dialogue and debate, often involving unresolved and controversial scientific issues. While encouraging rigorous exchange, we also oppose discourse that, intentionally or unintentionally, perpetuates bias and contributes to an unwelcoming environment for all scholars. In reviewing your submissions, please ensure that your proposal is consistent with SESP’s values regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We are particularly interested in symposia examining new topics, offering novel approaches to longstanding issues, and linkin
g areas of research not typically connected. We encourage panels including both established and younger members of SESP and speakers from diverse backgrounds and different types of institutions.

Symposia Guidelines
1. The chair and presenters can be SESP members or nonmembers with Ph.D.s. Unfortunately, graduate students cannot present talks or chair symposia (though they may be listed as co-authors). However, current graduate students who complete their Ph.D. by September 2023 may give talks and serve as symposia chairs.
2. The first author is the person who presents at the symposium. An individual can only serve as a first author on only ONE paper, but they 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. It is the responsibility of the symposium chair to confirm that all suggested speakers are volunteering to present in only ONE session.

3. Each symposium should allow ample for time for questions from the audience. A symposium typically consists of three or four presentations and may include a discussant. Ideally, the last 15-20 minutes should be spent on questions and answers or exchanges between speakers. The total time of sessions is typically 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.

Please download and complete the Symposium Proposal Form, save it as a pdf, and upload it to the Symposium Proposal Portal. The proposal form asks for an overall title and abstract for the symposium and titles and abstracts for each individual presentation (no more than 250 words each).

Proposals will be accepted through June 30, 2023. Notifications will be made by the end of July.


You will need to book accommodations directly with the hotel, using 
this link

These heavily-discounted room rates will be available until Wednesday, September 13 (unless we sell out our room block prior to this date). Be sure to book as early as possible to secure your room.


  Person Memory Interest Group (PMIG): 

The Person Memory Interest Group invites researchers in social cognition (broadly defined) to attend their preconference. Meeting information and registration will be forthcoming. Person Memory is co-organized by Jackie Chen ( and Gordon Moskowitz ( Contact Jackie and Gordon with any questions.

   Social Science & Sustainability Solutions (4S):
Researchers interested in proenvironmental behaviors, sustainability, and climate change are invited to attend “Social Science & Sustainability Solutions,” a half-day conference that will take place on the morning of the Monday following SESP (Oct. 16). The goal is to bring together social psychologists interested in sustainability and scholars from the University of Wisconsin–Madison who conduct climate-related research that is relevant for social scientists (see the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies). Meeting information and registration will be made available soon. The Social Science & Sustainability Solutions postconference is co-organized by David Sherman <>, Matt Ginder-Vogel <>, and Markus Brauer <>.

The SESP meeting is open to SESP members and all post-docs and faculty who self-identify as social psychologists. Graduate students may attend by being sponsored by a current member of SESP. 

The registration deadline for early-bird pricing ($395) is September 1. Registration fees after September 1 will be $425. Registration costs cover a Thursday evening reception, light breakfasts and breaks, lunches on Friday and Saturday, a Saturday night reception, and conference costs.
This year's Program Committee includes
Nick Rule (Chair), Lora Park, and Kerri Johnson.

The final program is available here.

Please examine our Convention Code of Conduct if you plan to attend SESP 2022.


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. If you are a graduate student, will be prompted to indicate the name of your SESP member host. Your host must be in attendance at the SESP meeting. 

We will be following guidance from the State of Pennsylvania and hotel rules regarding COVID-19 precautions. All SESP 2022 attendees will be asked to confirm that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Looking ahead: We are seeking future sites for SESP -- if you are interested in hosting in 2024 or beyond, please email Steve Stroessner at