Annual Conference

Thank you Toronto for a great 2019 conference! Next year, we'll be in Madison, WI October 15-17. Watch this space for updates!

The SESP 2019 conference will be held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in Toronto, Canada October 17-19, 2019. The local conference organizers are Geoffrey Leonardelli, Liz Page-Gould, Wil Cunningham, Alison Chasteen, and Jason Plaks.

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. We ask that all attendees comply with our Convention Code of Conduct.

Registration for SESP 2019 is now open!

The registration fee is $365 USD through September 17, then will rise to $400.* Registration costs cover a reception on Thursday evening, light breakfasts and breaks, sit-down lunches on Friday and Saturday, and a reception with music at the Art Gallery of Ontario (only 1 km away!) on Saturday evening.

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

Hotel Reservations:

Room rates at the Sheraton Centre Toronto are $279 CAD per night and must be booked by September 18, 2019 to receive the group rate.

Either call the hotel toll free at 1 888 627 7175 (be sure to mention that you are attending the 2019 SESP Annual Convention), or make your reservation online.


The conference program is now available! Thanks to the Program committee (Ashby Plant, Chair,  David Amodio, Daphna Oyserman, and Geoffrey Leonardelli) for their efforts.

About Toronto and Travel:

  • The local committee is excited about the conference coming to Toronto.  To give you a taste of the city, here's a short video.
  • The city and tips for travel: You can download the slide deck introducing Toronto 2019 at SESP 2018.
  • Stay connected: Receive tweets about #SESP2019 by following @SESPcon on Twitter.
  • Passport for Some: American residents and all other non-Canadian residents will need a valid passport to travel to and from Toronto. Other paperwork such as visas or an eTA might also be required. To find out whether you require a visa or eTA, please visit this Government of Canada website.
  • Here is a SESP 2019 Google Map for Toronto conference locations and some of the city's attractions.


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

Person Memory Interest Group
October 14-17, 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 17, at the Toronto Sheraton Centre, organized by 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 USD.

Groups Preconference
October 17, at the Toronto Sheraton Centre, organized by Cydney Dupree, Ines Jurcevic, and David Rast. You may register for this event at the same time you register for the main SESP conference for an additional fee of $110 USD.

Women's Leadership Workshop
October 17, at the Toronto Sheraton Centre, 1-5 pm, run by Camille Johnson. An extra $35 USD fee is required when you register for this event along with your SESP conference registration.


Looking ahead:  SESP 2020 will be in Madison, WI, October 15-17, 2020!  We are seeking future sites for SESP -- if you are interested in hosting in 2021 or beyond, please email Monica Biernat at

Looking back: A history of SESP conference locations