Annual Conference

The SESP 2021 program is now available!

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Registration for SESP 2021 is now open!
The SESP 2021 conference will be held at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort in Santa Barbara, CA from October 7-9, 2021. The local conference organizers are the social psychology group at UCSB, led by Heejung Kim.

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.

The SESP meeting is open to SESP members only, but each SESP member in attendance may sponsor one guest. Non-member speakers whose symposia are accepted may attend without sponsorship. This year's Program Committee includes Shira Gabriel (Chair), Grainne FitzsimonsEd Hirt, and Heejung Kim.

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," then "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

Because of uncertainties regarding attendance due to covid-19, please register as soon as possible if you plan on attending SESP 2021. By doing so, you will help us to identify any changes needed in our contractual obligations to the hotel, if necessary.

The registration deadline for early-bird pricing ($395) is September 1. Registration fees after September 1 will be $425.

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

These heavily-discounted room rates will be available until September 6 (unless we sell out our room block prior to this date). Be sure to book as early as possible to secure your room.

To ensure the safest meeting possible, The SESP Executive Committee has voted to enact a vaccine mandate for SESP 2021. Therefore, all SESP 2021 attendees must provide evidence that they are fully vaccinated before being allowed to participate in the meeting. Proof can either be provided before arriving at the meeting using the links below (preferred) or can be provided when registering in Santa Barbara.

For submitting evidence of vaccination:

For individuals WITH a Google account

For individuals WITHOUT a Google account

In addition, we will be following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (, State of California guidelines ( and hotel rules regarding COVID-19 precautions. Note that under the current guidelines, masks will be required for unvaccinated individuals in public spaces. Masks are also currently recommended for vaccinated individuals in areas of substantial or high transmission, for individuals who are immunocompromised or at high risk of severe disease, or have someone in their household at heightened risk.  

Our Convention Code of Conduct is now available.


As always, members and non-members are invited to submit symposia. We are particularly interested in symposia that provide new ways of looking at topics, that include both established as well as younger members of SESP, and that attempt to link areas of interest that are not normally connected.

This year's Program Committee includes Shira Gabriel (Chair), Grainne FitzsimonsEd Hirt, and Heejung Kim (UCSB representative).

Symposium Guidelines
1. The chair and/or presenters can be SESP members or nonmembers, but *no graduate students* are permitted to serve as symposium chairs or presenters (though they may be co-authors). Current graduate students who will complete the Ph.D. by September 2021 may serve as presenters.
2. The first author is the person who presents at the symposium. A person can only be the first author ONCE, but 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 on that basis. It is the responsibility of the symposium chair to confirm that all speakers on a proposed symposium are only submitting to present in ONE session.
3. A symposium generally consists of FOUR presentations. It is up to the chair whether to add a discussant to the four presentations or not (typically, most symposia do not have discussants as the total time of the symposium will only be 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.
To submit a symposium for consideration, please download and complete the submission template, then upload your submission at the symposium submission portal. Submission will be accepted through July 15, 2021. We ask for an overall title and abstract, as well as titles and abstracts for each presentation (no more than 250 words each).

We look forward to seeing you in Santa Barbara in October!

Looking ahead:  SESP 2022 will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL from October 13-15. We are also seeking future sites for SESP -- if you are interested in hosting in 2023 or beyond, please email Steve Stroessner at