Annual Conference

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 Program committee is chaired by Ashby Plant, and includes David Amodio, Daphna Oyserman, and Geoffrey Leonardelli.

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.


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. The submission deadline is May 31.
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 October 2019 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, rename the completed template with your last name and first initial (e.g., PlantA), then upload your submission at the symposium submission portal. Submission will be accepted through May 31, 2019. We ask for an overall title and abstract, as well as titles and abstracts for each presentation (no more than 250 words each). Please direct any questions to Program Chair Ashby Plant, or SESP EO Monica Biernat.

About SESP 2019:

  • 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 also 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.

Hotel reservations are now available!

Room rates at the Sheraton Centre 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.


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