Annual Conference

In light of the improving situation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, the SESP 2021 conference will be taking place at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort in Santa Barbara, CA from October 7-9, 2021

The SESP meeting is generally open to SESP members only, but each SESP member in attendance may sponsor one guest, and non-member speakers whose symposia are accepted may attend without sponsorship. Registration for the conference itself will open in mid-June.
This year's Program Committee includes Shira Gabriel (Chair), Grainne FitzsimonsEd Hirt, and Heejung Kim (UCSB representative).

Our newly adopted 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.
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).


Registration and hotel reservations will be opening in mid June. An email announcement will be made to SESP members when the registration portal opens.

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