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Organize a Preconference

Organizing a preconference can seem overwhelming, especially to a first-time organizer. However, all you have to do is select the program and SPSP staff will take care of the rest (catering, a/v, registration, etc). 

Hosting a Preconference

SPSP will begin accepting applications to host a preconference for the 2019 Convention in May of 2018. Those interested in hosting a preconference must provide general information about their preconference in an application for review by the convention committee.

Applications will be made available here in May. Organizers are strongly encouraged to fill out the entirety of the application. Since preconferences are limited in 2019 due to space, the information submitted in the application will be used to evaluate which preconferences are selected and which are not if space does not exist for all applications submitted.

Note: Due to space limitations, SPSP reserves the right to reduce the number of preconferences and only those submitted by the deadline of June 8, 2018 will be considered.


After submission and acceptance of your preconference, SPSP staff will do the following:  

  • Place your preconference in a room size based on your previous attendance. New preconferences will be placed in rooms as space permits.
  • Ensure that each preconference receives the appropriate setup, AV, and food and beverage selections to optimize the experience for all preconference attendees.  
  • Provide access to double sided poster boards, if requested in your application.
  • Handle registration that is seamlessly integrated with the SPSP Annual Convention Registration. Attendees that register for convention as well as a preconference will receive $25 off their preconference registration rate.

Note: Please remember SPSP does not monitor, select, limit, or endorse any material presented in preconferences.


For more detailed information, visit the Organizer FAQs page.

2019 Annual Convention
February 7 - 9, 2019
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97232, USA