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Where will the 2018 Annual Convention be held and what is the address?

The meeting will be held in the Hyatt Regency Atlanta and the Atlanta Marriott Marquis both located at 265 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

How far is the nearest airport to the convention center? 

The nearest airport is the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, about a 20-minute drive. Check out our travel page for more transportation options.

Is there parking available at the hotel?

Yes, parking is available at both hotel properties. Valet parking is available at the Hyatt for $35 per day and at the Marriott for $38 per day.

Do I have to be a member to attend?

No, however, the registration fees are reduced for members. Join here!

What is the expected meeting attendance?

We are expecting approximately 3,800 attendees, including exhibitors, to join us in Atlanta.

I’ve never been to the convention before. Are there special onsite convention resources and opportunities for first-time attendees?

SPSP has a number of resources, both online and onsite, that help make a first time attendee’s experience more enjoyable and meaningful. Check out our First Time Attendees page for more information on how to maximize your experience.

How can I review the program prior to the convention?

Our Convention Mobile App will be available in the fall. When it’s available, download the app to view the program, create a customized schedule, and interact with other attendees. Also in the fall, we will upload a PDF version of the printed program to our website that will be available to download.   

Is there a telephone number I can give my family/office in case of an emergency?

Yes, there will be a telephone in the management office/registration area onsite. The number will be listed in the mobile app and the printed program prior to convention. 

Can I bring a spouse, friend, or relative into my session to see my poster or talk?

Yes, however a badge is required for every person attending a meeting session or event. No unregistered adults over 18 are allowed in the exhibit/poster hall. Visit the guest information page for more information on bringing guests. 

If I bring my children, are they permitted to attend educational and social events with me as well as visit the exhibits?

Yes, parents or guardians may bring children under the age of 18 to educational and social events provided the children do not disrupt the event. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times, including in the exhibit hall. Under no circumstances are children under the age of 16 allowed in the exhibit hall during exhibitor set-up and dismantle times.

Do you provide childcare?

SPSP does not provide childcare at the annual convention. Please visit our Family Information page for some childcare providers the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau has recommended.

Are posters/sessions archived? Can I see previous years’ talks/posters?

All presenters and speakers have the option to upload their work to our repository. Uploading is not required of speakers and presenters. Visit our Future and Past Conventions page on our website to take a look at all the work from previous conventions that has been uploaded.

Where will future conventions be held?

Visit our Future and Past Conventions page on our website to see where we’re headed next!

What is an Affiliated Event? How do I reserve space for one?

Affiliated Events are events hosted by individuals or groups other than the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, that take place before, during, or after the SPSP Annual Convention and are in conjunction with the convention. Space for these events is limited and granted on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more and request space, visit our Affiliated Events page.

What should I wear at the convention?

Convention attendees typically wear a mix of business and business casual attire. There is no formal dress code. Presenters typically dress more toward business attire, while some attendees dress more toward the casual side of the spectrum. No matter your dress, comfortable shoes are highly recommended!

I have a question. Where can I get help at the convention?

SPSP staff will be available to answer your questions at the Registration Desk, which will be located on level LL2 of the Hyatt Regency.

Will I receive my badge prior to traveling to SPSP 2016?

No, badges will not be mailed in advance. You will need to bring a copy of your confirmation letter or a valid form of ID (driver’s license, student ID, passport, etc.) to the Convention Center and pick up your badge in the registration area.

Can I leave my poster tube, luggage, backpack, etc. at the Registration Counter while I attend sessions?

No, but you can check your poster at poster check, located just outside the exhibit hall on level LL2.

What if I lost my Program? Can I request another copy on-site?

You may check with the registration desk to see if any extra books are available; however, it is more likely that you will be required to use the searchable PDF Program and/or the mobile meetings app in lieu of the printed program. In an effort to save the environment and reduce costs associated with the meeting, we have a 'By Request Only' option for the program book on the convention registration form. Because of this, we print a limited number of programs for attendees. Remaining printed programs are usually distributed from the registration desk starting Saturday afternoon.

Is there a business center available for making copies, sending faxes, etc?

Yes, both the Hyatt Regency Atlanta and the Atlanta Marriott Marquis both have business centers.

Is there food available at the Convention Center?

Both the Hyatt Regency Atlanta and the Atlanta Marriott Marquis have restaurants included in their hotel property. Additionally, connected via tunnels to the Hyatt Regency, is the Peachtree Center. There is a food court on level 2 of the Peachtree Center with many food options.

Do I need to wear my convention badge to attend sessions or other SPSP convention events?

Attendees are required to wear their badge to all convention sessions, activities, receptions, meals/breaks, and while in the Exhibit Hall. Wearing your badge signals to security that you have paid registration fees and are permitted in these attendee only areas. For any event that is outside of the convention center, it is advisable to bring your badge with you in case door staff needs to verify your inclusion with the group, but it is not necessary to wear it.

I lost something? Where is lost and found?

If you’ve misplaced something, come to the Registration Desk at the entrance to the Exhibit Hall, on level LL2 of the Hyatt Regency. SPSP staff will do their best to help you locate your item.

Can I leave a session before it is over or come to a session late?

Yes, while we certainly hope you stay for the entire session, we understand sometimes there are overlaps in the schedule that require you to bounce around. If you are an attendee, you are welcome to come and go from sessions as you wish. If you plan to arrive late or leave early, please sit in a location that allows you to come and go with as little disruption as possible.

No, if you are a presenter/speaker in a session, please arrive early and meet with your chair, and then stay for the entire session to support your fellow speakers.

There are so many receptions & events. Can I go to all of them?

SPSP has a large number of receptions and events that happen throughout the convention. Below is a list of receptions that are open and welcome all attendees. For the full list of receptions, visit our webpage here.

I saw something about tickets. Do I need tickets for events?

Some of the events/activities at the SPSP convention require advanced registration due to space restrictions and other logistics. A list of events that require advanced registration for attendance is below. Registration for these events opens as we get closer to the convention and links will be posted here.

SPSP 5K Fun Run & Walk – Friday, March 2, 2018: 6:30AM – Register with convention registration!

Student Committee Mentoring Lunches – Friday, March 2 & Saturday, March 3, 2018: 1:00 – 2:00 PM

GASP Mentoring Lunch – Friday, March 2, 2018: 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Early Career Mentoring Happy Hour – Friday, March 2, 2018: 5:00 – 6:30 PM

*All workshops listed in the program will all require pre-registration, due to limited space available. All workshops will be designated in the program as “Pre-Registration Required.” Links to register for these sessions will be posted on our website and announced via email when they are available.*

What is Pop-Up Programming and how can I participate?

Pop-Up Programming was introduced at the 2016 Convention. Many times topics of discussion arise onsite at the convention between attendees sparked by a session or a poster. These conversations, if given a venue, can become highly useful and collaborative experiences. We provide you a small space and promote your topic on social media and our mobile app, people show up, and you have a mini round table discussion on the topic of your choice.

In order to host a Pop-Up session, visit the Registration Desk just outside the Exhibit Hall on level LL2 of the Hyatt Regency. SPSP staff will assist you in getting your session created.

Can I record sessions?

SPSP asks that you do not photograph, audio or video record speakers, presentations, or posters without the permission of the authors/speakers. Select sessions will be recorded by SPSP (with permission) and posted online. For more information about these sessions, contact meetings@spsp.org following the convention.

Will there be wifi at the convention?

Yes, there will be wifi in all session rooms and public space at the convention, as well as in the Exhibit Hall. The wifi be printed in the program, onsite guide, published in the mobile app and available on signage onsite. Just a friendly reminder - please be respectful and use wifi responsibly while in session rooms.

Are all presentations endorsed by SPSP or do they reflect SPSP policy?

All remarks, presentations, and viewpoints found in any session, poster, or program content or expressed by convention participants are held solely by the participant and do not reflect the position or policies of SPSP. 

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