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Before I Arrive

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!

How can I become a member and receive discounted registration fees and other member benefits?
Click here to learn more about becoming a member of SPSP. 

How can I register to attend one of the Preconferences at SPSP?
When you register for the Annual Convention, you will have the option to add a preconference registration to your order before you check out. 

Is there a discount for Preconferences or Convention?
If you register for both a preconference and convention you will receive an automatic $25 discount. 

How do I register for the convention?
Registration will open in August, and will be available through the convention. You may also register onsite. Discounted registration rates are available until January 15th, so be sure to register early!

What does my registration fee include? 
Your registration fee includes access to all SPSP sponsored sessions, lectures, symposia, poster and oral presentations, the exhibit hall and the meeting program book. Registration also includes continental breakfast and AM and PM coffee breaks on Friday and Saturday, and your choice of either 2 boxed lunch tickets or 2 drink tickets.

Is boxed lunch included with registration?
It depends, with registration you have the option of (2) drink tickets, (2) boxed lunch tickets, or one of each. 

What forms of payment are accepted for registration?
You may pay by credit card or check. The credit cards we accept include MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover. If you would like to pay by check, visit our website to download a paper registration form and mail that and your check to the address listed on the form. Credit cards, checks, and cash are all acceptable forms of payment onsite at the registration desk.

I am an international member; can I still register?
Yes! First check to see if you need to obtain a visa to travel to the US. If you need to obtain a visa and would like to request a formal invitation, you must register for the convention first and then email meetings@spsp.org. Be sure to include your name as it appears on official documents. 

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 back on this page in late summer for more detailed information about those resources and events geared specifically for first-time attendees.

How can I review the program prior to the convention?
Our Convention Mobile App will be available in late summer. Download the app to view the program, create a customized schedule, and interact with other attendees.

In mid-January, we will upload a PDF version of the printed program, available to download, to our webpage.   

Does the hotel offer assistance for visitors with disabilities and special needs and who should I contact?
If you have a disability that will have an impact on your participation in the meeting, please contact us at meetings@spsp.org or by telephone at 202-869-3242. We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification.

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 register my boss, or can my lab manager register me for the convention?
Yes, anyone can register anyone else for the convention. To do so, visit the registration page (when it’s available). Once there, log in. If you do not have an SPSP login, create one (choose nonmember if you are a nonmember). Once logged in, you will have the option to register yourself, or select another user/member to register. If you have further questions, email registration@spsp.org.

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 16 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 17 to educational and social events provided the children do not disrupt the event. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 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.

Are children allowed in the exhibit hall?
Yes, children must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian in the exhibit hall. Under no circumstances are children under the age of 16 allowed in the exhibit hall during set up and dismantle times.

Do you provide childcare?
Childcare will not be provided at the meeting.  Attendees should make other arrangements prior to arriving in San Antonio

I am interested in exhibiting at SPSP 2017. Whom should I contact?
Please contact: Nate Wambold, Meetings and Events Director at nwambold@spsp.org, or 202-524-6542.  

Is there an exhibit hall-only registration fee?
No. In order to visit the exhibits, you must register for the entire meeting.

When can we begin to reserve hotel rooms?
The SPSP housing block is now open. Reserve your housing here!

How do I make changes to my hotel reservation?
If you have reserved a room within the official SPSP housing block, visit our website here, and click “Manage Existing Reservation.”

Will I receive a confirmation from the hotel?
Once you have reserved a room, the housing website will immediately send you a confirmation. About a week out from the meeting, the individual hotel you chose will email you a reminder of your reservation.

What is the hotel cancellation policy?
Hotel reservations must be cancelled 48 hours prior to check in in order to avoid paying 1-night room and tax penalties.

Do I have to pay registration fees if I submitted an abstract?
Yes, submission of and/or acceptance of an abstract does not constitute registration to the convention. All speakers and presenters must be registered attendees. 

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.

I have a question about my registration. Who should I contact?
Please contact registration@spsp.org with any registration questions. 

I've registered for SPSP 2017 but unexpectedly cannot attend. May I send someone else in my place? If so, how would I go about making this substitution?
Please contact registration@spsp.org to request a registration substitution. 

What is the cancellation/refund policy?
A written request received via email or mail must be accompanied by the registrant's original confirmation letter. A registration processing fee of 30% will be deducted for all refund requests. The deadline for cancelling and receiving a refund less the processing fee is December 19, 2016. 

Are posters/sessions archived? Can I see previous years’ talks/posters?
Yes, all presenters and speakers have the option to upload their work to our repository. 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

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