How far is the nearest airport to the convention hotels?
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
The SPSP housing block is currently open.
How do I make changes to my hotel reservation?
You are able to log in after you make your reservation with your confirmation number, and make any necessary changes to your reservation. If you have additional questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does the hotel offer assistance for visitors with disabilities and special needs and who should I contact?
While both of the host hotels are ADA compliant, if you have a disability that will have an impact on your participation in the meeting, please contact us at email@example.com or by telephone at 202-869-3242. We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate and specific accommodations without prior notification.
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?
In general, hotel reservations must be cancelled 48 hours prior to check in in order to avoid paying 1-night room and tax penalties. Please check with your individual hotel to be sure of their specific cancellation policies.
Registration is open and will be available through the convention. You may also register onsite. Discounted registration rates will be 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, 2 drink tickets, or one of each. A fee of $15 per boxed lunch will be added to registration for non-student members and nonmembers.
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.
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. A fee of $15 per boxed lunch will be added to registration for non-student members and nonmembers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your name as it appears on official documents.
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.
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. 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 email@example.com.
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.
I have a question about my registration. Who should I contact?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any registration questions.
I've registered for #SPSP2018 but unexpectedly cannot attend. May I send someone else in my place? If so, how would I go about making this substitution?
Please contact email@example.com 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 February 1, 2018.
Please contact: Nate Wambold, Meetings and Events Director at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 202-869-3242.
Is there an exhibit hall-only registration fee?
No. In order to visit the exhibits, you must register for the entire meeting.
How soon can I get into the Exhibit Hall to setup my poster? When must I remove my poster?
Poster presenters can hang their posters are the start of their assigned poster sessions. Many sessions run back to back, so it’s important for presenters to be on time to their session and hang their poster at the beginning of their session, and wrap up their presentations and have their poster taken down by the end of their session.
Are children allowed in the exhibit hall?
Yes, however children under the age of 18 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.