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2020 SPSP New Orleans Convention

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2021 - Austin, TX
February 11-13, 2021

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February 17-19, 2022

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February 23-25, 2023

History of SPSP Annual Convention

How are these locations selected?

2019 Printed Program cover

2019 - Portland

Program PDF

Talks and Posters

2018 Printed Program cover

2018 - Atlanta

Program PDF

Talks and Posters

2017 - San Antonio

Program PDF

Talks and Posters

2016 - San Diego

Program PDF

Talks and Posters

Videos

2015 - Long Beach

Program PDF

Talks and Posters

Videos

2014 - Austin

Program PDF

Talks and Posters

Videos

2013 - New Orleans

Program PDF

2012 - San Diego

Program PDF

2011 - San Antonio

Program PDF

2010 - Las Vegas

Program PDF

2009 - Tampa

Program PDF

2008 - Albuquerque

Program PDF

2007 - Memphis

Program PDF

2006 - Palm Springs

Program PDF

2005 - New Orleans

Program PDF

2004 - Austin

Program PDF

2003 - Los Angeles 

Program PDF 

2002 - Savannah

Program not available

 
 

2001 - San Antonio

Program not available

 

2000 - Nashville

Program not available

Have you ever wondered how the SPSP convention committee and SPSP board select the location for each conference? Below we describe the selection process in an effort to improve transparency surrounding the convention. We also describe the process for evaluating science programming and determining registration costs as part of these transparency efforts here and here).

Selecting a location is a multi-step decision-making process that originates at the SPSP board meeting every year. The entire board (e.g., the president, president-elect, treasurer, etc) and all SPSP committee chairs have a lengthy discussion about location. They take many factors into account, described below, and vote on top locations. If needed, the SPSP staff then investigate further to get the information needed to choose between the locations that received the most votes. The convention committee then makes the final decision about where the conference will be held.

In making a decision, we take into account a million different factors! The size of our conference limits our options quite a bit right off the bat. We are large enough that many cities can’t accommodate us, but we are simultaneously too small for some of the really large venues. Out of the options that can accommodate our size, cost is also a really important factor, since this is a critical ingredient of whether people can attend. We have to consider both the cost of the conference itself (e.g., reserving the space), and the cost it will require for people to travel there. Unfortunately, sometimes those don’t match up, and a place that would be cheap to reserve would be expensive to fly to or vice versa. This also means that we don’t want to only have the conference in one location (e.g., San Diego), because that means traveling is more expensive for people on the East Coast than the West Coast. So, we try and move from west to central to east coast for this reason. Another important factor in selecting the location are the laws in each state. For example, some states have anti-LGBTQ laws in place that would directly affect LGBTQ members in attendance (e.g., bathroom bills), and we will not have a conference in a location that is unfriendly towards attendees. We also take into account (in no particular order): weather, accessibility to international members, marketability, and any special opportunities that may exist in a city.
 
Needless to say, once we have taken all of these considerations into place, we are left with relatively few potential options. This is a complex process, and a lot goes into the decision for each year.
 
2020 Annual Convention
February 27-29, 2020
New Orleans, LA USA