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SIOP Conference: Chicago Wrap-Up, and on to L.A.!

Donald Truxillo
Portland State University

Jeff McHenry
Microsoft Corporation

The 2004 SIOP Conference is just a memory. But a very good one it is. Many people worked to make this conference the best ever, and the result was a terrific meeting.

We gathered a great deal of feedback from members following the 2003 conference to see how we could keep the conference fresh and exciting. Based on that feedback, we tried out a number of new ideas in Chicago. In addition to an excellent regular program, we had state-of-the-art preconference workshops and tutorials and a roster of stimulating special programming. We increased the number of interactive poster sessions, with these sessions running throughout the conference. And we worked to create a welcoming atmosphere, through innovations such as the welcome session for new members and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) reception. Other innovations for 2004 were a special session on the visibility of I-O psychology, the Community of Interests, and a special Sunday theme on science and practice issues related to emergency response, public safety, and occupational health. We plan to keep the most successful of these innovations in next years conference. These innovations were all in response to input from our members, and this is what keeps our conference current and vital. We invite additional ideas and suggestions for 2005.

The conference offers a great experience for members, and the Chicago Sheraton offered a great location. This was reflected in our attendance, which was a record-breaking 3,685an increase of 23%! This unprecedented attendance only served to increase the energy of an already exciting meeting it allowed members to catch up with colleagues they may not have seen in years, as well as to connect with those they had not met before. One problem resulting from the record-breaking attendance is that we ran out of printed programs in Chicago. We apologize to those who were inconvenienced by this, and were taking steps to make sure that this doesnt happen next year. 

Although the dust has barely settled from the Chicago conference, the Conference Committee is beginning work on the 2005 conference in Los Angeles. The L.A. Westin is in a great downtown location, and we plan to make this our best meeting ever. Stay tuned for more information!

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