SIOP Annual Conference

April 15-17, 2021 ~ Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Dear Colleagues,

We look forward to the 36th SIOP Annual Conference!  

Although this is the 36th SIOP Annual Conference, it is the first “hybrid” conference offering three delivery formats:

In-Person Live sessions from April 15-17 enjoyed by in-person conference registrants at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, some of which will be live streamed to virtual conference registrants.

Virtual Live sessions from April 15-17 enjoyed by in-person and virtual conference registrants, regardless of location (e.g., Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel room, home, office).

Virtual Asynchronous sessions available during and after the conference dates enjoyed by in-person and virtual conference registrants on-demand.

This year’s conference introduces several innovations designed to elevate your experience and tailor the conference to your needs, especially during the ongoing pandemic. However, the heart of the conference continues to be the array of high-quality, peer-reviewed content, diversity of perspectives and topic areas, and blend of science and practice offered in the educational program.

The 2021 annual conference program is being designed to maximize flexibility and efficiency given the ever-changing environment. For example, we recognize that presenters may not know until much closer to the conference dates whether they will be able to attend in person or virtually, so we are allowing for sessions to be administered with a mix of virtual and in-person presenters and are delaying requiring decisions regarding location of presenters for as long as possible. We also recognize that virtual attendees may not have as much dedicated time to view sessions during the 3-day conference window, so we are recording as many of the live (virtual and in person) sessions as possible and making them available asynchronously for several weeks following the conference dates. In addition to the approximately 10 tracks of live events, we will be having an approximately equal number of asynchronous (pre-recorded) sessions available for viewing during the conference window and several weeks following to allow for flexibility of attendees to view content whenever is convenient. Many of these sessions will be organized into various tracks (see Tracks section below) to help attendees efficiently identify sessions that align with their interest areas.

Additionally, the Conference Committee is prioritizing interactivity to maintain the sense of community the annual conference brings to many of the SIOP membership. First, there will be live (in-person and virtual) sessions where presenters and attendees may attend in real-time, asking questions and allowing opportunity for engagement. Second, there will be scheduled blocks of time for virtual social/networking, akin to Coffee Breaks that would occur at an in-person event. Finally, there will be all-SIOP receptions taking place in the live virtual format to open and close the conference.

How to Conference

We are providing greater guidance on how to optimize your conference experience using Whova. Video guides will be available by April 1 so that you have the knowledge and tools available to you so that you can make the most out of the conference. Please keep in mind that Whova includes a Community Board that can enhance the ease of finding attendees with whom you may desire to network, initiating and joining meetups, and engaging in discussion throughout the conference.

Pre-Conference Events

All pre-conference events, including Workshops and Consortia, will be taking place in advance of the in-person conference, which begins on April 15, and will be delivered fully virtually. Details will be shared soon about the 9 Workshops designed to cover a wide range of topics guaranteed to meet your professional development needs. Various consortia for students, faculty, and practitioners will also be taking place in advance of the in-person conference. Please register to secure your spot, as spaces will be limited to maintain the high-quality experiences expected of these events.

Welcome Reception

Mark your calendars for Wednesday’s Welcome Reception, which will be taking place live virtually. We hope you can Zoom in for this interactive event that will bring together dynamic academics and practitioners in game-show-like fun, testing their KSAs on I-O competencies as well as other (i.e., fun!) competencies. Be prepared to mix up a famous New Orleans cocktail or mocktail, and laissez les bons temps rouler!

Opening Plenary Session

The educational program opens Thursday morning with SIOP’s highest awards and introductions to the newest SIOP Fellows. This event will feature Georgia Chao’s Presidential Address with reflections on her theme, Moving Forward, following a must-see introduction by the incoming president, Steven Rogelberg. 


The SIOP Program committee is cultivating a number of session tracks on high-demand, high-impact topics that are broadly applicable across the membership. This includes a presidential theme track held on Thursday in Potomac D entitled “Moving Forward,” which discusses how IOs can most effectively move forward following the events of 2020. Also included are several special sessions featuring topics related to COVID, Psychological Safety, D&I, Training, and Machine Learning. SIOP Select also includes several sessions in which 2020 award winners will offer strategies, tips, and examples of leading careers in I-O. We will be offering virtual communities of interest events that will take place daily to encourage networking and interaction among attendees. Finally, we will be continuing to provide more in-depth learning and CE credit opportunities through optional paid Friday Seminars.

We are also making it easier to find non-curated sessions of interest by organizing many accepted sessions into tracks within the Whova app. For example, we will have a track of sessions featuring reproducible research, another track featuring sessions with a multidisciplinary focus, and another track featuring the top-rated posters.

Closing Plenary and Reception

You won’t want to miss the closing plenary, featuring Parminder Jassal. Dr. Jassal is the former founding director of the Learn and Work Futures Lab at the Institute for the Future, a Fellow with the Forum on the Future of Education and Employment, and is now the co-founder and CEO of based in Austin. Following the closing plenary, we will have a festive finale to the conference celebrating the city of New Orleans’ cultural, culinary, and musical scenes. Both the Closing Plenary and Reception will be live-streamed so that all registrants may participate.

Please continue to share feedback or ideas with the Conference or Program Committees by emailing us at so that the conference continues to evolve each year.


Whitney Botsford Morgan
2021 SIOP Annual Conference Chair

Emily Solberg
2021 SIOP Program Chair