Conference Attendance Justification Resources

2024 SIOP Annual Conference

Conference Attendance Justification Resources

For 38 years, the SIOP Annual Conference has brought together thousands of I-O psychology practitioners, educators, researchers, and students from around the world to network, share knowledge, and form lifelong professional connections and friendships.

The 2024 event will continue to feature both in-person and virtual offerings, allowing opportunities for you to participate in a way you are most comfortable.

Further down this page, we have included a table of the benefits for in-person and virtual conference formats for you to reference as you decide which is the right fit for you.

The Program Committee is confident that 2024 SIOP Annual Conference attendees will appreciate this year’s robust educational offerings.

But we recognize that you may need help building the case to attend with your employer or graduate school, so we have prepared these resources. 

 

Practitioners: 4 Tips for Speaking With Your Supervisor


  1.  Select the sessions you plan to attend and share how they align with your organization’s strategic goals or needs.
  2.   Share how specific areas in your recent evaluation could be addressed by attending the conference.
  3.   Highlight educational opportunities and research presentations that can advance your research agenda or build your competence in specific practice areas.
  4.   Offer to share information learned with your colleagues who did not attend.

Customize this template letter to request a meeting with your supervisor.

Template Letter for Professionals

 

Students: 4 Tips for Speaking With Your Graduate Program Director


  1.   Select the sessions you plan to attend and share how they align with your current program learnings.
  2.   Share how research interest connections could be made by attending the conference.
  3.   Highlight additional educational opportunities and research presentations that can advance your I-O knowledge or build your competence in specific practice areas.
  4.   Offer to share information learned with your colleagues who did not attend.

Customize this template letter to request a meeting with your graduate program director.

Template Letter for Students

 

 

We look forward to seeing you in person, or virtually, at the 2024 SIOP Annual Conference!

 

The Benefits of In-Person and Online Conference Formats

In Person

Encourages more interactive participation and networking opportunities


Allows for more fluid conversation in most conference offerings


Discussions in exhibit halls can lead to new vendors or technology adoption


Presents fewer technology concerns


Provides a change of scenery that can motivate and inspire

Online

Less time-consuming (less downtime, no travel time)


Online, real-time events offer unique opportunities for audience participation


On-demand content allows for scheduling flexibility


More focused, higher efficiency (less small talk)


More affordable