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SIOP 2019 34th Annual Conference: National Harbor, Fort Washington, Maryland, April 4-6, 2019 Preconference Workshops April 3, 2019

Tracey Rizzuto Program Chair, SIOP 2019, Louisiana State University, and Scott Tonidandel Conference Chair, SIOP 2019, UNC Charlotte

SIOP will continue the momentum of record-breaking conference attendance and superb programming at the 2019 SIOP Conference at National Harbor in Fort Washington, Maryland. The “I Am SIOP” theme will highlight collaborations, demonstrate impact through partnerships, and feature multidisciplinary approaches to advance our science and practice, with several new features and an outstanding lineup of speakers! Planning for this 34rd Annual Conference is underway, so mark your calendars now!

Thursday Theme Track

The Theme Track will offer a full day of programming designed to bring President Talya Bauers’ vision of I am SIOP to life. Chair Elizabeth McCune and her committee are assembling an exceptional lineup of presenters and call for an engaged SIOP audience to debate, create, learn from, and engage in dynamic and interactive sessions.

The Theme Track promises to provide a day of engaging, provocative, and inspiring sessions. They are designed to elicit discussion and novel ideas. These sessions will be scheduled back to back in the same room. We invite you to stay all day or attend only the sessions of most interest to you.

Special Events

This year we are excited to feature several special events throughout the confer­ence, planned by Special Sessions Chair Katina Sawyer and her committee. At SIOP 2019, we will seek to build interest and excitement around emerging themes that inspire innovative ideas with insights from top thought leaders in our field.

Friday Seminars

Friday Seminars offer a unique educational opportunity within the main part of the confer­ence. These 3-hour sessions are the only extended-length sessions on the schedule and take place on Friday. The sessions are intended to provide a rich immersion ex­perience for attendees on timely, cutting-edge content areas presented by true content experts. Each session is shaped around learning objectives in order to ensure that professional developmental goals are met. Please note that Fri­day Seminars require advance registration and an additional fee. This year’s Friday Seminars committee is led by Megan Thorton-Lugo.

Featured Posters

We will once again showcase the top-10 rated posters at an evening all-conference reception. Come view some of the best sub­missions to the conference while enjoying drinks in a relaxed atmosphere with the presenters. If you’ve never been to this event, make 2019 the year you check it out!

Communities of Interest

Interested in an “open space” SIOP format that is attendee driven, informal, and focused on a topic of particular interest to you?  The Communities of Interest allow you to meet new people, catch up with colleagues, learn about new advances, discuss ideas, have a provocative discussion, and play a part in driving breakthrough research and practice ideas on a hot topic at the forefront of I-O psychology. These sessions are designed to enhance existing communities and create new ones around common themes or interests. They have no chair, presenters, discussant, or even slides. Instead, they are discussions shaped on the basis of the audience and informally moderated by one or two facilitators with insights on a topic of interest. These are great sessions to attend if you would like to meet potential collaborators, generate ideas, have stimulating conversations, meet some new friends with common interests, or expand your network to include other like-minded SIOP members. Chair Dustin Jundt and the rest of the COI Commit­tee are lining up some great sessions and facilitators for this year’s conference.

Continuing Education Credits

The annual conference offers many oppor­tunities for attendees to earn continuing education credits, whether for psychology licensure, HR certifications, or other pur­poses. Information about the many ways to earn CE credit at the SIOP annual con­ference can be found at http:/www.siop.org/ce and will be continually updated as more information becomes available.

Closing Plenary and Reception

Your Conference Committee is in the process of finalizing our closing plenary speaker. We will follow the closing plenary with our closing reception. The conference committee invites you to join us on Saturday evening at a themed closing reception that will be filled with music, dance, and delicious food.

The Conference Hotel  

The Gaylord National, set on the banks of the beautiful Potomac River, offers an array of attractions and spacious accommodations for our conference. Located in Fort Washington, Maryland, the hotel is a short drive from Washington, DC and offers a range of dining and entertainment on site. Please see the SIOP Web page for details on booking your room and taking full advantage of all the SIOP conference has to offer.

There is much anticipation for SIOP 2019. We hope we’ve sparked your excitement the conference. We can’t wait to see you there!

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