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We’re Saying “Aloha” to SIOP 2014!



Registration Opens for 29th Annual Conference in Honolulu, Early Registration Deadline February 19

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the premier event in industrial-organizational psychology, the 29th Annual SIOP Conference. For the first time, the conference will be held in scenic Honolulu, Hawaii!
The event will take place May 15-17, 2014 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. Our headquarters hotel is the beautiful Hilton Hawaiian Village—and you can stay there at prices that are comparable to past conferences. We are excited to announce we have secured select rates that are actually lower than last year’s conference in Houston for a resort-quality hotel room! In addition, don’t miss the early conference registration rates, available through February 19, 2014.

Whether this is your first conference or your 29th, you won’t want to miss this special gathering of your fellow I-O psychologists. With approximately 3,000 attendees, this is the largest conference of researchers and practitioners in I-O psychology in the world. Attending SIOP is much more cost effective and time efficient than participating in multiple seminars or webinars because you get all of the information you need in one place at one time for an incredibly reasonable price that is comparable to past conferences. It’s a great opportunity to build your career and glean information to address strategic issues in your organization.

The annual conference, the highlight of the year for SIOP, offers an expansive program that includes hundreds of presentations, posters, roundtables, and symposiums; informative workshops and Friday seminars; several elegant receptions and consortia; and a chance for SIOP members to see old friends and meet new ones while discussing the newest research and news in their field.

Conference Chair Robin Cohen and others have worked hard to put together a wonderful conference. Please read Robin’s and Program Chair Evan Sinar’s conference overview on page 184 in the recent issue of TIP here, or continue reading this article for a summary of the chair’s welcome message and important conference information. You can also get a quick view of conference activities in our convenient conference information homepage located here as well as in the conference program (coming in December!). For the quickest access to your favorite sessions, you will want to use the searchable online program and personal scheduler (available in the coming months)!

To register, click here. Early conference registration
rates are available through February 19, 2014.

You will need a credit card and your SIOP username and password to register.  If you don't remember your username and password, just go to the site and have them sent to you via e-mail.  Be sure the Administrative Office has your current e-mail address or you won't get the e-mail (contact us at siop@siop.org). The SIOP registration site is a secure site.

Once you have registered, be sure to tell everyone about it by using one of our custom Hawaii web tags. Then, read on for more important information about how to make the most out of your conference experience.

Book Your Room!

After you have registered for the conference, make sure you reserve a place to stay. This year’s conference hotel boasts a spectacular location and lavish amenities. The Hilton Hawaiian Village is located on Waikiki’s widest stretch of white sand beach and is conveniently located only 3 miles from downtown Honolulu and many popular Oahu attractions. There are 22 acres of oceanfront paradise with plenty to see and do. During your stay you can swim in one of the five pools, snorkel, kayak, surf, paddle board, take a submarine tour, and shop until you drop at one of the 90 nearby stores. There are over 18 restaurants and lounges, and there is a world class spa where you can relax and unwind. Discover the advantages of this spectacular resort and enjoy staying at the official conference hotel that gives you convenient access to all of the conference events so you don’t miss a thing! To ensure you receive the special rate, be sure to book at the SIOP online reservation site.

Room Sharing

If you are looking to share a room at SIOP 2014, first login to my.SIOP.org and then come back here and click on the following linkSIOP 29th Annual Conference forum. There you can post your messages about SIOP and discuss your plans with fellow members!

Get There Early

There are several reasons to get to the conference early. SIOP has a number of interactive, informative preconference activities to join, including the preconference workshops, which take place Wednesday, May 14. The Workshop Committee, headed by Erica Desrosiers, has prepared 10 outstanding workshops for the 2014 conference.

These professional development opportunities include a diverse selection of innovative topics designed to meet the many different needs of SIOP members and two half-day workshops will earn you 7 CE credits!* Register early make sure you are able to attend your first-choice workshops!

Early birds to the conference will also have a chance to participate in several consortia: the 8th Annual Master’s Consortium, 29th Annual Lee Hakel Doctoral Consortium, and the 9th Annual Junior Faculty Consortium. For more information, visit the consortium section on the Conference Registration Information page to learn more.

A Top-Notch Program

The conference will officially kick off with the all-conference opening plenary session on Thursday morning, May 15. After a brief welcome message from Conference Chair Robin Cohen, the announcement of award winners and the new Fellows, SIOP’s President-Elect Jose Cortina will introduce our SIOP President Tammy Allen. Tammy’s presidential address is sure to inspire us as we kick-off our 29th conference.
Of course the highlight of the SIOP conference is its program. Presentations will use a variety of engaging formats including symposia/forums, roundtable/conversation hours, panel discussions, posters, debates, master tutorials, and, new this year, an alternative session type format for IGNITE and other innovative presentation styles. In addition, we will have addresses from our SIOP award winners, key committee reports, and many invited sessions that we guarantee you won’t want to miss, as they’ve been crafted specifically for this year’s conference to delve into the progressive and emerging topic areas about which you’ve told us you want to hear more. In addition to the vast number of peer-reviewed sessions, Program Chair Evan Sinar and his many subcommittees have put together an amazing array of special sessions. A few of the key highlights include:

Networking and Job Search
Ample networking opportunities are also available at the conference. Coffee breaks and receptions offer time to connect with new friends and colleagues or reconnect with old ones. In addition, the Placement Center will also be available as a one-of-a kind resource to connect I-O psychologists seeking employment opportunities with hiring employers. Employers can meet with jobseekers in our center or use the center to arrange an off-site interview. The center is equipped with IT resources and is specifically reserved for placement center registrants. Anne Hansen will be managing this year’s placement activities, with registration and preconference matching opening prior to the conference and on-site services provided from May 14-17.

Volunteering, Activities and Tourism

This year,. To take advantage of the majestic scenery and history of Honolulu, SIOP has put together three postconference tours to take place Sunday, May 18, that offer an educational and exciting look at various aspects of the area:

  • Stars and Stripes - USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Excursion
  • Explore Oahu’s Famous North Shore Adventure
  • Diamond Head Crater Adventure

If you can’t make the tours, there is still plenty to do in the Honolulu area before, during, and after the conference. Take advantage of the special rate SIOP has secured at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. SIOP has reserved a block of rooms at the Sheraton Maui for those interested in a pre- or postconference visit to to the island. We have a special rate of $230 per night. This rate is available through March 22.

Join race director Paul Sackett early on Friday, May 16, for the Frank Landy 5K Run. The course will be through beautiful Kapiolani Park. Participants will meet in the lobby of the hotel at 5:45am and will travel as a group to the park for a 6:30am start. The race fee is $30, which includes a t-shirt. You can register online as you register for the conference. You can also register at the conference, but it would help greatly with race planning (and t-shirt ordering) if you registered in advance.

Wrapping Up

After the closing plenary on Saturday, SIOP is pleased to present closing keynote speaker Geoffrey Colon, Group Marketing Manager at Microsoft. Following the closing address, President Allen will hand over the official SIOP gavel to our incoming president, Jose Cortina, who will then give us an overview of his goals and vision for his presidency. The closing reception following the closing address will be an event that you will not want to miss. All are welcome and encouraged to join us in sending this conference out on a high note with Hawaii-themed food and entertainment. (Read more about all of the SIOP receptions here.) You don’t want to miss this!

If you have questions about the conference or registration, please call the Administrative Office at (419) 353-0032. Also, check back to the SIOP website, social media, and the Exchange blog for more updates and stories relating to the conference.

We hope to see you in Honolulu!

*SIOP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.