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BEING TOGETHER IN NOVEMBER!

SSSS is excited to be planning an in-person conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico! We look forward to you joining us and being together again . . . to form new friendships, network with colleagues, reminisce with long-time friends, and so much more! 

Although we are planning an in-person conference, we also realize COVID-19 will restrict some from traveling to San Juan, so we are happy to announce we are offering a virtual option, too!

SSSS will currently be following the Discover Puerto Rico and Royal Sonesta San Juan guidelines. We strongly recommend the COVID-19 vaccination prior to travel. As we get closer to the conference, an email will be sent to all registrants with up-to-date information from Puerto Rico and the host hotel.


QUESTIONS?

Contact SSSS at thesociety@sexscience.org or 610-443-3100 (Regular EST Business Hours)

SSSS conference emails will be sent from mailer@mail2.clubexpress.com.
Please save this email address to your email address “safe” list.

Laura Widman, PhD
(she/her)

Dr. Laura Widman is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, an Associate Professor of Psychology, and the Area Coordinator for the Applied Social and Community Psychology PhD program at North Carolina State University. She completed her PhD from the University of Tennessee and a postdoctoral fellowship in HIV/STD prevention at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Widman’s research is focused on adolescent sexual communication and the use of technology-based interventions to improve sexual health among vulnerable populations. She also has an affinity for meta-analyses and has published several highly cited meta-analyses to review the literature on adolescent sexual communication and sexual health interventions for youth and parents. Dr. Widman serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sex Research and the Archives of Sexual Behavior. She is also a co-author on the undergraduate human sexuality textbook, Our Sexuality

Eric Schrimshaw, PhD
(he/him)

Dr. Eric W. Schrimshaw is Professor and Chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine which he joined in July 2019. Before joining UCF, he spent 22 years at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health’s Department of Sociomedical Sciences. With a PhD in social/personality psychology, Dr. Schrimshaw’s research is focused on LGBT health disparities and HIV prevention and treatment. His past research includes studies of lesbian, gay, and bisexual adolescents, HIV-positive women and older adults, behaviorally-bisexual men, use of pornography by gay and bisexual men, and use of hook-up apps by gay and bisexual men. Dr. Schrimshaw’s research makes extensive use of longitudinal designs and a mixed-methods approach that features both online surveys as well as in-depth qualitative interviewing to understand health behaviors. His research makes frequent use of social media marketing campaigns for participant recruitment, data collection, and retention. He currently serves as PI on three current NIH R01 studies funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities including studies of sexual scripts among gay and bisexual youth (with Dr. Ellen Benoit), male sex workers who meet partners on hook-up apps (with Dr. Karolynn Siegel), and protective factors for suicide among young lesbian and bisexual women (with Dr. Lindsay Taliaferro). 

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Poster Abstract Submissions (Currently Open!)
Poster Abstract Submissions (Currently Open!)

Current SSSS members are invited to submit a new abstract to showcase late-breaking work or get feedback on an ongoing project.

(Limited to one abstract as lead presenter/author.)


Join SSSS Today!


The abstract portal for member posters will be open from June 14, 2021 to August 16, 2021.  

Decision Notifications – Tuesday, August 17 (sent via email)

Presenter Registration Deadline – Monday, August 23 

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Abstract Updates & Decision Notifications
Abstract Updates & Decision Notifications

Abstract Submission Updates

Since the abstract portal is now closed, the information you submitted to present (title, authors/co-authors, abstract, etc.) is how it will be listed in the Conference Program Booklet and Event Platform/Mobile App. Changes to your presentation can be announced during your presentation (verbal, slides, poster). 



Abstract Decision Notifications

Abstract decision email notifications were sent to the lead author on June 14th. The lead author is responsible for forwarding the notification to the co-authors.


If you DID NOT receive your email notification on June 14th, please check your spam/junk folders.

If you cannot locate your email notification after looking in your spam/junk folder, please contact SSSS.


Abstract Decision Notifications - Member Poster Submissions

Member Poster Decision Notifications will be sent on August 17th, 2021.



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Sponsorships
Sponsorships


Interested in becoming a #SSSS2021 Sponsor?

Visit: 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities



Sponsorship Information:


Exhibitor Hours:

Thursday, November 18th: (Setup at 11am) 12pm - 7pm

Friday, November 19th: 8am - 6pm

Saturday, November 20th: 8am - 6:15pm

Sunday, November 21st: 8:30am - 10:30am


Exhibitor Tables:

All banners/signs must be standalone.

Table size: TBD


More details will be posted as they become available!

See the FAQs section below for more details about the conference.

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Discounted Registration Rates for SSSS Members!
Discounted Registration Rates for SSSS Members!

If you are not a SSSS member, join today and your membership will continue through December 31, 2021 - - member benefits include lower conference rates!


Member benefits also include:

  • Access to SSSS journal, the Journal of Sex Research (online access starts with Vol.1, Issue 1 in 1965 to current Issue)
  • Members can contribute to the SSSS Sexual Science News page (publications, promotions, projects, awards, events, and more)
  • Opportunities to Receive Grants and Nominate/Receive Awards
  • Special Interest Groups (SIGs) – An opportunity to network and connect with other members who share your same areas of interest!
  • Mentorship Program – Opportunities to build your professional network and chat with professionals in the field of sex science!
  • Membership Directory – Share your information to network with other members!
  • Sex Expert Directory – Share your information with the public for networking, press, media, and marketing!
  • And More!



Join/Renew Today!



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Registration
Registration

Interested in member conference rates?

You must complete the Membership Process and payment BEFORE beginning the registration process.


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Presenter Registration Deadline: August 23, 2021. 

The Conference Planning Committee will need to finalize the 2021 Conference Program, so we need to have all presenter registrations completed by August 23, 2021. If SSSS does not receive your registration by August 23, 2021, we will assume you will not be attending the conference, and will remove your presentation from the 2021 Annual Conference Program. 


General (non-presenters) Registration Deadline: November 12, 2021. 


Special Instructions for Non-Member Student Registrants:

If you have registered as a STUDENT (in-person or virtual), you must complete the Student Status Form within one week of registering.


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In-Person Registration:

On or Before October 15th

$555 SSSS Members

$395 SSSS Members (Student)*


$815 Non-Members

$545 Non-Members (Student)*

Please note: You save money by purchasing a SSSS membership & registering as a member!



After October 15th

$600 SSSS Members

$440 SSSS Members (Student)*


$860 Non-Members

$590 Non-Members (Student)*

Please note: You save money by purchasing a SSSS membership & registering as a member!


$29 SSSS Member Continuing Education Credits

$49 Non-Member Continuing Education Credits





Since you will be asked to accept the SSSS Code of Conduct during the registration process, please read the Statement of Values & Expectations (starting on page 3), PRIOR to registering for the conference.





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Non-Presenters Only: One Day Registration

On or Before October 15th

$275 SSSS Members & Non-Members


After October 15th

$325 SSSS Members & Non-Members


For Non-Presenters Only! To register for ONLY one day of the conference, click below:

Since you will be asked to accept the SSSS Code of Conduct during the registration process, please read the Statement of Values & Expectations (starting on page 3), PRIOR to registering for the conference.


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Virtual Registration:

$50 SSSS Members

$35 SSSS Members (Student)*

$70 Non-Members

$45 Non-Members (Student)*

$59 Continuing Education Credits (Members or Non-Members)


See FAQs to see what is included in the Virtual Registration.




Since you will be asked to accept the SSSS Code of Conduct during the registration process, please read the Statement of Values & Expectations (starting on page 3), PRIOR to registering for the conference.



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Agenda
Agenda



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Continuing Education
Continuing Education


There is an additional fee for Continuing Education credit hours. Be sure to select the Continuing Education option during the initial conference registration.



If you did not register for CE credit hours during registration, please email TheSociety@SexScience.org



Continuing Education Information will be posted as it becomes available.


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Hotel Information
Hotel Information

Support SSSS by staying at the host hotel! The host hotel offers a discounted group rate to conference registrants. If you are thinking of looking at other options, please know that SSSS is contracted with the hotel for a specific number of rooms. SSSS is penalized if the hotel room contract is not met. 


We are asking all conference attendees to support SSSS, and one small way to do this is to book your stay at the host hotel! 


Make your reservation below!



Royal Sonesta San Juan

5961 Isla Verde Avenue

Carolina, PR 00979

United States of America

+1 787-791-6100


Room Rate*

(single or double occupancy):

Laguna Room:      $189.00**

 

*Limited availability at this rate. Rooms are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

**Taxes and Fees not included.


If you would like to upgrade your room or add additional nights, contact the hotel directly with your reservation confirmation number to discuss your options.


See the hotel section of the FAQs below for more information.


Are you looking to share a room? Visit the Room Share Forum.

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Royal Sonesta San Juan

 

 

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Ambassador Program
Ambassador Program



The 2021 Ambassador Program application will be available in mid-July - - visit often for up-to-date information. 


Ambassador Program

(Available to SSSS Student & Developing Professional Members Only)


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Presentation Guidelines
Presentation Guidelines



The guidelines for all presentations (CE, Symposium, Poster, Oral and Brief Communication) will be listed here in mid-September.


Poster size will be announced as soon as the information is confirmed.


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Plenary Speakers
Plenary Speakers



We are excited to announce the 2021 Plenary Speakers!

Click Here



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Award & Grant Recipients
Award & Grant Recipients

For more information on the Award & Grant Recipients:

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Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award

Margaret Rosario, PhD

PLENARY SPEAKER | DATE & TIME TBD


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Social Justice / Public Policy Award

Victoria Minerva Rodríguez-Roldán, JD

PLENARY SPEAKER | DATE & TIME TBD


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Fellow of The Society

Robin Milhausen, PhD

NEW FELLOWS PRESENTATION | DATE & TIME TBD


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Outstanding Theoretical Paper Award

Sexuality Through the Lens of Secure Base Dynamics: Individual Differences in Sexploration

Dylan Selterman, PhD; Amanda N. Gesselman, PhD; Amy C. Moors, PhD

PRESENTATION | DATE & TIME TBD


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Distinguished Service to SSSS Award

Janet Shibley Hyde, PhD


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Hugo G. Beigel Award

(Announced in August)


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Lester A. Kirkendall Outstanding Mentor Award

Amy Moors, PhD


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Student Paper Award

(Announced in August)


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Graduate Student Research Grant - 2021

Shelby Astle

Black Parents’ Intentions of Talking with Children about Sexuality: A Black Feminist Qualitative Analysis

 

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Undergraduate Student Research Grant - 2021

Frida de Luna

The birds and the bees: How maternal attachment style and socioeconomic differences can influence effective mother-daughter sexual education amongst Hispanic/Latinx adolescents


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Travel Grant for Early-Career Professionals from Marginalized Communities

Rica Vina Cruz, PhD


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Travel Grant for Early-Career Professionals from Marginalized Communities

Natalie LeBlanc, PhD


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Special Sessions
Special Sessions


Find out more about the Special Sessions:


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FAQs


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When & Where
When & Where

The SSSS 2021 Annual Conference will be held at the Royal Sonesta San Juan in San Juan, Puerto Rico (5961 Av. Isla Verde, Carolina, 00979, Puerto Rico) from November 18th to November 21st.


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Registration
Registration

Am I eligible for the member rate?

Anyone with a current 2021 SSSS membership will receive the member registration rate. When you become a member for the discounted rate, it is a two step process, so be sure to process both to receive the member rate option during registration. If you have any questions about your membership, contact the SSSS office at TheSociety@SexScience.org

 

What does in-person registration include?

All sessions;
If selected during your registration process: Thursday welcome reception; Friday breakfast; Saturday breakfast, awards luncheon and local special event; and Sunday breakfast.
For student registrants: if selected during the registration process, a Friday student event is also included.

What does virtual registration include?

Live plenary sessions; Live access to limited symposia and CE workshops (to be determined soon); Access to view the pre-recorded poster presentations; All presentation abstracts

 

Do co-authors have to register?

Anyone attending/presenting at the conference must register.

 

How do I let you know if I am interested in earning CEs or attending the breakfasts/lunches/receptions?

You can select these during the registration process to have access to attend.


I already registered, but I have decided I want the CE credits. How do I add CE after I have registered?

You can contact SSSS at TheSociety@SexScience.org to add CE if you have already submitted your registration. 

I only want to attend one day of the conference, is that possible?

One day registration is available for $275 through October 15th and $325 after October 15th.

I'm receiving an award, so my partner wants to attend the Awards Luncheon. Can we pay for only that event?
Guest tickets will be available for purchase for the Welcome Reception, Awards Luncheon, and/or the Local Saturday Evening Event. Please check back soon!

If I am a presenter, do I have to register? Is there a special rate?

Yes, all presenters must register by the presenter deadline of August 23rd. We do not offer presenter rates, but we do offer member rates and lower rates if registered before October 15th.

 

What is the cancellation policy for the conference?

All 2021 SSSS Annual Conference cancellation requests must be sent to SSSS by email at thesociety@sexscience.org. If the email is received by September 30, 2021, your full registration will be refunded. If the email is received between October 1-31, 2021, your registration will be refunded minus a $100.00 (USD) administrative fee. There will be no refunds as of November 1, 2021. All refunds will be sent via check. Email should include: name, mailing address, phone number, reason for cancellation, and a statement from you to remove your presentation from the Annual Conference Program (include presentation title and co-authors if applicable). Refund options will be offered if SSSS has to cancel or relocate the 2021 Annual Conference.  


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Sessions & Workshops
Sessions & Workshops
Can I see what sessions will be offered before I arrive?
The preliminary program will be available on the SSSS website in October, and you will receive access to the web/mobile app in early November.

How do I get the AV equipment I will need?
Each presenter will be provided a projector, laptop and screen. Contact the SSSS office prior to the conference with any additional AV needs so we can forward your email to the AV company. Presenters are responsible for the cost of any additional AV needs.

I am presenting a virtual poster. What are the instructions to complete this?
The virtual poster instructions will be sent by October 1st.

I am presenting a poster in San Juan. What is the size for the posters?
See "Presentation Guidelines" for more information.

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Continuing Education
Continuing Education
Can I attend the CE sessions if I didn't register for CE?
T
he CE workshops are open to all conference registrants, but CE registrants will have priority if the maximum room capacity is reached. Also, if you didn't register and pay for CE, you will not receive the certificate of completion or credits for attending.

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Travel, Transportation & Visas
Travel, Transportation & Visas
I am an international participant and need a letter of invitation before I can receive my visa. What is the process?
Send the information you need to the SSSS office at TheSociety@SexScience.org. Please allow 5 business days for the letter to be produced.

What are the travel guidelines for Puerto Rico?
Visit Discover Puerto Rico for the latest information on domestic and international travel guidelines.  Updates are made every few weeks so check back often!

When should I book my flight?
We recommend booking your flight as soon as possible. We highly recommend purchasing flight insurance. If the conference moves to virtual or relocates because of forces outside of our control, SSSS is not responsible for flight cancellation fees.

How can I get from the airport to the hotel?

From the San Juan airport to the Royal Sonesta by taxi is approximately $14 and available 24/7.  

What is the local transportation?
Visit Discover Puerto Rico for your transportation options. 


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Host Hotel
Host Hotel
What is the conference hotel?
Royal Sonesta San Juan
5961 Isla Verde Avenue
Carolina, PR 00979
United States of America
Hotel Website


What are the room rates for the conference hotel?
See the "Hotel Information" section above for rates.

The rates are listed for single and double occupancy - how much for a third adult in our room?
The charge for a third adult in a room is $47.00 per room per night plus applicable taxes. There is no charge for children under 18 years occupying the same room with their parents.

I am a student looking to share a room with another student attendee to help with the travel costs. How can I connect with someone?
You can post a thread on the Room Share Forum. Please note that SSSS is not responsible for any information shared on the site or any room situations. 

How long can I get the conference rate?
The rooms available at the conference rates are limited. They are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

What dates are covered on the conference rate?
The conference rate is offered from 3 days prior and 3 days after the meeting dates on a first-come, first-served basis. See "Hotel Information" above for details.


How can I reserve a room?
Click the link under the "Hotel Information" on this page, or call 787-791-6100 and state you are with the group "The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality-SSSS" to receive the group rate.

What is the required deposit?
The first night's deposit is required to guarantee the room at reservation.

What are the amenities that come with my room reservation?
Complimentary wireless service throughout the hotel; access and use of the fitness center 24-hours a day; use of chaise lounges at the pool and beach; towel service at the pool and beach; coffee and tea service in the room replenished daily.


When can I check into the conference hotel?

Check-in is available at 3:00 PM and check-out is scheduled for 12:00 PM.

Is WIFI available?
Wireless internet service is complimentary throughout the hotel.

What is the parking rate at the hotel?
The parking rate for guests on the meeting dates is $10 inclusive of tax per day.  For overnight guests, the rate is $20 inclusive of tax per day.


More Hotel Information:
  • Guest must be 21 years or over to check-in.
  • Credit Cards: American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, Diners Club and JCB accepted.
  • Currency: US Dollar
  • Electricity: 120 volts

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Volunteering
Volunteering
Can I volunteer during the conference?
The Ambassador Program application will be available in mid-July to Student Members and Developing Professional Members of SSSS.

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Sponsorships
Sponsorships
How can my organization become a conference sponsor?
Visit the 2021 Sponsorship page.

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Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous
Can I get a certificate of attendance?
All attendees will have a certificate in your bag at registration. The Certificate of Attendance does not imply evaluation of learning.

Is there a dress code?
We suggest business casual attire as appropriate for the event. We recommend you dress as you feel comfortable and remember a jacket or sweater for the air-conditioned rooms.

What services are available for special needs and requests?
SSSS is committed to those individuals who require special services, per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you require assistance, there is a section during the registration process to inform us of the details. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the SSSS Office at thesociety@sexscience.org.

Barrier-free ADA-compliant rooms are available upon request and feature adjusted counter height, grab bars, 30" doorways and more. Accessible common areas include the public entrance, registration desk, business center, restaurant, boardroom, and fitness center. The hotel also provides accessible self-parking for car or van, communication kits with visual alarms and notification devices, and Closed-Captioned televisions.


Can the media/press attend sessions?

Members of the media/press can only attend sessions with the permission of the SSSS Director of Operations and the presenter(s). A media/press kit can be picked up at the registration desk.



Don't see your question? 

Email TheSociety@SexScience.org and let us know!

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