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Get Ready for SIOP 2020 in Austin! The Road to the Program and Featured Sessions You Won’t Want to Miss

Elizabeth McCune, SIOP 2020 Program Chair, Microsoft

After a nearly record number of submissions and a thorough peer review process, the SIOP 2020 Program Committee is proud to announce that the conference program is complete! A few of the key program statistics for this year are represented in the infographic (see Figure 1). The quality bar for SIOP submissions is always high, and this year was no exception. The acceptance rate across all submissions was 63%, which is comparable to prior years. This year, however, the overall cut score for submissions was slightly higher than in prior years, indicating that the quality of submissions appears to be improving. 

In addition to the 954 sessions accepted via the peer review process, the SIOP 2020 program will offer several featured sessions.

SIOP Select Sessions

  • Presidential Theme Track (Thursday, April 23): Five sessions covering the who, what, where, why and how of diversity
  • Special Events (throughout the conference): These curated sessions feature a story-telling competition, a machine-learning competition, and a scientist–practitioner collaboration showcase. Two additional sessions will feature top experts in psychological safety and best practices for communicating research via media platforms.
  • Award Winners: Be sure to plan to attend one of the award-winner sessions in 2020. This year we will feature many of our award winners in a “mash-up” format that allows the audience to learn about a range of notable career achievements in both science and practice through several short, impactful presentations.
  • Friday Seminars:
    • Python Programming for I-O Psychology: How to Start and How to Grow
    • ML Powered Talent Assessments: Vision Practicalities and Techniques
    • Conducting Pay Equity Analyses: The Essentials
    • Social Network Analysis of Teams and Organizations
    • Interactive Data Visualization Apps With Shiny
    • Managing and Engaging External Workers for Maximum Potential
  • Communities of Interest
  • Twelve communities of interest will be offered at the 2020 conference and will take place on Friday and Saturday. A few sample topics include emerging privacy laws, neurodiversity, I-Os in healthcare, text analytics, dual career issues, and international affairs.

We could not be more excited heading into SIOP 2020! In addition to a robust program, we hope you are looking forward to our first conference in Austin, TX. With over 250 music venues, a vibrant art scene, stunning scenery and beautiful spring weather, you are going to love the opportunity to visit Austin. See you at SIOP!


























Figure 1. The road to the SIOP 2020 Program.

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