Registration for the 2021 SAS Conference is now closed.

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  • Abstract submission deadline (December 17 2020, 11:59pm Baker Island Time [UTC-12 last timezone on earth])
  • 2021 SAS registration fee support program: 15th February 2021 5:00pm PST
  • Early bird registration: 13th March 2021 11:59pm UTC -12
  • Pre-recorded talk submission: 1st April 2021 11:59 pm UTC -12
  • Speed Networking registration:1st April 2021 11:59pm UTC -12
  • Gather.Town space open for practice: 9th April 2021 (note the new date)
  • Registration CLOSES: 12th April 2021 11:59pm UTC -12
  • Conference, including pre-conferences, held in an all-virtual format April 13-16 2021
  • Gather.Town will be open until April 22 2021

2021 SAS Annual Conference Registration Fees

Early bird (deadline: March 13, 2021 11:59pm Baker Island Time [UTC-12])March 14, 2021 and later

Conference registration fees grant full access to the all-virtual SAS 2021 Conference Program, including pre-conferences, live and pre-recorded sessions, and real-time professional development and networking opportunities.

In recognition of widespread and untold hardships of 2020-21, registration for the SAS2021 Conference includes FREE SAS Membership for one year. Member benefits include:

  • Automatic Table of Contents Alerts from Springer for new issues of the SAS Journal, Affective Science
  • Eligibility for new SAS Annual Awards (Dissertation, Early-Career & Mid-Career)
  • Eligibility to nominate and vote for SAS Leadership
  • Full access to planned virtual programming between annual meetings – details to follow!

Commitment to transparency in conference pricing. SAS is fully committed to transparency in conference pricing. SAS is committed to keeping our conferences as affordable as possible, especially for trainees, while providing quality opportunities for attendees to showcase their work, interact with others, and build their network. To deliver on our promise to the SAS community, our high-quality virtual conference platform and 24h international program carries costs both similar and different to those of in-person conferences: (1) the employment of a year-round administrative team that enables SAS to plan and conduct an annual conference, which upholds the value of paid labor, and reduces the need to rely on volunteerism of faculty and trainees, (2) expenses directly related to the conference, including purchasing specialized software and additional staffing for international 24h content, and (3) recent losses triggered by COVID-19 including a conference cancellation settlement that we are responsible for as a community. This year, SAS registration and society membership are bundled together, therefore conference registration is our primary source of revenue. SAS aims to offset the above listed expenses through conference registration fees. To further bring down costs, SAS is also fortunate to benefit from the generous contributions of several sponsors and volunteer groups. To continue our mission of supporting the growing fields of affective science now and in the future, SAS is striving to maintain both conference accessibility (including by offering funding opportunities for economic hardship) and the fiscal health of the society.

2021 SAS Registration Fee Support Program

SAS is committed to supporting affective scientists across the world and promoting diverse representation in our society and disciplineIn recognizing the barriers faced by individuals from underrepresented backgrounds and those facing economic hardship, SAS invites applications for a limited number of awards for waived or reduced 2021 conference registration feesThese awards aim to reducinequities based on factors including but not limited to ethnicity, immigration status, gender identity and sexual orientation, religion, nationality, and current economic distressWe thank the generous contributions of our society members whose annual membership fees help to support these waivers! 

Eligibility: To be eligible for an awardapplicants must be full-time trainees or faculty; must be presenting an accepted abstract at the 2021 meeting; and must NOT have access to financial support for conference registration from other sources such as grants, departmental funding, or lab funds (a letter confirming this from trainee award recipients’ faculty mentors will be required prior to notice of award).  

  • How to ApplyApplications should be submitted by email to our SAS Diversity Committee Chair Michelle “Lani” Shiota ( by 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time, February 15th, 2021 (please note the new date).  Please use “SAS Diversity Award Application” as the email title. The application consists of a one-page maximum, single-spaced Word document in 12-point font containing the following: 
  • Your full nameacademic status (undergraduate, post-baccalaureateor graduate student, postdoctoral researcher, or faculty), and academic affiliation (department, university, and faculty mentor if trainee) 
  • The title of your accepted abstract for 2021 SAS
  • A statement that you have no access to funding through your lab, department, grant, or other source to pay for conference registration 
  • A narrative briefly stating your research interests, articulating ways in which you enhance the diversity of SAS and the field of affective science, and communicating any details regarding current economic hardship you would likthe review committee to consider.  

For any questions relating to the 2021 SAS Registration Fee Support Program, please contact our SAS Diversity Committee Chair Michelle “Lani” Shiota (