Updates Regarding COVID-19

The Board of Directors decided to hold a virtual Annual Meeting for 2020.  The dates of the meeting are October 4-11. More information is available here.


Updated: May 27, 2020

SPR 2020 -- Vancouver Cancellation Announcement

Dear Members:

Recently, the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver contacted SPR about new re-opening guidelines issued by British Columbia (BC) in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. These reopening guidelines make it impossible for SPR to hold our Annual Meeting in British Columbia as they call for conventions proceeding only after identification of a successful vaccine, community immunity has been achieved, or broad successful treatments have been implemented. Prior to the issuing of these guidelines, SPR was committed to a contract with the hotel that would result in a high cancellation fee. Now that BC has issued these guidelines, SPR has been able to cancel the hotel contract without any financial liability.

The Board of Directors and Program Committee are looking at potential virtual options for scientific education. We are also looking at the possibility of postponing some of the content scheduled for 2020 to 2021. We do anticipate having a virtual poster session, so please submit your abstracts and encourage your trainees to present as well. The poster abstract submission deadline has been extended to June 5. We are considering how to handle other aspects of the meeting and will be back in touch with the membership once a plan is in place. Conference registration fees have not yet been determined but will be markedly reduced.

We are sad that we will not see you this fall. The SPR Annual Meeting is a tremendous networking opportunity for our profession. The science presented at the meeting continues to move us all forward. We are thankful to the members that took the time to submit a symposium or abstract for presentation at the 2020 meeting.

This time in our lives is unprecedented and changes are happening every day. We would be remiss in not considering the health implications to our membership by meeting in person during the fall when another COVID-19 outbreak is predicted.

Mark your calendars for the 2021 SPR Annual Meeting that will be held in Prague on October 13-17. 

We wish you good health,
SPR Board of Directors

Updated: April 7, 2020

Special COVID-19 Announcement from Monica Fabiani regarding the Society's journal, Psychophysiology

Like most communities around the world, the global research community is heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our thoughts go to those whose families are personally and directly affected. This message is intended to clarify what is happening at Psychophysiology and reassure you that we will do everything possible to maintain our typical journal operation. We will also be happy to work with you if you need to extend the timing for revisions or other tasks related to article publication. Please feel free to get in touch with us if such extensions are needed. Finally, we are also asking for your patience if delays in processing do occur, as our journal's staff, editors, and reviewers are also affected by the current situation. 

With best wishes for your health and safety, 
Professor Monica Fabiani, Editor-in-Chief, Psychophysiology


Updated: March 18, 2020

SPR Note from President Bruce Bartholow Regarding 2020 Annual Meeting Contingency Planning (March 17, 2020)
Dear SPR Colleagues,

The current COVID-19 pandemic is causing significant disruption in all aspects of our lives, and there is tremendous anxiety and uncertainty at present regarding what will happen in the coming weeks and months. I hope you are all finding creative ways to negotiate the situation and keep yourselves safe and healthy.

I am writing to let you know that, as of now, SPR is still planning to go ahead with our annual meeting this fall (Oct. 7-11 in Vancouver, BC). That said, the SPR Officers and Chair of the 2020 Program Committee will be meeting very soon to discuss the evolving situation and start planning for various contingencies in the event that the meeting cannot go ahead as planned. There are already plans in place to permit some symposium speakers to participate remotely if individual members are not able to travel to the conference. If the in-person meeting must be cancelled altogether, we will be looking into ways to conduct the meeting online. 

For now, I wish each of you and your families safety and health as we continue dealing with this unprecedented situation, and ask for your patience as SPR determines the proper course of action for this year’s annual meeting. I will, of course, provide updates on the situation as I have them.


Updated March 17, 2020

SPR Note From the Board of Directors Regarding Psychophysiological Research Amidst the COVID-19 Outbreak
Dear SPR Members,

During this time of uncertainty, stress, and daily transitions, we want to reach out to address what many of us might still be grappling with – whether to continue our research during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most, if not all, of us are in unique research situations that require us to conduct in-person visits that involve close contact.

Of course, SPR respects every researcher’s individual circumstance and decisions. SPR is not issuing any mandates regarding research practices of its membership. However, given the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we strongly encourage SPR members to minimize or halt non-essential research. This will obviously be more difficult for essential research and research directly addressing COVID-19. In general, SPR urges its members to follow social distancing recommendations issued by the CDC and WHO, your local institutions, and other governing bodies in your area.

Our thoughts are with you and we wish you well during these difficult times affecting us all around the world.

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