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2009 Annual Meeting

8-10 April
Monterey, California

SSA’s 2009 Annual Meeting will provide a stimulating exchange of research on a wide range of topics with like-minded professionals from all over the world. Oral presentations, poster sessions, exhibits, field trips, business meetings and social gatherings all provide members the opportunity to meet and share with their peers.


Important Dates

Call for Special Sessions 1 October 2008
Travel Grant Deadline 30 November 2008
Abstract Submission Deadline 11 January 2009
Program w/ Abstracts Online 19 February 2009
Meeting Pre-registration Deadline 6 March 2009
Hotel Reservation Cut-Off 22 March 2009
Online Registration Cut-Off 27 March 2009



The program includes 287 oral presentations, 200 posters, and the Joyner Lecture over a 3-day schedule. Downloadable PDF files of the program overview and schedule and a searchable online database of abstracts are available on the Program page. A Media Advisory – Tip Sheet for the meeting is available on the Press page.


Field Trips

Two field trips will be offered on Saturday, April 11, following the conference.



Online registration has now closed.  We do accept walk-in registrations starting at 3:00 pm Tuesday, April 7 in the DeAnza Foyer of the Portola Hotel.  

Cancellation Policy: 

100% refund if cancellation is received 14 or more days prior to the first day of the conference.  80% refund for cancellations received before the start of the conference, but less than 14 days prior.  Cancellations received on or after the first day of the conference will not generally be eligible for refund.   To cancel a reservation, contact


Hotel, Housing & Travel

The 2009 annual meeting will be held at the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, California. Go to this page for information on room rates, shared student housing, travel to the hotel, and obtaining visas.


Preliminary Schedule

Tuesday - 7 April

Board of Directors Meeting (9:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Registration (3:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Icebreaker (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Wednesday, 8 April

Technical Sessions (8:30 am - 5:45 pm)

SSA Annual Luncheon (12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Student Reception (5:45 pm - 7:30 pm)

Thursday, 9 April

Technical Sessions (8:30 am - 5:00 pm)

Lunch (12:00 pm - 1:15 pm)

Joyner Lecture (5:15 pm - 6:15 pm)

Joyner Reception (6:15 pm - 7:30 pm)

Friday, 10 April

Technical Sessions (8:30 am - 5:00 pm)

Lunch (12:00 pm - 1:15 pm)

Saturday, 11 April

Field Trips

This schedule is subject to change.

More meeting information will be posted here as it becomes available. Check back soon!

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Last Modified: 2009 May 15