Self-Determination Conference 2013

5th International SDT Conference
to be held in
Rochester, NY, USA

JUNE 27-30, 2013
(Pre-conference training starts June 26th)

Soon we will be releasing detailed information on hotel reservations, conference fees, and transportation to and from Rochester. Watch your email, the SDT website, and our Facebook page for updates and more information.

We are now pleased to announce the CALL FOR TALKS AND POSTERS. To submit a talk or poster abstract (150 words or less), please visit:

Rochester will provide an excellent venue for the SDT International Conference. It is warm and lush this time of year. This will also be the week of Rochester’s International Jazz Festival, so the town will be filled with internationally known musicians playing concerts in the city. So save the dates: June 26/27-30, 2013.

Because we need to make commitments for venue space and hotels, we would very much appreciate you filling out this 1-minute poll (even if you are not planning on attending please complete):

We look forward to seeing you in Rochester!

2007 Conference

Overview | Conference Program | Participant List & Emails

The Third International Self-Determination Theory conference was held from May 24-27th, 2007 at the University of Toronto’s Hart House. Over 300 people from 23 countries attended the conference (see conference participants), where 71 papers were presented, and two poster sessions were held that included over 140 posters (see conference program for presenters and posters). The presentations included an overview of the theory by SDT founders, Edward Deci and Richard Ryan, as well as keynote addresses by several invited senior keynote speakers. The research was presented in papers and posters that covered diverse areas, including motivation in development, education, work, relationships, sports, health, medicine, psychotherapy, and cross-cultural applications.


In SDT, students are viewed as essential to the growth and development of the theory. Besides presenting work, the conference was a unique opportunity for students to interact with established researchers and develop their skills in an optimally supportive environment. To further enhance this opportunity, workshops were held in which students were able to connect with junior and senior researchers in their area of interest, dialogue about current research, and develop research collaborations.



Conference organized by:

University of Waterloo & University of Rochester