#SDT2019 Conference Website LIVE

June 27, 2018 by Shannon

Mark your calendars: May 21-24 2019 #SDT2019. This only happens every 3 years. And this time we’ll be meeting near Amsterdam on the North Sea coast of Holland

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Australia, this April 2016, SDT Co-Founder Richard Ryan will speak at The Institute for Positive Psychology & Education Conference: Converting Science into Practice

March 15, 2016 by Steph Green

SDT Co-founder Richard Ryan will be speaking in Australia at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education Conference 2016: Converting Science into Practice. If you are interested in learning how to apply Positive Psychology principles to promote optimal performance and well-being, don’t miss this insightful upcoming event. On Saturday the 30th April, 2016 at Australian Catholic...

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CONFERENCE UPDATES: Early-Bird Registration Ends Feb 28th!!!!!

February 16, 2016 by Shannon

Don’t miss out!   Early-bird Registration rates expire on February 28th! REGISTRATION RATES (Early Bird) Student: $285 CAD (approx. $215 USD) Faculty/Professional: $505 CAD  (approx. $379 USD) ______________________________________________________ BUSINESS PRE-CONFERENCE JUNE 1ST with Richard Ryan, Edward Deci & Scott Rigby “Putting Intrinsic & Extrinsic Motivation to Work“: Fortune 500 companies and best-selling books such as Drive...

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ISBNPA 2015 Pre-Conference Event

June 2, 2015 by Shannon

    Applying Self-Determination Theory to      Health-Behavior Interventions     June 2, 2015   9:00am to 5:00pm     Edinburgh, Scotland     International Conference Centre   Self-Determination Theory is one of the leading psychological theories on motivation & a powerful cornerstone to building a successful health initiative, program or intervention. In this...

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SDT Conferences

Mark your Calendars
The 8th International Self-Determination Theory Conference
will be held May 31-June 3, 2023
in Orlando, Fl at the Renaissance SeaWorld  

The conference website will be launching soon.  In the meantime, stay posted on our Facebook page.

Since the 1st International Conference on Self-Determination Theory, held in 1999 at the University of Rochester, the conference has been instituted as a regular event every three years. The 2nd International Conference on SDT was held at the University of Ottawa in 2004, the 3rd Conference was held in Toronto in 2007, the 4th Conference was held in Gent, Belgium in 2010, the 5th Conference returned back to Rochester, NY in 2013, the 6th Conference took place in Victoria, British Columbia in 2016, and in 2019 we returned to Europe (Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands) for the 7th International Conference.

We have received a resounding response from participants in appreciation for the opportunity to meet with others who share similar research interests, to discuss and extend their own research based on feedback received from SDT experts, and to build relationships that will facilitate their research—perhaps even to find collaborators with whom they can work on shared interests.

SDT has continued to gain greater stature and visibility in the field, as evidenced by target articles in major journals, featured keynote addresses for numerous international conferences, prominent positions held in the field by SDT members, and major grant awards from the most prestigious public and private funding agencies. It is clear that recognition of, and interest in, SDT is substantial, and that the conferences are growing in an organic way, much like the theory itself.

PRESS RELEASE: More than 500 Psychologists Explore Human Motivation During International Conference in Rochester, June 27 to 30

June 14, 2013 by Shannon

 June 6th 2013. Hundreds of psychologists from 38 countries will gather in Rochester to share the latest scientific insights into the mysteries of human motivation during the Conference on Self-Determination Theory, June 27 to 30. Developed by University of Rochester experimental psychologists Edward Deci and Richard Ryan in 1985, self-determination theory today is a leading theory...

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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!

CONFERENCE NEWS: Thanks for a wonderful conference!

  • 5th International Conference on Self-Determination Theory

  • JUNE 27-30, 2013  | Rochester, NY
  • To all that participated at the conference, we extend our thanks to you for your attendance, talks, posters, enlightenment and engagement!
    • Guidelines for Presentations are NOW posted online.

    • We will be posting pictures and talk slides soon.  Stay posted to the listserv.