SARMAC profoundly thanks the following colleagues for their dedication and contributions to SARMAC as members of the Governing Board:

  • Robyn Fivush, Emory University

  • Ira Hyman, Western Washington University

  • Sean Lane, University of Alabama in Huntsville

  • Kathy Pezdek, Claremont Graduate University

  • Deryn Strange, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

  • Maria Zaragoza, Kent State University  

Their terms will end in Dec 2019. Accordingly, SARMAC is calling for nominations or self-nominations of candidates to stand for election to the Governing Board of SARMAC. Regular members can stand for election or nominate candidates. There are 6 openings on a 12-member board where service is in staggered terms of 4 years. The 4-year term is from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2023.

Board member duties include occasional electronic meetings, electronic voting on issues that come before the Board, serving on ad hoc committees, advising Board officers, and attending biennial conferences and the Board meeting conducted every 2 years at the conference. SARMAC conferences are held in great locations, with the last three in Victoria, Sydney and Cape Cod. The date and location for the next conference will be confirmed in the coming months (by the end of October). Board members may also serve as President or Secretary/Treasurer during their time on the Governing Board.

Information about SARMAC, its Governing Board (including continuing members), and bylaws, can be found at under “About” in the menu bar.  Please read the bylaws if you plan to stand for election. 

Please email nominations to Kim Wade at by Friday 11 October, 2019. Check with people you wish to nominate to make sure they are interested in running for the Board. Following the deadline a short bio and statement will be sought from each nominee, and the election will be conducted in November.


The SARMAC Governing Board requests proposals to host the society's 2021 Conference (SARMAC XIV) and 2023 Conference (SARMAC XV).  

Our biennial conference serves an international community of scholars, with recent meetings held in Rotterdam, Netherlands (2013), Victoria, Canada (2015), and Sydney, Australia (2017). The 2019 meeting took place 6-9 June in Cape Cod, MA, USA.  

The Board is particularly keen for the 2021 conference to be held in Europe, but all bids will receive due consideration.
Proposals should include: 

  • The names of members (and their affiliations) who will host and coordinate the conference on-site. 

  • Proposed conference dates. The meeting is typically held in June or July of the conference year when the conference is in the northern hemisphere, and January when the conference is in the southern hemisphere.

  • A description of the proposed location to include the venue, meeting room capacities and the availability for plenary and parallel sessions, estimated travel costs between the conference venue and the worldwide regions that SARMAC members represent, estimated costs for a variety of local accommodation options, and possible tourism and social activities for attendees. 

  • Two or three options for a proposed conference budget to include costs associated with the venue/meeting room, rental of poster boards or audiovisual equipment, reception and/or coffee breaks, keynote speakers, etc. (Evening poster sessions may include the availability of beer/wine and other beverages which can be purchased by individual delegates at their expense. Note that if alcohol is available, there should be suitable food provided at no charge.) Costs in currencies other than USD should include estimated USD equivalent for each line item.

  • Proposed registration fees—and how those fees might vary with each option for the conference budget—and any in-kind or seed funding that might be offered by a host university and/or other organisations to support the meeting should also be included.

The SARMAC Governing Board and Executive Officers provide practical support (e.g., the website) and guidance for the conference organizing team (we even have a “How to host a SARMAC meeting” guide and can provide previous proposals to help as you prepare your own!). Requests for financial support for specific organizational costs will also be considered.

Proposals should be sent to Kim Wade, Executive Director of SARMAC, at  



The SARMAC Governing Board is pleased to announce that JARMAC will now include an annual In Memoriam section which will be published in the final issue of each year. In Memoriam pieces will celebrate the life and contributions of SARMAC members who have contributed significantly to the research in any area of applied cognition and memory.

Please contact the JARMAC Editor-in-Chief, Paula Hertel (, directly if you wish to submit an In Memoriam article this year. Details on how to submit will be posted on JARMAC’s "Guide for Authors" page shortly. Below is the description.

In Memoriam Section
An annual In Memoriam section of the journal will celebrate the life and contributions of SARMAC members who have contributed significantly to research in any area of applied cognition and memory. Submissions should be authored by individuals who personally knew or collaborated with the honoree; collaborative contributions are encouraged. Contributions should not exceed 1,000 words and include three to five “recommended readings” that are selected from the honoree’s contributions. A black-and-white photograph of the honoree may be included. Submissions will be peer-reviewed by scholars familiar with the honoree’s work prior to publication.


The SARMAC Regional Meeting Grant is available to support SARMAC members or groups of members to conduct regional meetings that support the aims and principles of SARMAC for the benefit of all members.

The aim of these Regional Meetings is to conduct an official SARMAC meeting, but with a smaller, regional focus, a limited budget, and a clear theme related to SARMAC’s mission. These meetings are intended to complement SARMAC’s biennial meetings rather than to compete with them. The Regional Meetings may be general meetings in the area of applied memory and cognition, or specialist meetings on a single topic. They can be conference-style meetings, workshops, poster-only meetings, debates on a topic, etc. They can be two-day meetings, ½ day meetings, streamed online events, or other variations. (The maximum budget is $3,000 USD).

Application deadline November 15, 2019. Applicants receive notification December 13, 2019

For further details see the “Regional Meeting Grants” page (under the “Awards and Honors” menu).