IARR 2024 Main Conference

Boston, Massachusetts on July 5-9, 2024!

Five Days of Powerful Talks and Fun-Filled Events at the Hilton Boston Park Plaza

We look forward to hosting you for the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR) International Conference in Boston, Massachusetts on July 5-9, 2024! Our opening reception and presidential keynote will be on July 5th with full conference days on July 6 through 8 (and our dance on July 7). We will offer add-on excursion options for July 9th. Those dates leave the opportunity for you to add on to your time and enjoy the Boston Pops Fourth of July fireworks celebration or explore Cape Cod or other New England destinations. Click here for the conference program.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: Please click here to register for the IARR 2024 Main Conference.

OUR IARR CONFERENCE PLANNING TEAM: Our local host co-chairs are Ashley Duggan (Boston College and Tufts University School of Medicine), Jeffrey Stokes (University of Massachusetts, Boston), and Elizabeth Glowacki (Northeastern University).

ACADEMIC PROGRAM PLANNING COMMITTEE: The program planning committee is co-chaired by Leanne Knobloch, communication, University of Illinois, and Brian Ogolsky, human development and family science, University of Illinois. Committee members include Katarzyna Adamczyk (psychology, Adam Mickiewicz University), Laura Machia (psychology, Syracuse University), and Andy Merolla (communication, University of California-Santa Barbara).

ADDITIONAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION: Check out the conference website which will have additional information added about planning over the coming months. The conference website is https://iarrconferences.com/.

CONFERENCE PRESENTER GUIDELINES: Click here for important information about preparing and presenting at your session.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN CONFERENCE REGISTRATION? Conference registration is through the Oxford Abstracts system. Registration includes full lunch on each of the three main conference days (July 6, 7, and 8). Registration also includes plus one ticket for the dance!! The keynote addresses will be held during lunches. Your conference registration also includes the opening reception (July 5) and the dance (July 7). We made these choices to maximize healthy food that meets our hotel commitment. The hotel location has lots of inexpensive places nearby where you can get breakfast and dinner. Note that poster sessions start early and do not have food or coffee served--- BUT we will be having drawings to incentivize attendance at the poster sessions. Partner/Additional Guest Registration is offered at full price without needing to be a member. Upload your IARR membership when you register a partner/guest. Opening Reception tickets are offered at $100 for partner/guest. Dance tickets are available at no cost and will be also available on-site depending on numbers. Use the Oxford Abstracts system for all registration items.

The hotel location has lots of inexpensive places nearby where you can get breakfast and dinner. Note that poster sessions start early and do not have food or coffee served--- BUT we will be having drawings to incentivize attendance at the poster sessions. Poster dimensions are Dimensions are 30' height x 40'width (max size). WiFi will be offered only for hotel guests only.

HILTON BOSTON PARK PLAZA: The beautiful Hilton Boston Park Plaza will host the conference, which lends itself to inviting conversations. The hotel is a spectacularly restored icon in the heart of Back Bay. The breakout / meeting rooms look out into the Boston Public Garden. Our room rate is $229 per night for the hotel for a double room ($20 per person additional fee for more than two per room). Because we are directly on the subway/MBTA, less expensive rooming options further from downtown offer a wide range of additional options (just make sure you’re accessible on the “T” or MBTA). Note that the two double-bed options begin on July 5. Click here to make reservations.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: The city of Boston is an easily accessible, walkable, LGBTQ+ friendly destination home to rich American history. With endless dining, shopping, and tourist attractions a visitor to Boston is never without a destination. For those who are new to the city, public transportation via subway / MBTA is both easy to navigate and incredibly affordable. Additionally, the city of Boston is full of beautiful scenery both in the form of historic brick and cobblestone streets and the water along its border. Please click here for a very thorough document with information about the upcoming Boston IARR conference. In addition, please click here for a document detailing the numerous excursion options, including the ability to sign up for excursions.

ACCESSIBILITY AND TRANSPORTATION: In terms of transportation ease, there are few cities that rival Boston’s connection to the world. The Boston airport functions as a hub for many domestic and international airlines. Boston Logan International Airport is a short distance from the hotel, easily navigated by subway, taxi, Uber/Lyft, or subway/MBTA. Additionally, there are three Amtrak destinations within the city of Boston, adding yet another easy and affordable mode of transportation for those commuting from cities along the East Coast. Located along the Arlington T-stop, the Boston Park Plaza provides easy access to any of Boston’s boroughs, attractions, or ample dining experiences. In addition to the Boston airport, the Providence, Rhode Island airport is hub to several discount airlines, with options for public transportation from Providence to Boston.

ATTENTION IARR MEMBERS: Here’s an opportunity for you to help our graduate students travel to the Boston conference. Please click here to make a donation to the Student Travel Fund. Any donation is greatly appreciated!

ATTENTION STUDENT MEMBERS OF IARR: Please consider applying for an IARR 2024 Student Conference Award. This award is to help defray a portion of the conference registration cost. Award amounts will depend on number of viable applications received. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply (see below).

Note: Students must register for the conference prior to applying for this award. Awards will be in the form of a partial registration refund, returned to the source used to pay online. Award amounts will depend on the number of qualified applicants; thus, students will initially pay the full student-registration cost in advance.

Eligibility: Applicants must be (1) current student members of IARR at the time of the application (click here to join if you are not already a member), (2) registered for the Boston conference, (3) participating in the conference in some capacity, and (4) willing to volunteer 1-2 hours of time at the conference (if needed). Although all eligible applicants will be considered, priority may be given to those who (1) have not already received IARR student-funding in prior years and (2) are primary (1st or 2nd) authors on an accepted submission (talk or poster) at the conference.

To apply for the award, fill out the form here no later than May 15th (midnight, U.S. EDT), the day early-bird registration closes. Applications will be evaluated based on these criteria by the IARR Committee to Fund 2024 Student Conference Involvement, a subgroup of IARR’s Finance Committee. Applicants will be notified of any awards by the end of May.

IARR is offering 2 to 6 International 2024 Travel Awards (for a total amount of $3,000) to IARR members from any region of the world, with priority given to IARR members from countries currently underrepresented in the membership base. Click this link to apply. The application deadline is March 25, 2024.

Click here for PDF version of Conference Registration information.



Academic Program Planning Committee Co-Chairs

Leanne Knobloch (Communication, University of Illinois)
Brian Ogolsky (Human Development and Family Science, University of Illinois)

Academic Program Committee Members

Katarzyna Adamczyk (Psychology, Adam Mickiewicz University)
Laura Machia (Psychology, Syracuse University)
Andy Merolla (Communication, University of California-Santa Barbara)



The city of Boston is an easily accessible, walkable, LGBTQ+ friendly destination home to rich American history.


Boston is home to many historic sites such as Fenway Park, Fanueil Haill, The Freedom Trail, The Boston Tea Party Museum, The USS Constitution, and so much more!


Amazing views of Boston's waterfront can be seen from the Charles River Esplande, Seaport District, and while on the famous Boston Duck Tours!



We are pleased to announce that the IARR mini-conference on “Gender, Sexuality, and Relationships,” will be held at Brunel University London (Uxbridge, UK – within the London borough of Hillingdon, and 5 miles from Heathrow Airport) from Thursday, July 31 to Sunday, August 3. The Gender, Sexuality, and Relationships theme group within Brunel’s Centre for Culture and Evolution will be responsible for programming the event. We will hold a New Scholars Workshop (to be planned in coordination with the IARR Mentoring Committee) as a Pre-Conference for the first day (Thursday, July 31). Keynote speakers will include David Schmitt (formerly at Brunel, now located at Kansas State University), Ashley Randall (Arizona State University), and Rozzana Sánchez Aragón (National Autonomous University of Mexico). We will provide further details after the IARR main conference!


Ceud Mìle Fàilte (A Hundred Thousand Welcomes). The IARR 2026 Main Conference will be held Thursday, July 30 to Monday, August 3 in Glasgow, Scotland! The city of Glasgow is just four hours by train from London and a major airline hub served by three international airports. Gateway to the Scottish Highlands and less than an hour by train from Edinburgh, Glasgow is a highly desirable destination for those wishing to tour parts of Scotland prior to or after the conference. Equally important, Glasgow itself boasts a rich architectural heritage, award-winning (and free!) museums, and a vibrant arts and cultural scene (e.g., it is home to the Scottish Opera, the Scottish Ballet, and the National Theatre of Scotland). The conference will be held in the Technology and Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde. The University of Strathclyde is a 10-minute walk from major rail stations and just five minutes from City Hall, shopping at Merchant City, and numerous restaurants and accommodation options amenable to all budgets. More information will be available at the upcoming Boston Conference so plan to attend Boston and mark your calendars now for 2026!


A historic stay in Boston

We have a premier Back Bay location, surrounded by shopping, dining and entertainment. Boston Common and the Public Garden are steps away from us, while Beacon Hill and the Theater District are within a half-mile. As one of Boston’s most historic hotels, we are rooted in community and committed to growing the people and places that make our city thrive.