Join us for the WSC’s
Annual Conference
in Vancouver, British Columbia

Preliminary Program (Subject to Change)

 General Information:

Dates: Thursday, February 2, 2023 through Saturday, February 4, 2023
Hotel: Sheraton Wall Centre
1000 Burrard St
Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2R9
CanadaThe conference rate is $189 (Canadian) per night. To obtain this rate, book your room through the online portal linked here or or call 604-331-1000 to reserve your room and request the WSC conference rate.
Health Protocols: Based on current guidelines, vaccinations will not be required to attend the conference; however, if regional/local guidelines change before then, we will be required to follow those.
Register: Registration is currently open. You may register here.

Please keep in mind that all presenters are required to register and prepay the nonrefundable conference fees no later than Friday, December 23, 2022.  Those who do not register and pay their conference fees by that deadline will have their papers/presentations/posters removed from the conference program.

Present: The deadline for submissions was October 7, 2022. The program chairs will make decisions on submissions by October 31, 2022.

For those who submit abstracts, please be sure not to make travel plans based on the times during which you are preliminarily scheduled to present because all assignments are subject to change. All presenters should plan to arrive by Thursday, February 2nd and plan to remain at the conference until the late afternoon on Saturday, February 4th.

Posters should be between 3-feet by 4-feet (36″ x 48″) and 4-feet by 5-feet (48″ x 60″).

Please be advised that submission of an abstract indicates the submitter’s availability to present the paper at the conference.  Absent medical or religious necessity, requests for particular time slots on particular days cannot be honored. Please direct all inquiries about the conference and the program to the program chairs at

Conference Participants, please note the following:

1. Panel chairs are responsible for bringing laptops for other panelists to use during their presentations. People who use Apple computers (Macs) should bring dongles that allow them to connect to projectors via both a VGA cable and an HDMI cable.

2. Internet connections are not available to presenters during conference breakout sessions. Accordingly, attendees should not prepare presentations using Prezi or similar internet-based presentation software.  Rather, presenters are encouraged to store all of the files they may need on a laptop or portable hard drive.

3. If you have any questions concerning payments, please email All other questions concerning the conference should be directed to the conference program chairs at

If you have submitted an abstract and need an early decision in order to apply for a visa or entry permit, please email the conference program chairs.

Conference Fees:

Conference registration entitles one to attend all conference sessions, receive one copy of the program, and participate in various hosted food events (typically an opening event with heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, a continental breakfast on Friday morning, a plated lunch at our Award luncheon Friday afternoon, a light dinner on Friday evening, and a closing brunch late on Saturday morning). Because we order all of this food based on conference registration fees we receive, such payments are nonrefundable.

The cost of participating in the annual WSC conference varies depending on membership status:

  • Regular Members — Faculty and justice professionals who are members of the WSC pay $215 to participate in the annual conference (a $210 base-rate, plus a $5 Pay Pal processing fee).


  • Student Members — Students who wish to participate in the annual WSC conference pay $165 (a $160 base-rate, plus a $5 Pay Pal processing fee). Please note that this fee includes a one-year student membership in the WSC. Thus, students attending the conference should not pay the $35 student membership fee.


  • Non-Members — People who are not members of the WSC but who wish to participate in the society’s annual conference pay $320 (a $315 base-rate, plus a $5 Pay Pal processing fee).


  • Late Fees — The prices listed above apply to advance conference registrations. An additional $25 will be added to the cost for anyone registering within 30 days of the start if the conference (including those who register on-site, which is strongly discouraged since we cannot guarantee late registrants food, printed programs, and other amenities). Thus, late registration for regular members costs $235; late registration for students costs $185; and late registration for non-members costs $345.

Since catering costs account for more than 90% of the the annual conference fees, and last-minute changes to catering counts can dramatically alter the society’s costs to host meals, on-site registration is strongly discouraged. We therefore ask all conference presenters to register roughly one month in advance of the conference to help keep costs to a minimum.

Please note: Conference registration fees do not include wireless access to the Internet in breakout rooms or in conference meeting sessions.

Future Conferences

  • 2024 Conference: February 8 to February 10 at the Hilton Long Beach (CA)
  • 2025 Conference: February 6 to February 8 at the Westin Seattle (WA)

Our Sister Organization,
the American Society of Criminology

The WSC was originally established a regional subdivision of the American Society of Criminology (ASC).  Although we are now fully independent, the ASC remains our close working partner.  The ASC is an international organization whose members pursue scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency.  If you are not already a member, we encourage you to join!

Consent to be Photographed

By signing up to attend and participate in the WSC’s annual conference, you consent to having your photo taken by WSC personnel and guests.  Such images may be posted on our Facebook page or Twitter feed.  However, no one may make audio or video recordings during panel sessions without the explicit written consent of the presenters.