We are pleased to announce that our Research Festival will return, taking place online, 12 – 16 July.

The UK’s leading autism research conference, this event will bring together autism researchers, autistic people, family members and the professionals who work with and support autistic people to discuss innovative research, barrier pushing involvement and participation work and how we can start to make real progress towards happy, healthy, long lives for all autistic people.

We will be adding more information about the festival as we have it - make sure to join our Network to be the first to know.

Festival code of conduct

We want everyone who attends the Festival to feel heard and valued. At times, there may be discussion of difficult topics or opinions expressed that some people don't agree with. We've created this code of conduct, so that all of our attendees can share their ideas and experience in a way that makes them feel safe and comfortable.

Last year's Festival

Lasting a week, our 2020 virtual research Festival had a range of sessions each day including panel discussions showcasing the latest autism research. We also shared autistic voices throughout the week and held a Quiz social on the evening of the 3rd July.

Our wide range of content included Dr Sarah Cassidy, Dr Katie Maras and Professor Jacqui Rodgers as our Keynote Speakers.

Delegates were able to choose which sessions to attend, fitting them around their own working week and personal interests. The majority of sessions were recorded and shared after the end of the festival.

For the first time, we included a medical humanities session 'Taking an interdisciplinary approach to autism and neurodiversity'. It took place on the afternoon of Friday 3rd July.

Thank you to our sponsors, FUJITSU for helping us make this all happen