We are pleased to announce that our Research Festival will return, taking place online, 12 – 16 July. Registration for the Festival will open on the 26th May.

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.


We are also delighted to announce that our Researcher Awards are now open.

We are now accepting applications for three awards aimed at celebrating early career researchers and good practice in autism research.

Applications open 12 May 2021 and will close midday (12 noon) 17 June 2021. The award winners will be announced at our Autistica Research Festival 2021 (12th - 16th July).

We are looking for nominations in the below three categories:

  • Involvement
  • Real World Impact
  • Reproducible autism science

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