We are excited to announce our first annual autism research conference on 6 September 2018 at City, University of London.

The conference will bring together autism researchers, autistic people, relatives and carers. As a group, we will hear the latest research focusing on improving outcomes for autistic people and discuss key areas of priority.

You will hear things you agree with and things you don't. By bringing everyone together we can have respectful discussions about how to make progress towards long, healthy, happy lives for autistic people. 

Join us at the conference for:

  • keynote speeches from leading autism researchers and autistic advocates
  • quick-fire oral presentations for early career researchers
  • parallel sessions focusing on priority research areas
  • poster presentations
  • awards for early career researchers

About this conference

As the first year of our conference, we are starting small. The conference will have a maximum capacity of 150 people, made up of: 

  • 1/3 Community (autistic people and family members/carers)
  • 1/3 Early career researchers 
  • 1/3 Senior researchers and professionals (including teachers, care workers and any other professional with an interest in autism)

Priority areas

This year the conference will focus on the following priorities:

  • mental health
  • ageing and physical health
  • language and communication
  • epilepsy
  • complex needs (including learning and language difficulties)
  • social care

These areas were chosen based on consultation with autistic people and family members. 

Chairs and co-chairs

Each priority area will be coordinated by:

  • a scientific chair, who will be a leading researcher in the field
  • an Insight Group co-chair -  an autistic adult or parent from our Insight Group

On the day of the conference each panel topic will be introduced by autistic people who have personal experience of the topic. 

Book your place

Early bird registration for the conference opens on 29 May until 15 June. Standard registration is then available from 16 June.

Ticket categories

Tickets are available in three separate categories*:

  • Community - autistic people and family members/carers: Early bird sold out/£20 standard tickets available 16 June
  • Early career researchers - less than 8 years research-active post-PhD: Early bird sold out/£40 standard tickets available 16 June
  • Senior researchers - 8+ years research-active post-PhD and professionals: £30 Early bird/£50 standard tickets.

*We understand that people may fall into more than one category - for example, autistic adults who are also researchers. We encourage those who have the ability to receive funding to select one of the 'researcher' categories.

Keynote speakers and their talks