The UK’s leading autism research conference, this event brings 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 happier, healthier, longer lives for all autistic people.

The 2022 Festival will take place from 11-15 July.

If you're interested in presenting at the 2022 Festival, applications are now open and you have until Friday 25 February to submit your ideas.

The 2021 Festival

Taking place from 12-16 July, the 2021 Autistica Research Festival was a five day virtual event that brought together autism researchers, autistic people, relatives and carers to hear the latest research and discuss how to make progress towards happier, healthier, longer lives for autistic people.

Our wide range of content will included Dr Will Mandy talking about how mental health services for autistic people can be improved, Dr Duncan Astle talking about transdiagnostic approaches to neurodevelopment, and a group presentation from Dr Kathy Leadbitter, Leneh Buckle, Dr Ceri Ellis and Martijn Dekker on neurodiversifying autism intervention research and practice as our Keynote talks.

We also had sessions sharing peer-reviewed research around autism and mental health, autism and physical health, creating autism inclusive environments, fostering positive attitudes around autism (and combatting stigma) and working with external services. There were two Roundtable discussions, looking at key elements of research with autistic people - how to do it well, and why diversity is so important.

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.

2020 Festival

Lasting a week, our 2020 Autistica 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 Friday 3 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 3 July.

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