The next meeting will take place on Thursday 21st June 2018, which will be hosted at Coventry University in collaboration with the University of Birmingham and Aston University. On Friday 22nd of June 2018 there will be a workshop. Further details to be announced soon!


Keynote Speakers 

Dr Jacqui Rodgers (Newcastle University)

Jacqui Rodgers is a senior lecturer and autism researcher in the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University. She leads a programme of work which aims to advance the conceptualisation, assessment and treatment of mental health conditions in children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders. She has a particular interest in anxiety in autism and with colleagues at Newcastle has developed the first ever anxiety questionnaire specifically designed for use with children with ASD, and is currently working on a version for adults. She is also involved in the development and evaluation of a range of anxiety intervention programmes for autistic children and adults. She is co-chair of both the anxiety and suicide special interest groups at the annual meeting of the International Society for Autism Research and has recently guest edited a special issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders on anxiety in ASD.


Dr Hana D’Souza (Birkbeck, University of London)

With her sights set on becoming a clinical child psychologist, Hana completed a Master’s degree with a focus on Clinical Psychology at Masaryk University, Czech Republic. However, during her studies she spent a year at the University of Toronto, where she fell in love with developmental research. Hana went on to obtain an MSc in Psychological Research at the University of Oxford. She then completed a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London, with Prof. Andrew Bremner and Prof. Annette Karmiloff-Smith, and is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London.

Hana is interested in the development of attention and motor abilities, and how these interact over developmental time and constrain other domains in typically and atypically developing children. Her research focuses on infants and toddlers with neurodevelopmental disorders of known genetic origin, such as Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, and Williams syndrome.

As part of the London Down Syndrome (LonDownS) Consortium, Hana is currently investigating individual differences and interactions between various domains and levels of description across development in infants and toddlers with Down syndrome. The LonDownS Consortium is a multidisciplinary team of human geneticists, cellular biologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and mouse geneticists, whose aim is to understand the link between Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease, and to identify protective and risk factors that could inform interventions.

Abstract submission


and will close on 5pm on 5th March 2018.

Please submit your abstracts by emailing hayley.crawford@coventry.ac.uk.

The abstract should be 1 word document, including an abstract of no more than 250 words, names and institutions of all authors, and name and contact details of the presenting author and any conflict of interest. The deadline for abstracts is 5pm on 5/3/2018. Please also indicate if you would like your abstract to be considered for a poster and/or talk.



Registration will open on 27th March 2018 and close on 30th May 2018 or when maximum delegates are reached


Student Bursaries

There are a small number of bursaries for students available to help cover part of the fees and travel expenses. In order to apply for the bursary, you must submit an abstract and be accepted to present a poster or talk. Please indicate on your abstract that you wish to apply for the bursary, why you are applying for the bursary, and how attending the seminar will benefit your career.

Workshop: 22th June 2018 

To be announced 


Further information about accommodation can be found here