ASfAR was founded in 2011 as a member based organisation devoted to advancing
knowledge about Autism Spectrum Disorders through research and scholarship. ASfAR has
built considerable relationships among the research community to support this role. These
include a relationships with:

ASfAR State Conference 2017

Update: The program is now available for download – ASfAR Vic State Conference 2017- Program Outline (PDF, 98KB)

The first inaugural state-based Australasian Society for Autism Research Conference will be hosted by the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Victoria on November 10th 2017.

The conference Keynote will be presented by Professor Sally Rogers from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, at the School of Medicine, UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento.

Prof. Rogers specializes in developmental and treatment research into autism and other developmental conditions, and working with both children and their families. She studies early developmental processes, including imitation, social-communicative behaviour, development of motor skills, language, and social interaction patterns.  She is currently focused on developing and improving treatments for very young children with autism.

This one-day research conference will provide an opportunity to share your research and to hear about research currently being undertaken by researchers and research teams in Victoria and elsewhere, including that being completed by undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The day will provide an opportunity to share common interests in the autism research field. It will be suitable for all autism researchers, including students, clinicians and autism educators, as well as parents interested in autism research.

Registration is free to ASfAR members, and should be completed by October 10th. If you are not currently a member, please submit a membership application form.

The day will begin with the Keynote Address followed by oral (15 minute) presentations. An oral presentation block may cover the work of several linked research projects (symposium format). Poster presentations are also welcome.

If you would like to present your research (either orally or via poster), please submit your abstract here by 9 a.m. September 30th, 2017.

In memoriam of Professor Sylvia Rogers

ASfAR wishes to recognise our former Executive Committee member Professor Sylvia Rogers for her many achievements, including her appointment to Membership of the Order of Australia on Australia Day, 2017. Sylvia was generous in support of Autism research, broader developmental research, occupational therapy, assisted many children, and improved their quality of life. The ASfAR Committee is deeply grateful that Sylvia lent her considerable scholarship and skill to ASfAR. With her passing in 2017, Sylvia will be sorely missed by all who were involved with her.

ASfAR APAC 2017 support award

ASfAR is pleased to offer two student members registration fee support to attend the APAC 2017 conference.  Please see the attached application form: APAC ASfAR Conference Support Application Form

Expressions of interest to host ASfAR 2018

The next ASfAR conference will be held in December 2018. Call for expressions of interest to host this conference are now open. The closing date for Expressions of Interest are October 31st, 2017.  Forms are available here: ASfAR 2018 International Conference EOI

Expressions of interest to host state based conference

Expressions of interest (EOI) to host a state based conference are now open.  ASfAR will provide funding to support state-based conferences in the alternate years to the national biennial ASfAR meeting held in ‘even’ years (e.g., 2012/2014/2016). Up to two meetings will be supported in any given year. Priority will be given to meetings that offer: (1) strong institutional support, (2) the ability to host a keynote speaker (national or international), and (3) suitable conference facilities.  The conference must be offered without any fee or charge to all financial members of ASfAR.  Forms are available here: ASfAR State-based Conference EOI Form.