ASfAR Conference 6-7 December 2023

ASfAR warmly invites you to our 2023 conference which will be held in person on the 6th and 7th December 2023 hosted by the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th December 2023

University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand


FREE for ASfAR members (to join ASfAR or to renew your membership please go to )

Keynote & Invited Speakers:

Dr Chris Edwards – Investigating autism disclosure: Insights from social media

Professor Dawn Adams – How far can research inform the development of accessible, inclusive and effective mental health supports or services for autistic people?

Professor Laurie McLay – Sleep matters: Understanding the importance of sleep for autistic children and adolescents

Invited Panel 

Panel discussion: Autistic community member participation in autism research: Joys, challenges and learnings
Invited Panel members



Submission of Abstracts

  • All submitted abstracts have been reviewed and the authors were notified of the outcome of their submissions by mid September 2023.

Use of language

When preparing your abstract submissions (and your conference presentations) please ensure your choice of language is respectful and in line with the autistic community’s preferences and recommendations.

o   Please see and for guidance.



Please login to the members’ area for the accommodation guide.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Professor Laurie McLay at