ASfAR 2020 Conference Wellington NZ (online)

ASfAR is pleased to announce that ASfAR 2020 is to be held online on December 10th and 11th, hosted by Autism New Zealand and Victoria University.

*** PLEASE NOTE – Due to COVID19 restrictions the Conference will be ONLINE ONLY *** 

Autism in Adolescence and Adulthood

10 – 11 December 12:00pm – 8:00pm NZDT

Information about registration

(deadline for registration is the 4th December 2020)

Step 1 

Make sure you are a member of ASfAR

Step 2

Log into the ASfAR members area and follow the instructions to register for the conference. Go to:

  • Conference attendance is free with membership
  • Registrations close 4 December 2020

Information about ASfAR 2020 online conference programme

Please see the links below for the provisional conference programme. Please note that this is subject to changes and that currently the provisional programme is in NZ time. The final programme will be published soon and will include times in different time zones and the Zoom links to ease planning.

Download the provisional posters’ programme (pdf)

Download provisional oral presentations’ programme (including keynotes, invited speakers, symposia and oral presentations) (pdf)


Keynote and Invited Speakers

Professor Hilde Geurts, University of Amsterdam
Autism in late adulthood: What does the future hold?

Professor Jeff Sigafoos, Victoria University of Wellington
Enhancing Communication: 50 years of progress

Minds for Minds Research Network
Exploring the genetic lanscape of autism in New Zealand

Dr. Damian Santomauro, University of Queensland
Estimating the epidemiology and health metrics of the autism spectrum: Where to from here?

Dr. Wenn Lawson, Macquarie University
Does ‘Extreme Demand Avoidance’ (EDA) exist?

Professor Liz Pellicano and Dr. Melanie Heyworth, Macquarie University
The everyday realities of life during COVID-19: Insights from Australian autistic people and their families

For more information contact: Larah van der Meer on

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INSAR May 2021 hybrid meeting in Boston and online

The upcoming meeting, INSAR 2021, will be the 20th anniversary of the first annual meeting of INSAR. To mark the significance of the 20th Anniversary of INSAR and to support the dissemination and global progress of autism research, especially in light of the pandemic, the INSAR Board of Directors along with the Annual Meeting Chairs, have decided that INSAR 2021 will be a hybrid conference with both in-person and web-based streaming of keynotes and panels from Boston.

The INSAR Annual Meeting brings together autism researchers and stakeholders each year to exchange and disseminate new scientific progress among autism scientists and their trainees from around the world. We anticipate the hybrid format will allow for an unprecedented level of global participation at the conference.

In addition to planning for the in-person conference in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, there will also be a virtual option for the conference content. A portion of the conference will be live streamed, and all keynote, panel and oral sessions will be recorded and available on demand following the event. In-person and virtual registrations will be offered for this event. As with past Annual Meetings, registration will be required for all presenters.

There will be expanded options for ePosters, options to pre-record oral presentations, and attend live virtual content if unable to travel to Boston in May 2021. Exhibitors will have both in-person and virtual exhibit opportunities.

INSAR is committed to providing the annual meeting content for 2021 to continue the global sharing of research. We are excited to see how our global submissions and attendance will expand with the addition of virtual options.

Abstract Submissions will be opening on October 15, 2020 and close on November 16, 2020. There will be an option to indicate that you will be planning to present remotely, by submitting a pre-recorded presentation.

Please note: Recordings of presentations will be required in advance. There will not be any collection of presentations onsite. Presenters may be asked to join virtually during the session for live Q&A.

INSAR Members will be getting more information next week about volunteering to be a Reviewer.

Start planning your abstract submissions now!

Take this opportunity to have your work considered for presentation at INSAR 2021.

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Autism and Intersectionality Webinar Series

ASfAR Institute 2020:

Intersectionality is a framework for understanding how aspects of the identity of a person or group of people may combine to create discrimination, disadvantage or prejudice. This webinar series will explore the research and knowledge around autism and its intersection with personal, social and cultural systems or factors.

This webinar series takes place via Zoom on Wednesdays across August and September 2020.

The live sessions of the ASfAR 2020 Institute are free for ASfAR members to attend but preregistration is required. Where possible, sessions will be recorded and available following the series to current ASfAR Members as a benefit of society membership.

To join ASfAR, please see our membership levels here

Please register separately for each webinar you wish to attend using each link in the schedule below so you can be emailed a personal link to join the Zoom. Registrations closes at 4pm the day before the webinar. Any queries email

Date and time Presenter(s) Topic Link to register
August 12th

1-2pm (AEST)

Jac den Houting Overview of Autism and Intersectionality
August 19th

1-2pm (AEST)

Ifrah Abdullahi and Josie Barbaro Autism and cultural diversity
August 26th

1-2pm (AEST)

Mark Stokes Autism and sexuality
September 16th   1-2pm  (AEST) Liz Pellicano, Rose Lilley and Mikala Sedgwick Autism and First Nations
September 23rd   1-2pm (AEST) Lauren Lawson Autism and gender
September 30th  1-2pm (AEST) Mandy Richdale Autism and age
October 7th

1-2pm (AEDT)

Beth Radulski From Autistic Masking to Neurodiversity Pride:

Race, Gender, SES and the Intersectionality of ‘Coming Out’

To join ASfAR, please see our membership levels here

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Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2021

27-30 October 2021 – Perth Australia

For those who have been involved with Autism, either personally or during their professional career, the Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2021 is the place to be. This conference will showcase cutting edge international research and practice, including work throughout the region.

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