2024 INSAR Annual Meeting in Melbourne 15-18 May

2024 INSAR Annual Meeting in Melbourne 15-18 May

The International Society of Autism Research is holding its annual meeting in Melbourne Australia from Wednesday 15th May until Saturday the 18th May 2024

Registrations now open.

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Margot Prior Awards – application submission deadline Tue 7th Nov 2023

Professor Margot Prior (1937-2020) published the very first Australian journal article on autism (in 1973), and was a pioneering autism clinician and researcher in Australia. She was also deeply involved in the creation of the Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR). In recognition of her substantial contributions to the field of autism research in Australia and internationally, she was awarded a lifetime membership to ASfAR upon its creation, with a dedicated Margot Prior Oral Presentation Prize for students awarded at each biennial Conference. Following Professor Prior’s passing in 2020, the ASfAR Executive Committee established two competitive annual awards for Early Career Researchers (ECR), the Margot Prior ECR awards. Each award is valued at $2,500, with one dedicated each year to an autistic researcher.

Funds can be used toward directly funding research activity or equipment, including laboratory visits, conference travel, participant reimbursement, or any related activity to further the individual’s research endeavours. Other associated expenses and administrative costs will not be funded.

Applicants need to clearly state what element of their work will be supported by the Margot Prior ECR award. Successful recipients will be recognised at the ASfAR Annual General Meeting.

Applications are invited from members of ASfAR who meet the following criteria:

  • are within 5 years (or equivalent, when career interruptions, such as parental leave, are included) of their PhD being awarded (those currently undertaking their PhD are not eligible to apply)
  • have full ASfAR membership (general or Autistic researcher)
  • have standing in a university or research institute capable of accepting and administering the award (award will be made to, and administered by, the applicant’s institution).

Members of the ASfAR Executive Committee will review and rank all applications, against the following criteria:

  • Inclusion of co-production with the autistic and autism community;
  • Applicant’s research achievements to date relative to opportunity;
  • Potential contributions of the proposed project to the advancement of the field of autism research;
  • Clear and achievable plan for utilisation of funds within one year of the award, including budget justification;
  • Potential impact of proposed use of the award for the advancement of the applicant’s research and development.

Awardees must submit a report to the ASfAR Executive one-year post-award. Awardees will be invited to share their findings at the next ASfAR conference in a format (e.g., poster, oral presentation) that is accessible to them.

Applications are due 5PM Australian Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, 7th November 2023.

Please email the completed application form, which you can download below, along with a brief (one page) CV as a separate file to this email: secretary@asfar.org.au

Download the application document 

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ASfAR Conference 6-7 December 2023

ASfAR held our 2023 conference at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, on the 6th and 7th December 2023

Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th December 2023

University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

See https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/ 

FREE for ASfAR members (to join ASfAR or to renew your membership please go to https://asfar.org.au/membership/ )

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



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Margot Prior Awards 2022

Upon Professor Margot Prior’s passing, the ASfAR Executive Committee established two competitive awards each valued at $2,500 for Early Career Researchers (ECR), with one dedicated each year to an autistic researcher. 

In 2022, the winners were:

– AUTISTIC RESEARCHER MARGOT PRIOR AWARD: Dr Chris Edwards from Aspect Research Centre for Autism Practice for their project “Using Experience Sampling Methodology to Capture Disclosure Reflections from Autistic Adults”. Congratulations Chris! 

– In the OPEN CATEGORY MARGOT PRIOR AWARD : Dr. Katie Brooker from the Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mater Research Institute, University of Queensland (QCIDD, MRI-UQ) for their project “Evaluating online training for doctors on providing care to Autistic adult patients”. Congratulations Katie!

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