Action on Autism Research Seminar Series

Scottish Seminar Partners




We are delighted to be working as a key partner with the Scottish Government, Scottish Autism, and the Universities of Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Aberdeen to deliver the Action on Autism Research Seminar Series in Scotland. The aim of the series is to link policy, research and practice, providing both a national and an international perspective on psychological, biological, clinical, social and educational research into autism. Part of this process has and will be to define 'impact', to consider how evidence supports claims of impact, to identify both research and impact gaps and to work together and across disciplines to consider how to improve the quality of autism research and maximise impact. This fits well with the Research Autism strategy.

Autism Network Scotland, part of the Scottish Autism Strategy, say this on their website: The role that research may play in helping all involved to have a greater understanding of the impact of autism on daily life and in changing our collective and individual attitudes, values and approaches towards improved quality of life has been under-explored in Scotland. We believe that research has an impact to make, that this can be at a high level of knowledge production but also in an integrated and applied way.

The series of events has addressed some of the key elements of autism research in Scotland as well as other parts of the UK, relating this to the current state of knowledge more broadly through international guest presentations from some of the key figures in autism research.

The seminars comprised of four two-day meetings in Glasgow, and culminate in a conference in November 2014. The meetings took place as follows:

  • Psychological Research, Interventions and Impact, 26 - 27 November 2013
  • Clinical Research, Interventions and Impact, 4 - 5 February 2014
  • Social Research, Interventions and Impact, 28-29 April 2014
  • Educational Research, Interventions and Impact, 9 - 10 June 2014

World-renowned speakers have included:

  • Michelle Dawson, University of Montreal
  • Prof. Helen Tager- Flusberg-University of Boston
  • Prof. Tom Insell, National Institue for Mental Health USA
  • Dr Liz Pellicano, Institute of Education, London
  • Prof. Tony Attwood, Australia
  • Prof. Tony Charman, Institute of Psychiatry, London
  • Prof Declan Murphy, Institute of Psychiatry
  • Prof Fred Volkmar, Yale University
  • Prof Chris Gillberg, Gothenburg University
  • Prof Gary Mesibov, University of North Carolina
  • Prof Helen McConachie, University of Newcastle

And leading Scottish speakers including:

  • Dr Sue Fletcher-Watson, University of Edinburgh
  • Prof. Colwyn Trevarthen University, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Justin Williams, University of Aberdeen

Subsequent discussions will consider how the Scottish Autism Strategy implementation groups can be supported to improve understanding of the impact of such research upon the lives of the autism community in Scotland: individuals, families and professionals.

For further information please visit the Autism Network Scotland website:


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25 Oct 2017