Down Syndrome Research Forum 2024

The Down Syndrome Research Forum will be held online on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th April 2024 and is hosted by Down Syndrome Education International.

The Down Syndrome Research Forum is a regular international event where researchers, students, practitioners, and families meet to discuss current research and practice, and learn from each other.

Once again, the forum will be held online following previous success, and for the convenience of attendees and presenters. We welcome presentations of research work (including work in progress) and presentations from practitioners who may wish to share their experiences of using particular interventions or service models.

Presenters will be asked to present their work to attendees in live sessions delivered over video-call. The sessions will be recorded to enable registered participants who are unable to attend all the live sessions to access content later.

The keynotes this year are:

  • "Developmental foundations in infants with Down syndrome: Research to inform anticipatory practices". Debbie Fidler, Professor and Director Developmental Disabilities Research Laboratory - Human Development and Family Studies (
  • "Reading skills in individuals with Down syndrome" Susan Loveall- Hague, Assistant Professor Susan Loveall | College of Education and Human Sciences (

If you are new to the Forum see the dedicated page for further details.

We hope you will join us in April - the Forum grows each year and is a great place to make links.

Please pass on to colleagues who may wish to join us.

Information for Presenters

If you would like to present at this year’s Forum, please submit an abstract to by February 19th 2024. We welcome individual paper submissions and suggestions for symposia if you wish to organise one. The duration of each individual presentation is approximately 20 minutes (including 5 minutes for questions). Symposia should consist of 3 or 4 individual papers organised around a clear theme.

Abstracts for individual papers: Abstracts for individual papers (max. 300 words) should include: (i) the title, (ii) names of all authors (with institutional affiliations where appropriate), (iii) email address of first author, and (iv) a summary of your presentation. Summaries for research talks should include: background, research question(s), method, results, and conclusion.

Abstracts for symposia: Abstracts for symposia should include a symposia abstract (max. 300 words) and an abstract for each individual paper in the symposia (as above). The symposia abstract should include: (i) Name(s) of organiser(s), presenters, and the discussant and their e-mail addresses, institutional affiliation(s); (ii) Title of the symposium; (iv) Aim(s) of the symposium and a summary of the contribution of each presentation.


We will open registration in March.