2020 Down Syndrome Research Forum

The 2020 Down Syndrome Research Forum will be held at the University of Manchester on 17 and 18 September.

The Down Syndrome Research Forum 2020 is being held at the University of Manchester, UK on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th September 2020 and hosted by Dr Kelly Burgoyne and the Division of Human Communication, Development and Hearing.

Call for submissions

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. 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. We also welcome contributions from family members and can advise on how to present them.

If you would like to present at this year's Forum, please submit an abstract to research@dseinternational.org by April 30th 2020. We welcome individual paper submissions and suggestions for symposia if you wish to organize 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 organized around a clear theme.

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 organizer(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.

The Committee will review abstracts and confirm submissions by the end of May 2020. The full program will be published by 1st July 2020.


Registration is available online via Eventbrite.

Visiting Manchester

Information about visiting Manchester is available from The University of Manchester and Visit Manchester.


For further information, please contact us via research@dseinternational.org

Photograph of the Down syndrome Research Forum 2019