2021 Online Down Syndrome Research Forum

The Down Syndrome Research Forum 2021 will be held online on 11th and 12th March, 2021. We are seeking submission of abstracts by 31 January 2021. Registration will open in late January.

Following the postponement of the 2020 forum, the Down Syndrome Research Forum 2021 will be held online on 11th and 12th March, 2021. The Down Syndrome Research Forum 2021 will be hosted by Down Syndrome Education International with support from Dr Kelly Burgoyne (University of Manchester, UK) and Laura Diprossimo (Lancaster University, UK).

About the 2021 forum

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. This year we are moving to an online format in response to the global pandemic. Presenters will be asked to present their work to attendees in live sessions delivered over video-call. All sessions will be recorded to enable participants who are unable to attend the live sessions to access content later.


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 the Down Syndrome Research Forum 2021, please submit an abstract to research@dseinternational.org by 5pm (UK time), January 31st 2021. 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. Poster submissions are also welcome (presenters will be asked to submit a 5-minute video explanation along with their poster). Please state clearly the preferred format of your submission (poster, oral presentation).

Abstracts for individual papers and posters (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, which should include: background, research question(s), method, results (if available), 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 Tuesday 9th February 2021. The full program will be published by Wednesday 17th February 2021.

We hope you will join us in March - the Forum grows each year and is a great place to make links. We hope the transition to an online conference will help further build our growing community.

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


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

Photograph of the Down syndrome Research Forum 2019
Picture of a child with Down syndrome learning to read

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