Down Syndrome Research Forum

The Down Syndrome Research Forum is an established, international meeting of researchers and practitioners interested in advances in our understanding of how to best meet the developmental and educational needs of children with Down syndrome.

The event is sponsored by Down Syndrome Education International and hosted annually in partnership with researchers active in the field.

The Down Syndrome Research Forum 2024 was held on 25th and 26th April.

Research Forum 2024
A photograph of a girl with Down syndrome reading a book

Research Forum

The Down Syndrome Research Forum offers a venue for academic researchers and professional practitioners to meet to share and discuss current research, recent findings and implications for practice.

The forum is usually well attended by researchers in the field and can be especially helpful for postgraduate students to share work in progress and seek support and advice from others working or interested in Down syndrome research. Specifically, we encourage students to give short presentations of their work even if they are only in the planning stage and provide opportunities for students to discuss their study plans with experts in the field.

You can view the programmes and abstracts from previous years below:


Presentations are accepted on a variety of topics relevant to understanding and improving the lives of people with Down syndrome. Usually the focus is on development and education but we also welcome papers on health issues relevant to development, family issues and adult issues. Presentations on methodology, translating research to practice, interventions and case studies are also welcome.


Researchers and postgraduate students from throughout the UK, Europe, and elsewhere are invited to attend. We also encourage contributions from education and healthcare professionals working with people with Down Syndrome. We also welcome parents of children with Down syndrome and others with an interest in the detail of current research.