2020 ASFAR Autism conference

Autism New Zealand together with Victoria University of Wellington are hosting the next Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR) Conference from 10-11 December 2020.

Forums and symposia

Depending upon border restrictions a decision will be made in July as to whether the conference will be held online or in person at Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn, in Wellington, New Zealand.


The theme for this research conference is autism in adolescence and adulthood. It is open to academics, professionals, and everyone with some association with autism. The conference will promote quality co-produced autism research, with keynotes from autistic researchers.

This event will be held online.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
  • Professor Hilde Geurts, University of Amsterdam—Autism in late adulthood: What does the future hold?
  • Professor Jeff Sigafoos, Victoria University of Wellington—Enhancing communication: 50 Years of Progress
  • Minds for Minds Research Network—Exploring the genetic landscape of autism in New Zealand
  • Dr. Damian Santomauro, University of Queensland—Estimating the epidemiology and health metrics of the autism spectrum: Where to from here?
  • Dr. Wenn Lawson, Macquarie University—Does ‘Extreme Demand Avoidance’ (EDA) exist?
  • Professor Liz Pellicano and Dr. Melanie Heyworth, Macquarie University—The everyday realities of life during COVID-19: Insights from Australian autistic people and their families

Requirements: To attend you must be a member of the Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR). Attendance is free with membership.

A range of memberships are available including:

  • Full memberships for those with a relevant graduate degree and publications/grants in the area
  • Affiliate memberships are open to those with some association with autism
  • Student membership is also available

For further information and to register, please visit the ASfAR website.

To Attend you must be a member of the Australasian Society for Autism Research. Attendance is then free with the membership. For further information on ASfAR membership please visit https://asfar.org.au/membership/

For more information contact: Larah van der Meer