Research on autism – an international perspective

Pre-conference INSAR 2023 Annual Meeting

Date: 2023-05-02

Time: 13.15 - 17.00

Location: Sune Bergströms Aula, Solnavägen 30, Stockholm

Research in autism is worldwide. At this pre-conference, we will hear from three world leading researchers who will provide international perspectives on autism research. Learn about interventions in low-resource settings in India, how researchers and individuals with autism work together in the U.S, and how approaches to autism have changed over eight decades.

The conference is in English. Free admission but registration is required in advance.

Recording from Pre-conference INSAR 2023 Annual Meeting


13.15 Introduction by Professor Sven Bölte

Sven Bölte is the director of the Center of Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Karolinska Institutet (KIND) in Stockholm and is one of the world's top ten autism researchers.

13.20 Innovating for autism in India

Headshot Gauri Divan

Gauri Divan is Director of the Child Development Group in the non-for profit organization Sangath, based in India. She will speak about providing services to children in low-resource settings where access to evidence-based interventions is sparse.

14.05 Break

14.20 Understanding autism by learning together

Headshot Wendy Chung

Wendy Chung is Professor of Pediatrics in Medicine at Columbia University, New York. She will speak about a project where individuals with autism and researchers learn together about autism. To date, 100 000 individuals with autism have connected with 150 researchers.

15.05 Coffee break

15.35 Eight decades with autism

Headshot Patricia Howlin

Patricia Howlin is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Child Psychology at King’s College, London. She will speak about how our understanding of and approaches to autism have changed over the years. Once viewed as a profound and life- long disability, autism is now recognized as a highly heterogeneous condition that can also be associated with many positive traits.

16.20 Panel discussion

Sven Bölte will lead a panel discussion where attendees will be invited to ask questions of the speakers.


Free admission but registration is required in advance.


About a week before the conference, you will receive a welcome letter to the email address you provided when registering. That is your ticket. If you do not receive a letter - check if it has ended up in the spam folder. For faster handling on-site, we ask you to print the ticket and bring it with you on the day.


The conference will be filmed and the audience may be seen on the video. The video will be available here after the conference.


We will offer coffee and snacks in the second break.


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The pre-conference is sponsored by International Society for Autism Research (INSAR)

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