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Hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University in Association with the University of Glasgow and Napier University, Edinburgh
Monday 12th & Tuesday 13th December 2016

The 16th Conference will be hosted in Glasgow by Glasgow Caledonian University, in association with the University of Glasgow and Napier University, Edinburgh. The event is being held in the university’s Deeprose Lecture Theatre on campus:
Glasgow Caledonian University is ideally located in the city centre, situated on Cowcaddens Road immediately behind Buchanan Street Bus Station. The university is within easy walking distance of Glasgow’s two railway stations, Queen Street and Central Station, and two underground stations, Buchanan Street and Cowcaddens. There are regular and frequent bus links between Glasgow International and Edinburgh airports and Buchanan Street bus station. Glasgow is a vibrant city with a plethora of shops, restaurants, concert venues and museums (all museums have free entry). The city is less than 20 miles from Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond, the nearest Munro, and only an hour away from Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, by train with a frequent service. The main Tourist Information Centre is located in the Gallery of Modern Art, just off George Square, on Royal Exchange Square.
Conference registration will be at 10am on the 12th December with the poster session being held at 6pm that evening. An evening buffet with wine will be provided during the poster session, and there will be a prize for the best poster. Snacks and refreshments will also be available during comfort breaks both days. The delegate rate for 2016 is unchanged from last year’s conference at £99.00 which includes registration fee, snacks and refreshments, and evening buffet. A city centre pub will be identified nearer the time, for those who want to join us after the poster session and buffet. Visit Scotland is the national tourist information website, which has travel and visitor information, and an online booking facility for accommodation:
Conference organisers will also be providing information about accommodation options nearer the time, with discounted rates for delegates arranged by the university.

Submission of abstracts

Registration for the Conference is dependent upon being an author of an accepted abstract. All abstracts should be submitted using the form on the website. Electronic abstract submission will open on 1st September 2016 and the deadline for abstract submissions is 17th October 2016.
Abstract submision form


Registration fees are £99.00 per person to include conference registration (2 days), lunches and refreshments as well as an evening buffet with wine Day One. Places are limited at the conference and registration for those who are eligible will be allocated a place on a first-come basis. Registration will involve completion of a booking form to be returned with payment. Payment instructions will be provided on the booking form. No place can be reserved or booked without payment having been made. Registration forms will be emailed to lead authors on submitted abstracts that are accepted for the conference. Lead authors will be asked to forward the registration form to all co-authors who may wish to attend. Registration for the conference will open on 31st October and close on 30th November.

Suggested accommodation

Please see attached brochure


David Felce Research Lecture 2016

This year’s speaker for the second David Felce Lecture is Professor Sally-Ann (Anna) Cooper.
Anna is Professor of Learning Disabilities at the University of Glasgow, and Director of the Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory:

General Conference Information

Following the established tradition of the Conference:
• All participants must submit a poster or paper that describes the results of a research project (qualitative or quantitative) on intellectual disabilities. You must be an active and contributing researcher
• The only exceptions to this rule are made for PhD students at the beginning of their projects and other 'early stage' researchers who have not yet had the opportunity to complete a research study via the award of a studentship
• All papers and posters must include analysis of unpublished data
• Each participant is only allowed to submit one poster or paper where they are the first author/presenter
• There are no parallel sessions
• All information is electronically distributed to keep costs as low as possible
• All participants who want to attend, whether first author or co-authors, must register and pay in advance for the Conference.
• The Symbol Conference is only open to residents from the UK and Ireland

Studentships for 2016

As a general rule only those with their names on an accepted submission can attend Seattle Club conferences. The exception is the 5 places we have available for studentships in 2016.
The studentships are intended for PhD students at the beginning of their projects and similar 'early stages' researchers (including clinicians developing their research, trainees in professions related to intellectual disabilities, research assistants on new projects…) such individuals will be interested in and committed to research in the field but will not yet have completed a study from which they can present data (and whose name does not appear on a poster or oral presentation). Any person named as an author on a poster/paper abstract submission who is also put forward for a studentship will be excluded from the studentship draw. It is also not possible to add names to abstract submissions at a later date to ensure that individuals can register for the conference when not successful with a studentship submission.
Studentships are bursaries that will cover the full registration costs but not travel or accommodation. Applications should be made using the application form on the Studentships web page.
Seattle Club Studentship application
In the event that the number of applications exceeds the number of studentships available, names will be drawn from a hat to decide the award of the studentships. Applications will be invited from 1st September 2016 and must be submitted in time for the 17th October 2016 deadline.

Contact details:

If you have any queries regarding the conference, please contact:
Dr Janet Finlayson
Senior Research Fellow
School of Health and Life Sciences
Glasgow Caledonian University G4 0BA