The Seattle Club annual conference on intellectual and developmental
disabilities will be held at University College London (UCL) on 16th
and 17th December 2019.

The 19th annual Seattle Club conference for research on intellectual and developmental disabilities will take place at University College London (UCL) and will be hosted by members of the UCL CENTRE FOR INTELLECTUAL & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES RESEARCH and Child Development and Learning Difficulties Lab.

We are pleased to open abstract submission for this conference.

Submission of Abstracts

Submit your abstract here.
Abstract submision form

If you have difficulties submitting your abstract using the electronic submission form, please contact J.vanherwegen@ucl.ac.uk

Note that registration for the conference is dependent upon being an author/co-author of an accepted abstract.  
Abstract submission will close on Sunday 8th September 2019.

2019 Conference Details
We anticipate approximately 100 delegates will attend the conference. Conference registration will take place at 9.30am on Monday 16th December 2019. Each day will include a number of talks and poster sessions (there will be a prize for the best poster). The delegate cost are £110 which includes the registration fee, lunch and refreshments, and a meal on Monday evening (details to follow). There will also be an opportunity to continue discussions after the meal with social drinks continuing in a town centre venue that will be identified nearer the time.

The conference organisers will also provide a list of local hotels nearer the time, when registration opens late October.

Registration fee is £110 per person to include conference registration (2 days), lunches and refreshments, as well as an evening meal on Day One. Places are limited at the conference and registration (for those who are eligible) will be allocated on a first-come basis. Registration will involve completion of an online booking and payment form which will be provided once the abstract outcome has been announced in October 2019. No place can be reserved or booked without payment having been made. Lead authors will be asked to forward the registration form to all co-authors who may wish to attend. Registration will be announced as soon as the abstract outcomes are available.

Studentships 2019
As a general rule only those with their names on an accepted abstract submission can attend Seattle Club conferences. The exception is that 5 places we have available for studentships for 2019.

The studentships are intended for doctoral students at the beginning of their projects and similar ‘early career’ researchers. Such individuals will be interested in, and committed to, research in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities 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 as a co-author).

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 allocations. It is also not possible to add names to abstract submissions at a later date to ensure that individuals can register for the conference if not successful in the studentship allocation.

Studentships are bursaries that will cover the full conference registration cost (£110) but they do not cover accommodation or travel.

Applications should be made using the application form on the studentships web page – applications will be invited between the date abstract submission opens and 30th September 2019.  

Link for studentship submission: Seattle Club Studentship application

If you have difficulties submitting your abstract using the electronic submission form, please email your abstract (using the same headings for the abstract sections) directly to j.vanherwegen@ucl.ac.uk

General Seattle Club 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 and / or developmental 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 career’ researchers who have not yet had the opportunity to complete a study (via the award of a studentship).
  • All papers and posters must include the 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 during the conference.
  • All information is electronically distributed to keep costs as low as possible.
  • All participants who want to attend, whether first author or co-author, must register and pay in advance of the conference.
  • The Seattle Club conference is only open to residents from the UK and Ireland.


Further information

Further information
General information on the Seattle Club conferences can be found on the webpage: www.seattleclubconference.org
Seattle Club 2019 is being hosted by members of the CDLD Lab at UCL Institute of Education and If you have any queries regarding the conference, please email: j.vanherwegen@ucl.ac.uk

Organising Committee: Jo Van Herwegen, Katrina Scior, Vaso Totsika, Erica Ranzato, Paulien Eijckeler