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2023 Conference

2023 Conference

The Seattle Club annual conference on intellectual and developmental disabilities will be held at the University of Birmingham on the 7th and 8th of December 2023

After a lengthy hiatus the 20th annual Seattle Club conference for research on intellectual and developmental disabilities will take place at the Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre at the University of Birmingham (UoB) and will be hosted by members of the Richards Lab at the University of Birmingham School of Psychology.

Abstract Submissions

We welcome submissions for poster or oral presentations from any researcher based in the UK or Ireland who has novel data relevant to the study of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Abstract submissions open on 4th August 2023 until 15th September 2023


Registration fees are expected to be £130 and includes conference dinner and poster reception as well as lunches and refreshments. Registration will open once abstract outcomes are announced, anticipated to be the end of September, and close on the 1st of December 2023.

Presenting authors will be expected to register to attend the Seattle Club Conference, and to forward registration information to co-authors who may wish to attend the conference. Places will be limited and registration will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Visit Birmingham provides travel and visitor information for the local area. The conference organisers will also provide a list of local hotels nearer the time, when registration opens at the end of September.


Studentships 2023

As a general rule only those with their names on an accepted abstract submission can attend Seattle Club conferences. An exception is made for five studentship places that will be offered to early career researchers who may benefit from attending the Seattle Club conference 2023 despite not currently having data to present.

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 (£130) but they do not cover accommodation or travel.

Applications will be invited between the 4th August 2023 until the 15th September 2023 .



We look forward to welcoming you to Birmingham in December!

The Seattle Club committee
(Caroline, Catherine, Kelly, Lauren, Lucy, and Stacey)