In-Conjunction Events
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INSAR meeting registration is required to be eligible to attend these events.  Some require pre-registration and have limited availability.  All events are held at de Doelen ICC Rotterdam unless noted otherwise. 

Wednesday, May 9

Student & Trainee Pre-Conference Workshop - FULL
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Pre-registration required.  Seats are limited.

The INSAR Board of Directors and the Student and Trainee Committee (STC) are hosting the Annual Student & Trainee Pre-Conference Workshop. This is a three-hour workshop focused on promoting oneself in academia, including building skills such as networking, preparing a strong job talk and writing a CV/cover letter. This event will include a small group discussion with faculty from both the senior and junior level.  Registration and table assignments will be confirmed via email.

The career panel will include: Alison Singer, Craig Newschaffer, Matthew Lerner, Brigitta Gundersen, and Jill Locke

Small group facilitators will be: Adriana DiMartino, Sonya Girdler, Ilse Noens, Natalie Russo, Stephan Sanders, Michael Siller, Amy Van Hecke

Cultural Diversity Pre-Conference Workshop
Screening and Diagnostic Tools for ASD Research in Low and Middle Income Countries 

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Open – no pre-registration required. Seating is limited to 100 attendees.

The workshop will include a presentation by Professor Melissa Gladstone, Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Neurodisability and International Child Health at University of Liverpool, UK, followed by a facilitated group discussion.

Following the keynote speech, the workshop participants will engage in small group discussions under the guidance of facilitators from across the world, who are experts and have been involved in conducting research in this area. The workshop will end with a networking opportunity amongst participants.

Facilitators include: Lauren Franz, Rosa Hoekstra, Liz Jaramillo, Sowmyashree Mayur Kaku, Alexia Rattazzi, Sandra Vanegas, Maureen Samms-Vaughan, Petrus de Vries, Maureen Durkin

Cultural Diversity Meet & Greet
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Open – no pre-registration required

Join us prior to the opening reception to network in a smaller setting with others interested in cultural diversity topics.  Organized by the INSAR Cultural Diversity Committee.

Opening Reception & Exhibit Hall Opening
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM  Thursday, 10 May 2018

Open - No pre-registration required 

New this year, our exhibit hall will be opening on Wednesday night during the Opening Reception.  Come meet up with colleagues old and new, visit the exhibit booths and enjoy the evening's entertainment.  (Note:  the Exhibit hall will be open Wednesday - Friday this year.  There are no exhibit hall hours on Saturday so make your plans to visit the exhibits earlier in the conference).  Cash bar.

Thursday, May 10

Early Career Committee – Rapid Research Rounds Lunch Session
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm  Thursday, 10 May 2018

Note:  There will be an application process for participating in this session. 
Current INSAR members will be eligible to apply.  More details will be announced in April.

This event is for current INSAR members who are early career professionals. Attendees will be paired with 2 senior research reviewers and have the opportunity to present a research idea/paper concept for feedback from each reviewer.  Each attendee at the table will present their “elevator pitch” describing specific aims / grant idea, and receive direct feedback from the reviewer. Each round will last 10 minutes: 5 minutes for each attendee’s “elevator pitch” + 5 minutes for feedback/discussion from the reviewer (no slides, no handouts).

Early career is defined as "Faculty or non-academic professional autism researchers who are no longer students or early-stage postdocs but are still within 10 years of their terminal degree (Advanced postdocs, those beyond their first postdoc, are encouraged).”

Student “Meet-the-Experts” Luncheon - see details below
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm Thursday, 10 May 2018

Pre-registration required.  Seats are limited.

INSAR Student and Trainee Social
7:00 PM Thursday, 10 May 2018, Arminius at Museumpark 3  (note offsite location)

Open - No pre-registration required 

All INSAR Student and Trainee members are invited to join us for an evening of informal socializing and networking with other trainees actively engaged in autism research. We have rented a private space at the Arminius for this event. Come and make connections with other students and trainees while enjoying Dutch cuisine in a building that brings together historic and modern Rotterdam! Food is free and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. Vegetarian and gluten-free options provided. No ticket required. Located within walking distance (12 minutes) from the conference hotel.
This event is hosted by the INSAR Student & Trainee Committee. Funds for complimentary food were generously provided by the INSAR Board of Directors. Cash bar.

Friday, May 11

Student “Meet-the-Experts” Luncheon - see details below
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm Friday, 11 May 2018

Pre-registration required.  Seats are limited.


Autism Community Stakeholder* Luncheon
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm Friday, 11 May 2018

Open - No pre-registration required 

Autism stakeholders are invited to attend the 9th annual Stakeholder* Luncheon. This event is organized by members of the INSAR Community Advisory Committee (CAC) as an avenue to bridge the gap between scientists and members of the autism community. Pre-registration is not required. Bring your lunch with you to the session. Hosted by the INSAR CAC. *The term “stakeholder” has various definitions. In the context of the CAC, a stakeholder is someone who is affected by or has a personal investment in autism.


Cultural Diversity Networking Luncheon
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm Friday, 11 May 2018

Open - No pre-registration required 

Come and network with others interested in cultural diversity. Bring your lunch to the room. No pre-registration required.


Autism Research Author Workshop
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Friday, 11 May 2018

Open - No pre-registration required 

This workshop will cover everything you need to know on how to publish your next paper, including an overview of best practices for writing and submitting your paper, and maximizing the impact of your research.  Session supported by Wiley, publisher of our society journal, Autism Research.


Thursday, May 10 & Friday, May 11

Student “Meet-the-Experts” Luncheons  A few spots remaining (as of 21 March 2018)
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm  Thursday, 10 May & Friday, 11 May 2018

Pre-registration required.  Seats are limited.  INSAR Student members only.

Research assistants, student scientists and postdoctoral researchers, bring your lunch, and network with expert autism scientists in a unique and informal format. Sit at a roundtable with the autism expert of your choice, who will share experiences about their career, research from their laboratory, and advice on how to build a successful research career.  This session is open to current INSAR Student members. Registration and table assignments will be confirmed via email prior to the event.

Thursday, May 10th:  Kevin Pelphrey, Stephan Sanders, David Amaral, Emily Jones, Katarzyna Chawarska, Gordon Ramsay, Mayada Elsabbagh, Mark Johnson, Sue Fletcher-Watson, Edward S. (Ted) Brodkin

Friday, May 11th: John Constantino, Mirella Dapretto, Joaquin Fuentes, Jed Elison, Jonathan Green, Liz Pellicano, Lauren Turner-Brown, Geraldine Dawson, Shafali Jeste, Diana Robins

NOTICE: Registration for trainee events is on a first-come, first-serve basis for current INSAR Student and Trainee Members (i.e., trainees enrolled in training programs at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate or post-graduate or postdoctoral level involving ASD research). Space is limited and there are often many trainees wait-listed to participate in events. As such, it is imperative that you notify the Student & Trainee Committee if you are unable to attend an event for which you are registered so that open spaces can be filled. Failure to notify us prior to the event may result in denial of registration for future INSAR trainee events.


Saturday, May 12

INSAR Annual Business Meeting
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm  Saturday, 12 May 2018

INSAR members are invited to the society's annual business meeting to hear an update on INSAR year round activities.  We will also recognize newly inducted INSAR Fellows, incoming and outgoing board members and organizers of this year's meeting.  Bring your lunch to this session. 

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