We have organized nine International Scientific Symposiums sofar. Now we have great pleasure to invite you to the 10. International Scientific Symposium on:

„Psychological, Genetic and Neurological Aspects of ASD Diagnosis”

Symposium will be held in Gdańsk, Poland on October 19-20, 2018.

The Symposium is organised by the Institute for Child Development and University of Gdańsk.

We will have the honour to host many outstanding specialists and researchers from Poland and abroad: Prof. Katarzyna Chawarska, Prof. Lucina Q. Uddin, Prof. Svein Eikeseth, Prof. Per Holth, Prof. Wlodzislaw Duch, Prof. Ewa Pilarska, Dr Anna Budzińska, Dr Andy Shih, Dr Kevin Brothers.

The Symposium will be conducted in English and Polish. Lectures and presentations will be interpreted simultaneously.

Symposium venue: University of Gdańsk, Institute of Psychology, 4 Bażynskiego Street in Gdańsk

We would like to kindly invite professionals, researchers, people with ASD, parents, caregivers, students, volunteers and all persons interested in autism issues – join us in Gdansk on October 19-20!

Registration is open - here

There is a special reduced symposium fee for persons with ASD, their parents/carers and students!

More information - here


October 19, 2018 / Friday

8.15AM - 9.00AM Registration of participants
9.00AM - 9.20AM

Opening of the Symposium

  • dr Anna Budzińska (Director of the Institute for Child Development, Gdańsk),
  • prof. Mariola Bidzan (Director of the Institute of Psychology, University of Gdańsk)
  • Mr Pawel Adamowicz, Mayor of the City of Gdańsk (tbc)
9.20AM – 9.40AM „Autism. Everyone has his/her own Mount Everest” (documentary film show)
9.40AM – 11.00AM

prof. Wlodzislaw Duch (Neurocognitive Laboratory, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń / Poland)

Introductory lecture: „Critical review of current ASD theories”

11.00AM – 12.00AM

Andy Shih, Ph. D. (Autism Speaks, US)

„The global autism public health agenda: What’s on the horizon?”

12.00 AM – 12.20PM coffee break / poster session
12.20 PM – 1.20 PM

Jacob Vorstman, Ph. D. (The Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Canada)

„Genetic findings in autism”

1.20 PM – 2.20 PM

Katarzyna Chawarska, Ph. D. (Yale University, US)

“In search of early markers of autism spectrum disorder”

2.20PM – 3.00PM lunch break / poster session
3.00 PM – 3.30 PM

Kevin Brothers, Ph. D. (Somerset Hills Learning Institute, US)/ASAI

„Alliance for Scientific Autism Intervention”

3.30 PM – 4.15 PM

Anna Budzińska, Ph. D., Anita Michalska, Karolina Wróbel, (Institute for Child Development in Gdańsk, Poland)

„The newest diagnostic tools applied in the Counselling Center of the Institute for Child Development”

4.15 PM – 5.00 PM

Joanna Brzoskowska, Magdalena Mętkowska-Walewska, (Psychological and Pedagogical Counselling Centre in Gdańsk, Poland)

„The role of Psychological and Pedagogical Counselling Centre in the diagnostic process of children and youth with ASD”


October 20, 2018 / Saturday

9.00AM – 9.30AM

Zsuzsanna Szilvasy, President of Autism-Europe

„The things we do and we do not. How has our perspective about autism changed in Europe since the foundation of Autism - Europe?”

9.30AM – 10.30AM

Luccina Uddin, Ph. D. (University of Miami, US)

„Brain connectivity and cognition in autism”

10.30AM – 11.30AM

prof. Ewa Pilarska (Medical University of Gdańsk, Poland)

„Neurological disorders in autism”

11.30AM - 11.45AM coffee break
11.45AM – 12.30PM

Svein Eikeseth, Ph. D. (Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway)

„Psychological aspects underlying the autism spectrum diagnosis”

12.30PM – 1.15 PM

Kevin Brothers, Ph. D. (Somerset Hills Learning Institute, US)

„The teenage years: have no fear, just prepare – and other data-based advice”

1.15 PM closing ceremony

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