Prof Patricia Howlin

Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK

Patricia Howlin is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Child Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College. Her principal research interests focus on the long-term prognosis for individuals with autism spectrum and other developmental disorders and on developing intervention programmes that may help to improve outcome. Professor Howlin is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, President of the Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes and past Chair of the UK Association of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. She is a founding editor of the journal “Autism” and author of over 200 research publications. Recent awards include the INSAR Life-time Achievement Award and the Kanner -Asperger medal from the German, Austrian, Swiss Society for Research in Autism Spectrum Conditions.



Dr Peter Vermeulen

Autisme Centraal, Belgium

Dr Peter Vermeulen is a Senior lecturer at Autism Centraal, Belgium, and currently the Chief Editor of their bi-monthly magazine “Autisme Centraal”. He is also the President of the editorial board of the Belgian-Dutch Journal of Special Education, Child Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology. He has a Masters in Science, a PhD in Psychology and Educational Sciences, and has worked with people with ASD and their families for more than 30 years. Peter is an internationally respected lecturer/trainer and he presents all over Europe and beyond. He has written more than 15 books and several articles and books on autism including: "This is the title: on autistic thinking” (2001), “I am Special: handbook for psycho-education” (2000, revised edition 2013), and “Autism as context blindness” (2012), a book than won several awards in the USA.





Dr Damian Milton

National Autistic Society, UK

Damian works part-time for the Tizard Centre, University of Kent as a Lecturer in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and for the National Autistic Society (NAS) as Autism Knowledge and Expertise Consultant. Damian also teaches on the MA Education (Autism) programme at London South Bank University and has been a consultant for the Transform Autism Education (TAE) project and a number of projects for the Autism Education Trust (AET). Damian’s interest in autism began when his son was diagnosed in 2005 as autistic at the age of two. Damian was also diagnosed with Asperger’s in 2009 at the age of thirty-six. Damian’s primary focus is on increasing the meaningful participation of autistic people and people with learning disabilities in the research process and chairs the Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC). In January 2018, Damian also took up the role of Project Leader on the National Autistic Taskforce (NAT).




Prof Mark Brosnan

Centre for Applied Autism Research, UK

Professor Mark Brosnan is Director of the Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath (UK). CAAR is the newest research centre in the UK and the only one dedicated to applied research that impacts upon the lives of those from the autistic community. Professor Brosnan’s focus has been on engaging with the autistic community to co-develop digital technologies through a process of participatory design. Professor Brosnan is an internationally-leading scholar in this area, having published widely for over 15 years.





Prof Christine Bigby

La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia

Professor Christine Bigby is Director of the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Her research explores the social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities, both during adulthood and into later life. She has published extensively on design of programs to support community participation, and effectiveness of front line practice in supported accommodation services.