Poster guidelines: Advice for contributing a poster to the Inside Out: Autistic identities, participatory research & gender – two day conference July 2019

Two day conference with a difference

Inside Out:

Autistic identities, participatory research & gender



  • You may be a practitioner who has been working with autistic people and want to share your work with others…
  • You may be have done or be doing participatory research working with the autistic community…
  • You may be an autistic researcher wanting to share your work and approaches…
  • You may have been engaged in some practice innovations and want to think about how research might fit with this…
  • You may have been reading about some interesting ideas and thinking about how they might influence your practice…
  • You may have a plan for a possible piece of research but would like to benefit from the ideas and experience of others…
  • You may have used or learned about an interesting creative method of engaging with research and have ideas about ways to use these in relation to work on autistic identities…
  • You may have taken part in some research and want to reflect on this experience…
  • You may be interested to think about ethical, equality, diversity, inclusion and political issues around research and practice…
  • You may want to reflect on your experience of doing (or not doing) research…

Whatever your interest, or however little or far you think you have travelled along your research-practice journey, we would like to encourage you to contribute to a poster session at the INSIDE OUT conference.

The idea is for the posters to create a forum for different ways and levels of thinking about relationships between research and practice. We are keeping the format quite flexible, so it could include traditional A1 or A0 poster formats but can also include any other ways of representing ideas and engaging people in conversation in a shared space – a piece of art; photographs; short video and so on.

Please see the guidelines for poster submissions below.

Guidelines for the Preparation of Posters

Poster submissions. We welcome experienced poster presenters as well as those who have not presented at a conference before. We hope poster submissions – individual or collaborative – will be a supportive and engaging opportunity to present your work-in-progress or preliminary ideas.  The poster forum will be an occasion for presenters and participants to discuss their research and/or practice work, questions and findings and get feedback and suggestions about how to enhance their work. The posters will be on display for the duration of the conference. There will be an opportunity to present your poster through a 1-minute introduction.

Contributions are invited in the form of posters or creative resources/artefacts* from projects that engage with the conference themes, issues and questions. These might include (but are not confined to):

  • Creative practices with autistic participants
  • Participatory research, neurodiversity and inclusive practices
  • Ethical issues in participatory autism research
  • Creative research methodologies and neurodiversity
  • Gender, sexuality and neurodiversity
  • Monotropism and related concepts
  • Interdisciplinary and inclusive research outcomes

When presenting posters, you might consider including the following:

For practice-based and creative methods posters please include:

What is the practice about?: Background to the practice, influences, objectives, rationale

Who is it for? Who is the audience for the work and how has it been produced?

How have you approached the work creatively? Outline the creative approach, potentially making reference to any challenges you have faced, strategies and solutions identified.

When: Time frame for the practice

Why is the practice important: How will you reflect and evaluate the practice? What are the: main points for discussion, reflections and implications that can be drawn and what are the implications for the future.

Where will the practice be disseminated? How has the practice been documented? What is the dissemination plan and how will this include the autistic community?  

For research-based posters

What is the research about? Objectives & questions

Who is it for and why is it needed? Who is the audience for the work and who are the participants? Is it interdisciplinary?

How have you approached the research? Outline the methods. How is the research participatory? what materials are employed (if appropriate), methods of data collection and analysis.

When: Time frame for the research

Why is it important: Findings/Results/conclusions/further work

For qualitative studies briefly describe your analysis/ findings (e.g., themes, categories, discourses identified) and/or main challenges. For quantitative studies include numerical and/or textual data; these could preliminary data. State any conclusions that can be drawn from the study at the current stage, including theoretical, methodological, or applied/policy implications as appropriate and any key limitations of the study.

Where will this be disseminated? What is the dissemination plan and how will this include the autistic community?  

Ethical clearance must have been given and be stated on the poster, and ideally data collection must have started for the poster to be meaningful (e.g. preliminary data, pilot study).

Proposals for contributions are invited in the form of 150-word abstracts. These need to outline the rationale, content and form of the work to be featured (poster or creative artefact/resource* – guidelines for creative artefacts/resources found here).

Please send proposals for contributions to with the subject line “Inside Out Proposal”. The deadline for proposals will be Friday 24 May 2019. Please note the preferred language for this event is identity first (i.e. autistic person/s).

* Artefacts: Examples of creative/practice-based contributions to the Day 2 event will be considered for inclusion in a tool box of creative resources for working with neurodiverse (comprising neurodivergent and neurotypical) groups – detail of what this creative box might look like found here.