In March 2018 the voting for the next INSAR President‐Elect will open and I hope as many members of INSAR will make the time to vote. All Full and Student members are eligible to vote in the election. This is your chance to influence the leadership of INSAR.I am delighted to say that the first INSAR Policy Brief is well underway. This is scheduled to be published following the INSAR 2018 Annual Meeting. The focus of this Policy Brief is autism and employment, which is an important topic for many reasons: a worryingly high percentage of autistic adults are unemployed, and we know that unemployment is a risk factor for poor mental health and contributes to a sense of exclusion from society, as well as affecting independence and feeling valued. We look forward to presenting a Policy Brief on this important topic later this year.INSAR is starting to prepare for the next Regional INSAR Meeting and the Call for Proposals will be opening soon. INSAR members will receive more details via email about the call.The INSAR 2018 Annual Meeting in Rotterdam is fast approaching. We recommend you make your hotel reservations now as rooms are going fast. Online registration for the Annual Meeting will open in March and preliminary program details will be announced in coming weeks. If you submitted an Abstract or applied for an Award, notifications of these will be announced by the end of February 2018. We have an exciting set of keynote speakers at the INSAR Annual Meeting this year: Geraldine Dawson, Rosalind Picard, and Mark Johnson.I am very happy to say that the Summer Institute 2018, with its popular virtual webinar series, will be continued in 2018. Watch for upcoming details about the program and dates.Finally, we have some new initiatives: First, the 2018 INSAR Summer Research Internship in Autism and Cultural Diversity: The call for applications closed on February 8th, and we will be making further announcements on this new program. Second, INSAR's Early Career Committee (ECC) have created a Global Ambassador Initiative to expand and support the involvement of early career researchers from diverse backgrounds and geographical locations. Finally, the ECC have created an Early Career Mentorship Program Pilot to build a tiered mentorship structure, so that early career researchers can get mentorship from senior established researchers.I would like to thank the INSAR Board, the Committees and the INSAR office for all their hard work behind the scenes.Simon Baron‐CohenINSAR President 2017‐2019Cambridge University, UK
Autism Research – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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