Event Closes in


May 20 - 21, 2021


About the Event

Over two days we will bring together hundreds of researchers and professional from around the globe. You will be able to view all presentations, as well as hearing from speakers and keynote addresses. Delegates will also have the opportunity to participate in Q&As, interact with exhibitors, and network with a global community of experts.


Thursday 20 May 2021

  08.00 - 08.30

Registration (Exhibitors and Posters)

  08.30 - 08.45

Opening Address

  08.45 - 9.15

Keynote #1 - A novice’s thoughts

Nick Posford

  09.15 - 10.45


Dr Sharon McMurray

Learning to spell
(Co-authors - Jarman, Carew, Phillips)

Interactive Research Papers: Positive Dyslexia

Susanna Cederquist - Strengths and dyslexia - the whole picture

- Dyslexic Strengths needed in the past and the future
- Supporting student growth through a strength-based approach
- The WHOLE Picture in Singapore
- Dyslexia, the Whole Picture and the 360 degree Perspective

On Demand / Live chat sessions

  10.45 - 11.15

Break - Exhibitors and Posters

  11.15 - 12.00

On Demand / Live chat sessions

  12.00 - 13.30


Dr Georgia Niolaki

Typical and atypical spelling across different needs and languages (Co-authors - Vousden, Terzopoulos, Taylor, Masterson)

Interactive Research Papers: Interventions

Dr Abiodun Adewunmi

Effect of Shared Reading on Vocabulary Acquisition of Pupils with Dyslexia in Ibadan, Nigeria

Prof John Stein

Unique Yellow or Blue Filters for poor readers - interim report on a Double Blind, Randomised Control, Trial

Dr Asimina Vasalou

How do different learner groups process instructional feedback in a literacy game?

Maria Vazeux

Syllable-first rather than letter-first to improve phonemic awareness

Interactive Research Papers: Interventions

Dr Sharon McMurray

Learning to Read: A proactive approach to prevent reading failure

Chunyang Liang

The Effectiveness of an English Intervention Program for Emergent Mandarin-English Speakers

Grace Elliott

Reading for Meaning: Interventions to ameliorate children’s reading comprehension difficulties

  13.30 - 14.00

Lunch - Exhibitors / Posters / On Demand

  14.00 - 14.45

Keynote #2 - How the brain deciphers written words: a brain-imaging perspective

Prof Stanislas Dehaene

  14.45 - 16.15


Prof Anna Barnett

The assessment and teaching of writing skills
(Co-authors - Esposito, Herbert, Sumner, Prunty, Nightingale, Canniford, Dockrell, Stuart)

Interactive Research Papers: Writing

Dr Audrey Mazur- Palandre

Information flow in written text production: the case of the dyslexic students in higher education

Dr Paz Suárez-Coalla

Quality of written texts by Spanish children with dyslexia

Sophie Hall

The Writing Beliefs of UK Higher Education Students with and without Dyslexia.

Interactive Research Papers: Emotional Wellbeing / Other Talents

Kristl Kirk

Decoding music education with dyslexic students: Exploring dyslexic strengths within instrumental music lesson

Craig White

Dyslexia & Orchestral Musicians

Shae Wissell

Adults with dyslexia: A snapshot of the demands on adulthood in Australia

  16.15 - 16.30

Break - Exhibitors and Posters

  16.30 - 17.15

On Demand / Live chat sessions

  17.15 - 18.00

Keynote #3 - Teaching Writing to Students with Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities

Prof Steve Graham


Day 1 / Live sessions close

Friday 21 May 2021

  08.00 - 08.45

Registration (Exhibitors and Posters)

  08.50 - 09.00

Welcome to day 2 - highlights from day 1 - Nick Posford

  09.00 - 09.45

Keynote #4 - Dyslexia, Leisure Time Reading, Reading Resistance, and Technology

Prof Adriana Bus

  09.45 - 11.15


Prof Julia Carroll

Emotional wellbeing in individuals with literacy difficulties: Risk Factors and Support
(Co-authors - Thompson, Wood, Soares, Boyes, Badcock, Francis, Hudson, Kohnen, Mobach, McArthur, Leitao, Claessen, Dzidic, Nayton, Torppa)

Interactive Research Papers: Technology

Prof Gilles Richard

Can We Use AI to Detect Dyslexia in Children’s reading?

Sarah-Anne Evans

Experiences of emergency online learning during Covid-19 for University students recently diagnosed with dyslexia

Dr Stefanie Jung

Writing mode: Does it affect children with and without developmental dyslexia comparably?

Interactive Research Papers: Executive Functions

Lisa Jacobs

The Lifelong Learning Experiences of Students with Dyslexia in UK Higher Education.

Dr Carol Leather

Adult dyslexia: literacy, language and executive functioning

Ellen Reynor

Supporting Dyslexia in the classroom: Findings from a study of RAN and Executive Functions in pupils with dyslexia and literacy difficulties.

Margot De Rom

The relationship between inhibition and reading at the word and sentence levels

Fiona Falkingham

Dealing with work stress: the job demands and job resources of dyslexic employee

  11.15 - 11.30

Break - Exhibitors and Posters

  11.30 - 12.15

On Demand / Live chat sessions

  12.15 - 13.45


Prof Rod Nicolson

Strengths and Dyslexia: The What and the Why
(Co-authors - Stein, Eide, Eide, Fawcett, Agahi, Piacesi)

Interactive Research Papers: Neuropsychology / physiology

Claire Gosse -

Investigating children with dyslexia’s writing difficulties: an fMRI experiment

Dr Marianna Stella

Sentence comprehension and eye movements in adolescents with dyslexia

Angelica Benson

A Comparative Analysis of 7112 Dyslexics to a Population of Dyslexics from 9 Neuroscientific Studies

Posters / Exhibitors / On Demand

  13.45 - 14.15

Lunch - Exhibitors / Posters / On Demand

  14.15 - 15.00

Keynote #5 - What we know and don’t know about Developmental Dyscalculia

Prof Daniel Ansari

  15.00 - 15.45

On Demand / Live chat sessions

  15.45 - 16.00

Break - Exhibitors and Posters

  16.00 - 17.30


Associate Prof Sue Johnson-Wilder

Understanding cognitive and emotional barriers to learning maths:
becoming part of the solution (Co-authors - Hunt, Maloney, Petronzi, Baker, Lee)

Interactive Research Papers: Phonological Awareness

Dr Sharon McMurray

The concept of reading disability as decoding text and as a term that should be used to describe children who struggle to learn to read is reductionist and fundamentally flawed.

Isabella Barry

Is it Hair or Hare? Predicting spelling ability with a new test of word spelling processes in poor readers and spellers.

Dr Ian Mundy

Exploring the phonological profiles of children with reading difficulties: A multiple case study

Margot Fromont

Decoders are less efficient in RAN objects than children using orthographic processing

Posters / Exhibitors / On Demand

  17.30 - 18.15

KEYNOTE #6 - Writing and dyslexia. How poor spelling can constrain writing success

Prof Vince Connelly


Day 2 / Live sessions close

Full Programme

Frequently Asked Questions

The International Conference is taking place from 20-21 May 2021 as a virtual event.
You can book tickets online now. If you have any queries please email interc@bdadyslexia.org.uk
As stated on this page before we cannot be held liable for any travel, accommodation or other related expenses that may be incurred as a result of the COVID-19 situation.
If notified by email (interc@bdadyslexia.org.uk) the following refunds are available:
75% refund up to 120 days prior (20 January 2021)
50% refund up to 90 days prior (19 February 2021)
25% refund up to 60 days prior (21 March 2021)
No refund if within 60 days
You cannot transfer your registration/ticket to another person.
If you need to change your email address or contact information, please contact interc@bdadyslexia.org.uk.
You can find all the details on our ticket information page. Early bird rates are available until 30 November 2020
Over two days we will bring together hundreds of researchers and professional from around the globe. You will be able to view all presentations, as well as hearing from speakers and keynote addresses. Delegates will also have the opportunity to participate in Q&As, interact with exhibitors, and network with a global community of experts.
If you have any further questions, please just email interc@bdadyslexia.org.uk