SIG 15 Conference 2024

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Preliminary Program Overview (with sessions and poster details)

This program is provisional and subject to adjustments

Link to the program


EARLI SIG 15 Conference REGISTRATION is open:


Deadline for Early Bird Registration: June 15th, 2024

Registration Deadline: July 15th, 2024


EARLI SIG 15 Venue and Practicalities here:

EARLI SIG 15 Conference submission deadline extended until March 3, 2024

The deadline for submitting proposals has been extended from February 18th to March 3rd, 2024.

We are looking forward to receiving your proposals!


Joint Brown Bag Seminar with EARLI SIG 15 : "Print and Digital Struggling Readers"

Day and time: Tuesday, 27th February 2024, at 14 UK time / 15 CE(S)T / 16 EE(S)T)

The second joint SIG15 Brown Bag Seminar will prepare you for the SIG conferences hosted in Valencia, Spain. The SIG 2 (Comprehension of Text and Graphics) and SIG 15 (Special Educational Needs) conferences overlap in September 2024. It will be an excellent opportunity for both SIGs’ members to meet the organisers before the conference.

In this SIG 15 Brown Bag Seminar, four top researchers will present and discuss their reading research with a focus on special educational needs: Øistein Anmarkrud from Oslo University; Eliane Segers from Radboud University; Jarkko Hautala from Niilo Mäki Institute & University of Jyväskylä, Lalo Salmeron from the University of Valencia.

Registration and link for the online seminar:

Organizers: Nadina, Erica, Kati and Inma (Coordinators of the SIG 15_Special Educatinal Needs)


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Neurodiversity in Education: Research and Practice

The EARLI SIG15 will come to Valencia in September 2024 with the appealing theme of ‘Neurodiversity in Education: Research and Practice’.

"Neurodivergence" is a non-medical term that describes individuals whose brain develops or works differently from what is considered “neurotypical”. This term emphasises the fact that the human brain has natural variations in the way it processes information. This approach recognises conditions such as autism, dyslexia, ADHD or deafness as facets of human neurodiversity. Hence, through the neurodivergent lens, the educational approach towards children with, for example, autism, dyslexia, ADHD or deafness, both in research and in practice, emphasizes their strengths rather than their limitations.

The goal of the neurodivergent approach appears clear, yet the method of addressing it remains uncertain. The EARLI SIG15 Conference will provide researchers and practitioners with the opportunity to reflect in a robust and collaborative way on the neurodiversity perspective adopted in education by discussing questions such as: Is the neurodiversity perspective a useful epistemological framework?, Which is the purpose of depathologising neurodivergence?, Is it this new perspective applicable to all individuals within the neurodiverse spectrum in education?

The EARLI SIG15 Conference encourages researchers to submit their contributions in Special Educational Needs related to (but not limited to) the neurodiversity perspective. We welcome submissions about the following topics related to Special Educational Needs and neurodiversity in education, here are some examples of what could fit in the conference:

-Academic achievement (including, for example, maths, or reading)’s assessment and intervention for SEN students.
-Inclusive pedagogy and digitally supported learning.
-The influence of educational digital technology in the learning of students with SEN.
-Effects of school climate in the learning process.
-Influence of cognitive factors in academic functioning of students with SEN.
-Influence of socioemotional factors in academic functioning of students with SEN.
-Parental involvement and academic achievement of students with SEN
-The role of teacher vs student interactions,
-Societal and policy trends...

Please note that the conference theme and the mentioned topics are only meant to inspire submissions, but not to limit their scope. All proposals that address any question related to special educational needs could be considered as a potential submission for the conference!

News: This year there will also be the opportunity to view and test ICT demonstrations, so if you have developed an evidence-based App or tool, you will be able to show it to the conference attendees your demo during a designated time slot at the conference. Check our submission guidelines for more information.

Please note that the EARLI SIG15 Special Educational Needs conference will be held immediately before the EARLI SIG2 Comprehension of Text and Graphics, which will also take place in Valencia. We would like to take this opportunity to strengthen links between both communities, and we plan to organize combined activities, such as joint symposia and / or joint poster sessions, on topics such as struggling digital readers, multimedia to support comprehension of students with special needs, etc. Please contact the organizers if you would like to propose or to participate in such events.

We hope to welcome you in Valencia!


Deadline for Early Bird Registration: June 15th, 2024

Registration Deadline: July 15th, 2024

*Please check that your membership runs until the end of 2024 (EARLI membership runs from January 1st to December 31st)


Type of member

JURE members & PhD students*

EARLI members


*proof of membership/PhD student status will be required during registration

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Venue & Practicalities

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Conference Date:

September 2th to 4th, 2024

Conference Venue:

Facultad de Psicología y Logopedia


Av. de Blasco Ibáñez, 21, 46010 Valencia

Travel and Hotel Recommendations:

You can check the Travel Guide which includes information about 1) How to travel to Valencia, 2) Where is the venue, 3) How to move around the city, and 4) List of hotels and special discounts for the conference participants!

Link to Travel Guide here


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Emily Jones

Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, Faculty of Science/Centre for Brain & Cognitive Development; Birkbeck, University of London

Understanding early autism from the perspective of neurodiversity: Insights for education

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Department of Psychology, University of Essex

Speech-Sign Bilingualism: A Window into Neurodiversity


Barbara Arfé

Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation, University of Padova

Computational thinking and coding as tools of the mind

David Saldana

David Saldaña

Individual Differences, Language and Cognition Lab/Departamento de Psicología Evolutiva y de la Educación, Universidad de Sevilla

Autistic readers: Poor comprehension or poor comprehension of comprehension?

Workshops & ERI Lectura Summer-School

In parallel to the conference, from September 2nd to September 4th, the ERI Lectura team offers six workshops covering various topics. These workshops are directed to SIG2 and SIG15 participants, especially junior researchers.

For more information about topics, dates and registration fees, please, refer to the informative PDF (updated 18/04/2024):

ERI Lectura summer school SIG2 15


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Preliminary Program Overview (with sessions and poster details)

This program is provisional and subject to adjustments

EARLI SIG15 Conference Valencia 2024 Preliminary Program Overview

Last update: 10/06/2024 8:00 h

Important Dates

  • December 15th, 2023

  • March 3rd, 2024 (23:59, UTC +1) (extended)

  • April 21st, 2024

  • April 21st, 2024

  • June 15th, 2024

  • July 15th, 2024

  • July 20th, 2024

  • September 2nd - 4th, 2024

  • September 2nd - 4th, 2024

  • September 3rd, 2024 (8.30 p.m.)

Scientific Committee

The Coordination Team of the EARLI-SIG15 Conference acknowledges the valuable contribution of the reviewers who have helped in the scientific evaluation of manuscripts submitted to the Conference in 2024:

Pirjo Aunio, University of Helsinki
Dieter Baeyens, KU Leuven
Carmen Berenguer, University of Valencia
Friederike Blume, DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education
Jannis Bosch, University of Münster
Christian Brandmo, University of Oslo
Beatriz de Lucas, University of Barcelona
Inmaculada Fajardo, University of Valencia
Marwin Felix, Paderborn University
Mario Figueroa, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Laura Fluyt, KU LEUVEN
Nadina Gómez-Merino, University of Valencia
Brian Hibbs, Dalton State College
Yujia Hong, Leiden University
Henrik Husberg, University of Helsinki / Niilo Mäki Institute
Johan Korhonen, Åbo Akademi University
Karsten Krauskopf, Potsdam University of Applied Sciences
Martina Lattanzi, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele
Pu Meng, George Mason University
Christoph Müller, University of Fribourg
Patricia Pérez-Fuster, University of Valencia
Lien Peters, Ghent University
Evdokia Pittas, University of Nicosia
Isabel R. Rodríguez-Ortiz, Universidad de Sevilla
Erica Ranzato, University College London
Miriam Rivero-Contreras, University of Extremadura
Javier Roca, University of Valencia
Eva Rosa, University of Valencia
Eliane Segers, Radboud University
Francisca Serrano, Universidad de Granada
Manuel Soriano-Ferrer, University of Valencia
Kati Sormunen, University of Helsinki
Gaia Spicciarelli, Università degli Studi di Padova
Nadine Spörer, University of Potsdam
Mireille Tabin, University of Zurich
Anssi Vanhala, University of Helsinki
Marta Vergara, University of Valencia
Ávila Vicenta, University of Valencia
Petra Warreyn, Ghent University
Åsa Wengelin, University of Gothenburg
Anna Widlund, Åbo Akademi University
Carmen Zurbriggen, University of Fribourg

Organizing Committee

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Inmaculada Fajardo

University of Valencia

SIG 15 Coordinator

Nadina Gomez Merinoweb

Nadina Gómez-Merino

University of Valencia

Jure 15 Coordinator


Kati Sormunen

University of Helsinki

SIG 15 Coordinator

Erica Ranzato

University College London

JURE 15 Coordinator

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Dieter Baeyens

KU Leuven


Petra Warreyn

Ghent University

Evdokia Pittas

Evdokia Pittas

University of Nicosia


Christian Brandmo

University of Oslo

Local Committee

Viceta Avila W Eb

Vicenta Ávila

University of Valencia

Antonio Ferrer

Antonio Ferrer

University of Valencia

Patricia Pérez

Patricia Pérez-Fuster

University of Valencia

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Javier Roca

University of Valencia

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Eva Rosa

University of Valencia


Carmen Berenguer

University of Valencia

Laura Gil web

Laura Gil

University of Valencia

Amelia Maña

Amelia Mañá

University of Valencia

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Inma Fajardo

SIG Coordinator

University of Valencia

Nadina Gomez Merinoweb

Nadina Gómez

JURE Coordinator

University of Valencia


Lidia Altamura

University of Valencia


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Call for papers

The submission format will be the same for all presentation types (see below). To keep the workload for both participants and reviewers at a lower level, we decided to reduce the allowed length for the submission proposals:

Proposals should be no longer than 600 words, plus a brief abstract that is no longer than 60 words. The word limitation for the proposal does not include references or tables/figures (up to two), which can be added in a pdf file attachment.

The brief abstract should highlight just the main idea or important results of the research. It will be printed in the conference program.

Please note: Both empirical and theoretical contributions are welcome!

For empirical contributions, the proposal should be written concisely and include a brief background and the motivation for the conducted research as well as sufficient information regarding the research questions, design, sample, methods, and (if already present) results with important conclusions. Of course, it will not be possible to include a comprehensive theoretical background for the work in the short proposals and this is not expected. Please focus on making sure that the added value and the quality of your own research stand out in the submission.

For theoretical contributions, the proposal should be written concisely and include a review of previous literature with diverse perspectives on a topic and build on existing work in the field. They can include a data section, or extend the current theory literature without including data. It should become clear what is original about the contribution and why it is important with respect to theory and/or practice. In addition, it should highlight how the contribution is relevant to the SIG 15 topics in particular and the implications of the contribution for theory and/or practice.

Presentation Formats

The conference will have three presentation formats that will allow participants to present work in different stages and also make room to discuss work in progress.

Please note that authors will be asked to indicate which of the three presentation formats they prefer during the submission process. The final decision on the presentation format will be made based on the review results and the fit of the proposed work to the scope of the SIG 15 conference.

1) Oral Paper Presentation

This is the standard format that gives participants the opportunity to present and discuss the results from recently completed research as well as work in progress but in the late stages. The paper proposals that receive the most favorable reviews and that fit well to the conference’s scope will be allocated to the 20-minute oral presentation format (15 minutes presentation and 5 minutes discussion).

We will try to keep the conference single-tracked. Thus, invitations for oral presentations will be highly selective. Other paper proposals that fall within the scope of the conference and are of sufficient scientific quality will be invited to submit a poster or to symposia presentation.

2) Research Blitz with Poster

(Oral Single-Track Blitz + Poster Session)

The poster sessions will be of substantial length and scheduled at convenient times during the conference, making this a lively and interactive presentation format to present studies and make interpersonal connections. This format is perfectly suited to present new ideas or work in progress.

To make it possible to introduce the scope and highlights of the presented posters to the entire audience, each presenter will have a maximum of 3 minutes for a blitz-introduction to their research. The blitz session will take place before the poster sessions to raise interest and awareness of presented topics in order to support more lively discussions.

For the posters we recommend a maximum size of A0 (portrait or landscape format).

3) Demos: Demos/ICT Demonstrations allow presenters to display, explain and familiarise users with a potentially useful teaching or research tool or method. The presentation may include references to completed research, but the point of the presentation is to demonstrate the tool, not present the research for criticism. Demos will be scheduled individually in poster sessions.

Requirements for preparing an ICT demonstration: • An abstract of 60 words. • An extended summary of 600 words, detailing the purpose and the characteristics of the tool or method to be presented, the demonstration activities planned, and its significance for research and/or educational applications.

4) Symposia

Symposia present research on one topic or theme, providing a coherent set of papers for discussion. Symposium sessions consist of 3-4 oral paper presentations and the discussant’s contribution. For symposia, please submit an overarching abstract of 100-150 words describing the contents and purpose(s) of the symposium. Furthermore, please submit for each paper a short abstract of 60 words + extended summary of max. 600 words. Symposia are directed by a chairperson, who should be one of the presenters. In symposia, participants should come from at least two different countries. Please note that every participant must register individually.

Please Note: Number of Submissions

You are welcome to submit more than one proposal for the conference!

The number of co-authored presentations is not limited. However, the first author is expected to be the presenting author and to be registered for the conference.

How to Submit Your Proposal

To submit a proposal, you will need an EARLI account. If you do not have an EARLI account yet, simply create one here – it’s free of charge.

The SIG 15 conference submission system will open on December 15th, 2023.And will be open until February 18th, 2024 at 23h59 (UTC +1).

Note: All submissions should be completely anonymous to ensure a fair and blind review process. Therefore, please make sure that you do not include any names or institution names in your submission or in the attached pdf file.

Please adhere to the submission guidelines. Most importantly, make sure that your abstract is no longer than 60 words and the proposal (excluding references) is no longer than 600 words. If you wish to add references and tables/figures (up to two), you are invited to send them in a separate pdf file.

To submit your proposal via the EARLI system, please follow these steps:

  • Log into the EARLI system.
  • Go to “My submissions” and click on the right side on "+New Submission" (green button).
  • Select the correct conference (SIG 15 Conference 2024) from the list and click on "+New Submission" on the right side.
  • Fill in the form with the basic data for your proposal and click on "Save Draft" (green button).
  • Then click on "Paper Info" in the upper list and fill in the three fields (Abstract, Summary, and Accepting Formats).
  • Then go to "Paper Meta Data" (this only works if the previous fields have been filled in correctly) and enter the remaining information.
  • Either click on "Save Draft" for intermediate saving or "Save & Submit" to finally submit your proposal.

Please note: For each submission, a presenting author is needed. If your proposal is accepted, the presenting author will need to register for the conference in order to schedule the proposal.


Important criteria for the review process will be:

For empirical contributions:

  • Relevance for the domain of SIG 15 (Special Educational Needs)
  • Scientific quality of the research rationale and study design
  • Clarity, coherence, and conciseness of the submission
  • Significance for theory and practice
  • Soundness of research methods and design
  • Quality of (preliminary) analyses and conclusions

For theoretical contributions:

  • Relevance for the domain of SIG 15 (text and graphics comprehension)
  • Originality and quality of the research rationale
  • Clarity, coherence, and conciseness of the submission
  • Significance for theory (advancing the field) and practice
  • Soundness of theoretical argumentation
  • Quality of inferences

The reviewers will be asked to rate the respective criteria on a scale from 0–100%. However, if you are presenting work in progress, please clearly indicate the current state of the work and in which state you will be able to present the research to allow to consider this information in the review process.

Sponsors and Collaborators

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We are grateful to the associations and institutions that offer their sponsorship and support to the 2024 SIG15 Conference in Valencia.

  • SEPEX: Sociedad Española de Psicología Experimental [Spanish Society of Experimental Psychology]
  • UVdiscapacidad: Inclussion office of the University of Valencia.
  • Universidad de Valencia - Facultad de Psicología y Logopedia [University of Valencia - Psychology and Speech Therapy Faculty]


If you have any questions regarding the 2024 SIG 2 conference or other topics related to SIG 2, please feel free to contact us

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