The Observatory engage with their stakeholders and people who work in the field of learning disabilities through holding conferences and workshop events and regularly take part in international congresses to share their research findings. 

The team also enjoy participating in local public engagement events that provide an opportunity to engage with people of all ages to share their research and to educate on the issues faced by people with learning disabilities in Scotland. 

SLDO Conferences


The Observatory hold an annual national conference to bring together experts and to share our research findings with stakeholders, third party organisations and those who work within the field of learning disabilities.

14th May 2019 - Building healthy communities

16th May 2017 - Integrating evidence, policy and practice

1st December 2015 - Better information, better health

Public Engagement Events


'Curiosity Live' is an annual event held to celebrate research, innovation and creativity going on in Glasgow and across Scotland, involving external Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professionals from universities and industry delivering engaging and educational activities to family audiences.

March 2019, Science Centre, Glasgow

November 2018, Science Centre, Glasgow

ESRC ‘Festival of Social Science’ engages with members of the public and especially young people, about the kind of social science research that takes place at the University of Glasgow.

November 2017, IKEA store, Glasgow

November 2016, The Barras, Glasgow

IASSIDD World Congress


The International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) is a world-wide group dedicated to the scientific study and promotion of research and exchange of information on intellectual disabilities.

August 2019, IASSID World Congress, SEC, Glasgow

August 2016, IASSID World Congress