We aim to engage with stakeholders and people who work in the field of learning disabilities through hosting conferences and workshop events and we regularly take part in international congresses to share Observatory 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 increase awareness of the issues faced by people with learning disabilities in Scotland. 

Live Twitter chat on Inclusive Research - 8th June, 7-8pm

Join us for a Twitter chat on 8th June where we will be discussing Inclusive Research. Drawing on the recommendations from our Research Voices Citizens' Jury members and the findings from our evaluation of this project, we will be sharing ideas and thoughts about inclusive research and looking forward to hearing yours! 

Join us on Twitter from 7-8pm on 8th June, using the hashtag #ResearchVoices and tell us all about what successful inclusive practice means to you. Find out more about this event. 

SLDO Conferences


The Observatory hold regular national conferences 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