It Takes All Kinds Of Minds Conference

On 13 & 14 March 2023, Mindroom and the Salvesen Mindroom Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh hosted 1,000 delegates and more than 50 speakers at our international conference held at the EICC – It Takes All Kinds Of Minds (ITAKOM).

We’re delighted to provide you the keynote speeches, individual presentations, and panel sessions from the conference.

Ranging from internationally renowned neuroscientists, to celebrated artists and creatives and encompassing lived experience from a variety of perspectives, you can find presentations on the following themes: Neuroscience, Work/Employment, Education and Lived Experience/Community.


The Transdiagnostic Future of Neurodiversity Research – Professor Sue Gathercole
00:40 Prof Duncan Astle
02:02 Prof Sue Gathercole
The neurodivergent individual in their unique world | Keynote by Prof Sven Bölte
00:15 Introduction of Keynote from Prof Sue Fletcher-Watson
00:58 Prof Sven Bölte: The neurodivergent individual in their unique world


Creative Careers introduced by Sophie Dow
03:01 Prof Lotta Borg Skoglund – ADHD in the workplace
23:18 Charlotte Garnett – Handling it
42:14 Q&A chaired by Dr Bérengère Digard
No mind left behind…at work panel discussion facilitated by Aileen Shrimpton
Panel: Rosie MacRae & Andrew Lewin of SSE, Jen Mair of Martin Currie, Emma Smith & Claire MacPherson of Burness Paull


Lived Experience/Community

Quality in Services: A Career Perspective chaired by Sarah Eley
00:39 Ciara Lawrence – You’ll never achieve anything
14:12 Andrew McKechanie – The concept of “high quality” services in health and social care
36:17 Q&A
No mind left behind…at the clinic panel discussion chaired by Dr Andy Stanfield
Panel – Craig McDonald, Dr Ewelina Rydzewska, Prof Richard Chin & Dr Mary Doherty
03:45 – Questions

No mind left behind… in the community | Panel Discussion
Chaired by Dr Joe Long, Autism Scotland
Venessa Bobb, content developer and trainer
Frank McKillop, ENABLE Scotland
Dr Punit Shah, University of Bath/GW4 Neurodevelopmental Neurodiversity Network
Nanny Aut, Spectrum Gaming
Inclusive Learning chaired by Dr Katie Cebula
00:05 Introductions by Dr Katie Cebula
21:57 Jamie Marshall – Off to the beach: Surf Therapy
41:48 Q&A (including Alyssa Alcorn whose talk is included above)