The biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) will be held in Austin, TX April 6-8, 2017.

For the last SRCD meeting in 2015, through HDIN, we put together an excellent symposium presenting results of child development interventions in LAMICs, including presentations by Maureen Black, Milagros Nores, Muneera Rasheed, and myself. However, I think we all noticed that research from LAMICs was vastly under-represented at the meeting and we would love to see a greater presence of the international community of researchers, especially those working among the world’s most vulnerable children.

To facilitate collaboration and the development of symposium ideas, we have created a google spreadsheet that can be edited by members of the network and beyond to add ideas for symposium topics and abstracts that fall within the scope of HDIN. The link to the google spreadsheet will be shared via email with the HDIN community and all subscribers to the listserve. You can become a member or just sign up for email updates at HDIN.org. Should you be interested in partaking, but not interested in becoming a member of HDIN or subscribing to receive updates, please contact me directly and I will share the link. As per HDIN policy posts are visible to and links are clickable by anyone, including spammers. Hence, this is an attempt to keep the google sheet within a human community as best possible. Should you have any problems accessing the google sheet, please leave a comment to this post including your contact info and the paper/symposium topic you would like to propose and I’ll add you to the list.

The abstract deadline is August 9, so we have some time to gather ideas. Once we get closer to the date, we will facilitate those of you who have shared ideas to be in touch with each other to organize and submit symposia.

We know Texas is a long way for many of you to travel, but there are some travel awards available that you can apply for should your paper or symposium be accepted.

I hope many of you post ideas to the google sheet and we can put some interesting symposia together!

With best regards,

Beth Prado

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