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WELCOME

We are delighted to welcome you to a first of its kind: DCD15-IMDRC6, a joint conference of the International Motor Development Research Consortium and the International Society of Research and Advocacy for Development Coordination Disorder, which will take place 5-8th June in the beautiful, vibrant city of Ghent, Belgium.

With the theme “Thinking outside the box”, this event will bring together scientists and practitioners from different, yet adjacent, (research) fields focusing on the challenges and strengths of motor development, developmental coordination disorder and beyond.

We aim to share knowledge and expertise on (motor) development in children, adolescents, adults and elderly, from a holistic perspective, including motor, cognitive, socio-emotional, educational, health, and environmental perspectives.

We look forward to contributions on typical development, DCD and other neurodevelopmental conditions, and hope to welcome scholars, therapists, psychologists, paediatricians, teachers, movement scientists, families and patients eager to share their knowledge and lived experiences to improve the lives of each developing individual.

Prof. Matthieu Lenoir
Prof. Lynn Bar-On
Prof. Frederik Deconinck

IMDRC DCD trailer
Ghent city

KEY DATES

Call for abstracts

15 October 2023

Registration open

4 December 2023

Deadline for abstract submissions

15 January 2024 > 5 February 2024

Early registration deadline

8 March 2024 > 22 March 2024

Notification of acceptance

19 February 2024 > End of February 2024

Conference Days

5 – 8 June 2024

Welcome to The Bijloke Gent

The Bijloke radiates with its beautifully preserved historical grandeur, situated on the outskirts of the heart of Ghent. Thanks to a meticulous renovation, this location has transformed into a true architectural gem.

Bijloke exterior Ghent
Bijloke interrior Ghent

To get from Brussels to The Bijloke, you have several transportation options to consider.

BY TRAIN

  • Depart from Brussels-Midi train station to Gent-Sint-Pieters train station. This journey takes approximately 30-40 minutes.
  • From Gent-Sint-Pieters, you can take a taxi to the Bijloke, which takes about 10-15 minutes. Or you can take a tram or bus to the center of Gent. From here, it’s a short walk to The Bijloke

BY CAR

  • Take the E40 highway from Brussels heading towards Ghent
  • Follow the signs to Ghent and take the exit towards Ghent-centrum (Ghent Center)
  • Park your car in one of the parking garages near The Bijloke. There are several parking options available.

Find out more about traveling to Ghent

TRAVEL TO GHENT

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Organisation committee

Ghent University local team

Prof. Lynn Bar-On‍(co-chair)

Prof. Lynn Bar-On
(co-chair)

Together with Frederik and Matthieu, organising the conference in such a way that all that have something to tell will be given the platform to do so.

Looking forward to

Getting to know the members of the DCD and IMDRC societies and generating new ‘out of the box’ ideas for research with societal impact.

Prof. Matthieu Lenoir (co-chair)

Prof. Matthieu Lenoir (co-chair)

Making sure that every participant will return home with lots of enthusiasm, new ideas, and new friends. Teaming up with Lynn and Frederik for this purpose.

Looking forward to

(Re-)connecting with the IMDRC and DCD communities through academic and social activities of the conference.

Prof. Frederik Deconinck (co-chair)

Prof. Frederik Deconinck (co-chair)

Together with Lynn and Matthieu I am overseeing the overall organisation of the conference.

Looking forward to

Lively conversations, both during and after the conference, with or without Belgian speciality alongside.

Dr. Mireille Augustijn

Dr. Mireille Augustijn

Together with Griet I am managing the social media of the conference.

Looking forward to

Learning from and with each other during the formal as well as informal parts of the conference.

Dr. Eline Coppens

Dr. Eline Coppens

Together with Elly, Matthieu and Michelle, I am part of the early career researchers committee.

Looking forward to

Thrilled for our country's scientific conference! Learning, networking, and making it a success – it's the perfect blend of professional excitement and collaborative fun. Can’t wait for the dance floor fun!

Amy De Roubaix

Amy De Roubaix

Responsible for the teacher program (with Griet D. and Elly) and family day (with Griet D.).

Looking forward to

Looking forward to delving into the broader perspective of DCD, inspiring conversations with both academic and non-academic attendees, and showing off the best eats in our city (hit me up for recommendations!)

Grietje De Witte

Responsible for the teacher program (together with Amy and Elly) and the family day (together with Amy).

Looking forward to

Looking forward to meeting clinicians, parents and children and learning from each other.

Elly Van Hyfte

Elly Van Hyfte

Together with Eline, Amy and Grietje responsible for the teacher program.

Looking forward to

Attend discussions to gain insights and knowledge and off course attend social events and dinners to network in a more relaxed environment.

Michelle Verhoeven

Michelle Verhoeven

I am part of the early career researchers committee together with Elly, Matthieu and Eline.

Looking forward to

Gaining new perspectives on DCD research, having insightful discussions and hosting the conference in Ghent.

Griet Warlop

Griet Warlop

Together with Mireille I am managing the social media of the conference.

Looking forward to

Meeting researchers from all over the world in my home city and discussing future research directions in better understanding motor learning difficulties.

International Members of the Organisation Committee

Scientific committee