"ABC'21 Goes Hybrid"


The Asia-Pacific Babylab Constellation (ABC) is a community of researchers, research postgraduate students, and clinical practitioners working in the areas of communicative, social, and cognitive development in infants and young children in the Asia-Pacific region. Our mission is to provide a platform for collaboration among researchers from the Asia-Pacific region and international colleagues interested in research projects involving languages and cultures in the Asia-Pacific region. ​​

The second ABC conference will be held at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China from December 2 to 4, 2021 in a hybrid format. This conference will focus on a wide range of topics in the area of acquisition and development of language and cognitive skills in typical and atypical populations, including but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Language Disorder, Developmental Dyslexia, and Hearing Impairment. We are seeking abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Abstracts outside of this year’s focus will also be considered. We welcome both complete and in-progress experimental and clinical research with infants, toddlers, and pre-school and school-age children using either group or single-case designs.

The three-day Conference will feature the following activities:

  • Keynote sessions (in-person and online presentations)
  • Oral presentations (in-person and online presentations)
  • Interactive poster presentations (pre-recorded presentations with online chat sessions)
  • Career development roundtable (online chat session)

Our hybrid format gives attendees flexibility to plan their travels as they monitor the COVID-19 situation. Regardless of the format of attendance, ABC '21 promises to continue to provide a platform for researchers in our region to interact and exchange new ideas. 

Keynote Speakers


Professor Joan Luby

Professor Tony Charman
Featured Keynote

King’s College London

Getting answers from babies about autism


Professor Joan Luby

Professor Sue Hespos

Northwestern University
Western Sydney University

Some things don’t change: emphasizing continuity through development




Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule
(Update: 30 Nov, 2021)

Posters and Videos for Poster Sessions

Info for Presenters


Oral Sessions 
15-min presentations to be delivered online or in-person.  Live streaming will be available for all presentations.

Poster Sessions
A 5-min pre-recorded video (mp4 format) and a poster (pdf format) will be posted on our website for each presentation.  Live interactive chat sessions will be scheduled.  Presenters are requested to provide their video recordings and posters by Nov 15.


Key Dates


  • Abstract submission: 15 May – 6 Sept 2021 (extended)
  • Notification of abstract acceptance:  31 October 2021
  • Online registration deadline:  31 October 2021 (please choose online or in-person attendance by this time)
  • Conference dates: 2 December – 4 December 2021

Abstract Submission and Presentation Formats


Attendees will be the first/presenting author on one oral or poster presentation only. Abstracts must not exceed 250 words and they can include up to 1 figure. Each abstract should include components of research purposes, method, findings or expected findings and implications. Abstract submission will open from 15 May - 6 September 2021.

Easychair System

Conference Registration


Conference registration will be opened after Sept 6 with 31 Oct 2021 as the deadline. At registration, please indicate whether you will attend online or in person. Registration will be free.

Although the regular registration deadline has passed, registration for online participation is still possible for non-presenters.  Please follow the link below. 


Accommodation and Travel


Please note the latest restrictions and quarantine requirements for coming into Hong Kong https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html
Hotel options (please book through hotel directly)


Venue & Zoom Links


In-person Participation
Brain and Mind Institute
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
4/F Hui Yeung Shing Building
Shatin, NT, Hong Kong SAR, China

Introduction, Keynote & Oral Sessions
Meeting ID: 977 0022 8906
Passcode: 736353
* You will receive a Zoom Webinar link after registration, please use the link provided in the confirmation email.

Career Development Roundtable and Poster Session
https://cuhk.zoom.us/j/94501652989?pwd=WVpKV1BYdzcwYm00OVJBN2VCcVE2Zz09 (updated)
Meeting ID: 945 0165 2989
Passcode: 756042


Conference Organizing Committee


  • Patrick C. M. Wong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Denis Burnham, Western Sydney University
  • Marina Kalashnikova, Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, and Language
  • Shelley Xiuli Tong, The University of Hong Kong
  • Angela Xiaoxue He, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Regine Yee King Lai, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Cheung Hin Tat, The Education University of Hong Kong

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