Reserve the dates!

The meeting will take place, but due to the COVID-19-pandemic it is currently not clear in which form: in the traditional live form, fully virtual or in a hybrid form.



Early detection: the significance of general movements assessment

Sebastian Schröder (München, Germany)
Clinical value of general movements assessment

Ying-Chin Wu (Taichung, Taiwan)
On the neural substrate of general movements

Early detection: other neurodevelopmental assessments

Kirsten Heineman (Groningen, the Netherlands)
The Infant Motor Profile – a guide in early detection and early intervention

Lilian Straathof (Groningen, the Netherlands)
The significance of muscle tone impairments in infancy

Annelies de Bildt (Groningen, the Netherlands)
Early recognition of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Joachim Pietz (Heidelberg, Germany) and Uta Tacke (Freiburg, Germany)
The clinical value of the Standardized Infant NeuroDevelopmental Assessment (SINDA)

Early detection of developmental disorders in specific groups of high-risk infants

Darlene Huisenga (Chicago, USA)
Early detection of developmental disorders in infants with complex congenital heart disorders

Brigitte Vollmer (Southampton, UK)
Prediction of developmental outcome in infants with neonatal hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy


Early detection: role of genetics and neonatal brain imaging

Han Brunner (Nijmegen, the Netherlands)
Role of genetics in early diagnosis of developmental disorders

Linda de Vries (Utrecht, the Netherlands)
The significance of brain lesions diagnosed on neonatal cranial ultrasound and neonatal MRI

General issues in early detection and early intervention

Heike Philippi (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Implementation of ICF-CY in developmental paediatrics

Helen Cross (London, UK)
Epilepsy at early age: signs, significance and intervention

Early intervention in the neonatal intensive care unit and in the post-discharge period

Fabrizio Ferrari (Modena, Italy)
Early intervention strategies in preterm neonates

Arie Bos (Groningen, the Netherlands)
Music therapy in the neonatal intensive care

Aleid Leemhuis (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Supporting parent-infant interaction in preterm infants

Application of assistive devices in early intervention

Gunilla Thunberg (Gothenburg, Sweden)
Early communication intervention – support to parents and children

Roslyn Livingstone (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Beginning power mobility in early intervention


Early intervention in high risk infants after discharge home

Anna Basu (New Castle upon Tyne, UK)
Early intervention after discharge: what might work?

Ann Christin Eliasson (Stockholm, Sweden)
How to provide and organise baby-CIMT in clinical practice

Monika Novak-Pavlic (Hamilton, Canada)
Supporting parents of young children with developmental disabilities – what’s the evidence?

Schirin Akhbari Ziegler (Winterthur, Switzerland)
Caregiver coaching in early intervention – the example of COPCA


Saturday September 11th 2021, in the afternoon Mijna Hadders-Algra will give her farewell lecture, i.e., the official lecture that announces the end of her appointment at the UMCG.

Practical information:

Date and venue

The meeting will take place on September 9-11, 2021 in the Auditorium “Blauwe Zaal” of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), signposted from its main entrance, Hanzeplein 1, NL-9713 GZ Groningen, The Netherlands. T +31 (0)50 3616161. The hospital is situated within the city centre of Groningen.

     Lunches will be served in the building. The prices of coffee, tea, lunches, reception, and a digital abstract booklet are included in the registration fees.

     Due to the COVID pandemic it is currently not clear whether the meeting will be a traditional live event, an online event, or a hybrid combination of live and online. The actual format will be determined when times allow.

Associated event: farewell lecture Mijna Hadders-Algra

The meeting ends on Saturday September 11th at 13.00 hr. On the afternoon of September 11th Mijna Hadders-Algra will give her farewell lecture, i.e., the official lecture that announces the end of her appointment at the UMCG.

     The event starts at 14.30 (see the programme on this website) and access is free. Yet, participants need to register in order to be able to participate. The language used is Dutch, but simultaneous translation into English is available. Also the format of this event is currently not clear: it will be a live event, an online event, or a hybrid combination of live and online.


Posters directly related to the subject of the meeting will be welcome. The poster session is organized in digital form with e-posters. Posters can only be accepted for presentation if a one-page abstract (A4, letter size 12pt, Word) has been received by us before June 1st, 2021 at the following e-mail address: Prior to June 15th 2021 you will be notified of the acceptance of your abstract. The abstracts will be collected in a digital booklet, and distributed at the start of the meeting.


Registration is online. Click on the orange button below.

Registration Desk in the UMCG

The Registration Desk will be sited at “the Fonteinpatio” of the UMCG. Opening times are as follows: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08.30 hours

Registration Fee

We offer two registration options: live attendance and online only. In case that the meeting will be hybrid with limited live attendance or online only, those who have booked for live attendance and will move to online attendance will get a refund of the difference in attendance fee between the two options.

LiveOnline only
– Physicians*, therapists, teachers, nurses € 395,- € 250,-
– Students (e.g., Master students, PhD-students)  € 150,-
* Physicians in training for specialist pay the fee for ‘other professionals’

Target groups

Paediatricians, neonatologists, (paediatric) rehabilitation physicians, (paediatric) neurologists, child psychiatrists, (paediatric) physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers and scientists in the field of human movement science and developmental neuroscience.  

Continuing Medical Education

Continuing Medical Education credits will be organized for professionals belonging to the following organizations: Nederlandse Vereniging van Revalidatieartsen (VRA), Nederlandse Vereniging voor Neurologie (NVN), Nederlandse Vereniging voor Kindergeneeskunde (NVK), Nederlandse Vereniging voor Psychiatrie (NVvP), Koninklijk Nederlands Genootschap voor Fysiotherapie (KNGF) and Stichting Accreditatie Deskundigheidbevorderende Activiteiten Paramedici (St ADAP), which also serves occupational therapists.

Delegate cancellation

Notification of cancellation should be made in writing to the Meeting organizers, to the attention of Ms. Ellen Wagenaar at Until July 21st, 2021: the registration fee will be refunded less € 50 administration fee. After July 21st, 2021: no refunds on registration will be made. No-shows will not be refunded.


The Meeting language will be English. There will be no simultaneous translation facilities.

Special Requirements

Please advise the Meeting organizers of any special dietary or physical requirements (Ms Ellen Wagenaar at

Cancellation of the Meeting

The organizers reserve the right to cancel the Meeting in case of any unpredictable event. With regard to the COVID-19-pandemic: we follow the guidelines of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. Please follow our website for details on whether the meeting will be entirely live, entirely online or in hybrid form.


The Meeting cannot accept any liability for personal injuries or for loss or damage to

property belonging to delegates, either during, or as a result of the Meeting. Please check the validity of your own personal insurance before travelling.

Further information

For further information contact:
Anneke Kracht: tel: +31 50 3614252; e-mail:

The deadline for registration is:

July 25th 2021