2023 Partners' Seminar Series - Climbing & Neurodiversity

Update: Q&A Available

26 May 2023: You can now download the Climbing & Neurodiversity Q&A document covering all outstanding questions from the seminar.

Update: Recording Available

6 April 2023: Thank you to everyone who joined us live for the first partners’ seminar on Climbing & Neurodiversity. For those who weren’t able to make it on the day, you can now watch the recording on the ClimbScotland YouTube Channel.

Climbing & Neurodiversity Seminar


The ABC, NICAS and our other funded partners are excited to introduce the first talk in our 2023 Partners' Seminar Series, kicking off with a discussion about neurodiversity and climbing.

  • Date: Tuesday 28 March 2023
  • Time: 10.00am to 11.30am

Join us online on March 28th for an amazing line-up of speakers from coaches to the climber’s perspective, followed by a panel discussion featuring all our keynote speakers.

It's going to be a thought provoking event so put the date in your diary now - no booking required. Seminar link will be made available on our social media nearer to the date. (Check for updates on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.)

Who's on the panel?

  • Juan Avendano - NICAS trustee and climbing consultant
  • Alex Hithersay - climbing coach
  • Robert MacKenzie - Climb Scotland
  • Chris Shepperd - neurodiverse climber
  • Alex West - BMC


  • 9.50 - We'll be starting promptly at 10am so join early with a cuppa
  • 10.00 - Welcome from our host: Robert MacKenzie, ClimbScotland
  • 10:05 - Keynote: Alex West, BMC - An introduction to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)
  • 10.20 - Keynote: Chris Shepherd - The Climber's View
  • 10.35 - Keynote: Alex Hithersay, The Works
  • 10.50 - Panel of keynote speakers, also introducing Juan Avendano
  • 11.25 - Wrap up

View the full Agenda and Speaker Line-up


Published: 8 March 2023

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