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Thanks to SIGN8 organisers and 297 participants for conference success at first SIGN in South America

1 November, 2017

We would like to thank the organisers and participants of SIGN8 for hosting a very successful conference in October, which attracted 297 researchers from across the globe who delivered 11 workshops, 27 talks and 74 poster presentations. As the first SIGN conference to take place in South America, this event was an exciting milestone in the series, made possible by the expertise and hard work of coordinators at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) in Brazil.

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Dr Ronice Müller de Quadros, a member of the SIGN8 organising committee, said: “Everybody had a terrific time at the conference, and it was an especially great experience and learning opportunity for future Deaf researchers. We particularly enjoyed welcoming the deaf participants from Uruguay and Chile, and we can tell that they really took advantage of SIGN8. UFSC was thrilled to have the chance to run this unique event, as it is such an important way of boosting the careers of deaf researchers.”

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Kang-Suk Byun, a PhD student at the Max-Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and consultant for our SIGNSPACE project, gave a presentation on cross-signing. He commented: “It was brilliant to see so many deaf participants from Brazil and other countries congregating together at one university. UFSC showed a very proactive and inclusive approach to deaf people in academia. Meeting with the other deaf scholars there, who shared with me their passion for research, enhanced my enthusiasm and empowerment. It was very productive, and I think the atmosphere and culture of Brazil made it especially easy to make those connections and engage in deep one-to-one discussions.”

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