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The Science of Language and Reading (SOLAR) Lab

Welcome to our SOLAR Lab website, here you will find information about:

  • our origin and purpose
  • our team
  • short courses
  • our research projects and consultancies
  • postgraduate students and their research.
  • journal articles, books, and book chapters by our team
  • media articles and podcast interviews

Our team

Learn more about our academic and postgraduate team


Learn more about our research, consultancies and publications.

Short courses

Learn more about understanding and applying the science of reading and learning by completing one of our highly popular short courses.

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What we do

La Trobe’s Science of Language and Reading (SOLAR) Lab is helping schools to adopt well-established, scientific approaches to improve how they teach children to read.

Professor Pamela Snow and Professor Tanya Serry – who founded the Lab in 2020 – are collaborating with researchers, teachers, school leaders and allied health professionals to integrate evidence-based approaches into classroom practice to promote success in reading, writing, and spelling.