POSTPONED: Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study: a longitudinal studies conference

27 - 28 Apr 2020

We are sorry to announce that the UCL Institute of Education has postponed this event. This is a precautionary measure following the increase in the number of coronavirus cases in London. While we are disappointed not to proceed with the event at this time, we feel that under current circumstances this is an appropriate step to take.


27 and 28 April 2020


Day 1 – 09:00 registration and refreshments for a 09:30 start until 17:40 followed by a drinks reception
Day 2 – 2 09:15 registration and refreshments for a 09:45 start until 16:50


Hallam Conference Centre
44 Hallam St

Registration fee

Regular rates: £120 (2 day) or £80 (1 day)
Student rates: £60 (2 day) or £40 (1 day)
(Please note that CLS has subsidised the rates to encourage wide participation)


Registration is currently paused.

About the conference

In a single week in April 1970, 17,000 British babies born across England, Scotland and Wales took part in the ‘British Births Survey’. That study – originally intended as a one-off – evolved into the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70), the third in a proud tradition of national birth cohort studies in Britain and one of the UK’s most treasured scientific endeavours.

April 2020 marks 50 years since the original birth survey. In honour of this significant milestone in the history of the study, CLS is organising a scientific conference to showcase the best of cohort research.

Delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • hear about current work using the CLS cohort data.
  • catch up on the latest developments in longitudinal methods.
  • network with longitudinal researchers from across the social and biomedical sciences.
  • hear from a special panel of distinguished researchers whose careers have been influenced by the 1970 British Cohort Study.

Programme highlights


Panel chairs

‘Data, Science and Policy’ featured panellists

  • Emeritus Profess John Bynner, UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies and former BCS70 PI.
  • Jenny Dibden, Head of the Government Social Research Service and Co-Director Cities and Local Growth Unit (joint BEIS & MHCLG).
  • Professor Jane Elliott CBE, University of Exeter and former BCS70 PI.
  • Professor Leon Feinstein, University of Oxford.
  • Dr Praveetha Patalay, Associate Professor, UCL.

Plenary rapid-fire sessions

  • Showcasing exemplary student research using the CLS cohorts.

Make key contacts

  • Networking drinks reception at the close of day one.
  • Catch-up with key stakeholders in longitudinal studies such as UKDS, CLOSER, METADAC and ESRC.

Contact our Communications Team

Event enquiries

Richard Steele
Events Coordinator

Phone: 020 7911 5320

Contact us

Centre for Longitudinal Studies
UCL Institute of Education

20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL