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

27 - 28 Apr 2020

In honour of the 50th anniversary of the 1970 British Cohort Study, this scientific conference will showcase the latest cutting-edge research using CLS cohort data.


27 and 28 April 2020


09:00 – 17:00 each day, with a drinks reception following the conference on Day 1


Hallam Conference Centre
44 Hallam St

Call for papers (now closed)

The Call for papers closed on Friday 10 January 2020, 23:59
Submission guidelines

Registration fee

Regular rates: £120 (2 day) or £80 (1 day)
Student rates: £60 (2 day) or £40 (1 day)


Registration will open in late January.

About the conference

Keynote speakers: Professor Anna Vignoles, University of Cambridge, and Professor George Ploubidis, UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Panellists include Professor Leon Feinstein, University of Oxford and Professor Jane Elliott, University of Exeter.

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.

Call for papers

Deadline for submissions: Friday 10 January 2020, 23:59

The call for papers is now closed. Submissions were from researchers, across all sectors and careers stages, who are using BCS70 data, or data from any of the other CLS cohort studies (the 1958 National Child Development Study, Next Steps and the Millennium Cohort Study).

Researchers submitted abstracts for single papers or proposed a symposium of 3-4 papers that they would chair. We also invited postgraduate student submissions for rapid-fire presentations. These 5-minute presentations will be included in a showcase of exemplary student research using the CLS cohorts.

Submission themes:

  • Ageing
  • Cognition
  • Education and social mobility
  • Employment, income and wealth
  • Families and intra-household dynamics
  • Health behaviours
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Physical health
  • Poverty and adversity
  • Statistical and survey methods

Submission guidelines and the terms & conditions for submissions.

Any queries, please contact ioe.clsevents@ucl.ac.uk.

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Event enquiries

Richard Steele
Events Coordinator

Phone: 020 7911 5320
Email: ioe.clsevents@ucl.ac.uk

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