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

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)


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


  • Professor Anna Vignoles, University of Cambridge.
  • Professor George Ploubidis, UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

Panel chairs

  • Helen Pearson, journalist and author of The Life Project.
  • Professor Lee Elliot Major, LSE International Inequalities Institute.

‘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, University of Exeter and former BCS70 PI.
  • Professor Leon Feinstein, University of Oxford.
  • Dr Praveetha Patalay, Associate Professor, UCL.

Parallel sessions

18 Symposiums (presented by theme showcasing leading research using the CLS cohorts), including:

a) Communication skills over the lifecourse: the influence of vocabulary and inter-generational socio-economic status
b) The Social and Economic Consequences of Health
c) The Millennium Cohort Study: Well-being in families of young children with Intellectual Disabilities
d) Recent cross-cohort mental health research including the BCS70 cohort: prevalence, correlates, early childhood predictors
e) Schooling and Unequal Outcomes
f) Findings from the BCS70 age 46 biomedical: How healthy are generation X in mid-life?
g) Handling non-response in the 1970 British Cohort Study and other British cohort studies
h) Life course neighbourhoods effects: evidence from British birth cohort studies

  • Plenary rapid-fire presentations (5-minute presentations showcasing exemplary student research using the CLS cohorts).
  • 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
Email: ioe.clsevents@ucl.ac.uk

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