NCDS 60 years of our lives: a scientific conference celebrating the NCDS at 60

8 - 9 Mar 2018

Keynote speakers: Professors Richard Blundell, and Barbara Maughan

About the conference

The British birth cohort studies are one of Britain’s greatest national treasures. The findings stemming from them have been prolific and far reaching.

The National Child Development Study (NCDS) turned 60 years old in March 2018. At the Centre for Longitudinal Studies we are organised a conference to celebrate this anniversary.

Delegates had the opportunity to:

  • present current work using cohort and longitudinal 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 NCDS (including former directors John Bynner, Jane Elliott, and Heather Joshi; and others including Jean Golding, Harvey Goldstein, John Goldthorpe and Chris Power)
  • find out about the frontiers of science using NCDS from a panel of leading researchers

A special poster session for postgraduates also ran during which students discussed their research with other delegates.

Conference resources

Keynote presentation slides

Day one speaker slides

Day two speaker slides

Conference programme

Conference awards

In honour of the study’s 60th anniversary, we invited nominations for the ‘best-ever’ paper published using NCDS and presented three awards for the papers that best reflect the study’s contribution to both the social and biological sciences. Papers were judged on their originality, methodological rigour, and impact.

The winners of the ‘Outstanding recent contribution award’ were:

A full list of publications using NCDS data can be found in the online bibliography on the CLS website.


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London WC1H 0AL


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