Children of the noughties: a conference to celebrate 21 years of the Millennium Cohort Study

13 - 14 Jun 2023

In June 2023 we celebrated 21 years of the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) and other longitudinal studies with a scientific conference in London. The programme featured an exciting line up of around 75 inter-disciplinary presentations and a very special panel discussion with members of the cohort.

Event details


Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 June 2023


Day 1 – 09:20 – 17:30 followed by a networking reception.
Day 2 – 09:00 – 14:00.
Final programme


Registration has now closed.


Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London W1W 6JJ

About the event

A scientific conference celebrating 21 years of the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).

You can view the final conference programme here. Alternatively view/download a PDF version of the programme.

MCS follows the lives of around 19,000 people born across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2000-02. The cohort have been reaching the milestone age of 21 at a particularly turbulent time in British history. The early 20s are an exceptionally dynamic period of life, traditionally characterised by five transitions – in employment, education, partnerships, fertility and residence. This generation, however, is facing unprecedented times as it navigates these major life transitions, with the cost-of-living crisis following on from extensive educational and employment disruption during the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside growing societal concern over both climate change and political polarisation.

This conference will be an opportunity to explore some of the wide ranging and policy-relevant longitudinal research that has been generated using MCS data over the past 21 years, to hear about new research findings, and to learn about the upcoming Millennium Cohort Study Age 22 Sweep. Other studies that will feature include longitudinal cohorts from the same era including the French Longitudinal Study of Children (ELFE) and Growing Up in Scotland.

The programme features:
Keynote presentations from

  • Liz Washbrook, Associate Professor in Quantitative Methods, University of Bristol “The Millennium Cohort in comparative perspective”
  • Pasco Fearon, Professor of Family Research, University of Cambridge “Supporting the early years through research: the next generation cohorts”

An exciting line up of over 75 inter-disciplinary presentations
> a networking drinks reception
> A very special panel discussion with members of the MCS cohort, who know the study as Child of the New Century
> A data-analysis drop-in with our experts

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Conference lead

Emla Fitzsimons Professor of Economics and Director of the Millennium Cohort Study

Phone: 020 7331 5129

Emla is the Director of the UK Millennium Cohort Study, a longitudinal birth cohort study following children born at the turn of the new century. Her research is focused on the development of human capital throughout the life course, and in particular how experiences and circumstances in early life and childhood affect causally the acquisition of skills later on.

Keynote speaker

Liz Washbrook Associate Professor in Quantitative Methods

Based at the School of Education, University of Bristol.

Keynote speaker

Pasco Fearon Professor of Family Research

Director of the Centre of Family Research, based at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge.

Call for papers (now closed)

The deadline for submission: closed on Monday 30 January 2023

We welcomed submissions from researchers across all sectors and career stages. We invited researchers to submit abstracts that used Millennium Cohort Study data and/or data from other longitudinal studies that originated around the new millennium.

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Early career researcher (ECR) definition

Definition from the ESRC, our principal funder.

An ECR is typically:

within eight years of their PhD award (this is from the time of the PhD ‘viva’ oral test), or equivalent professional training
within six years of their first academic appointment (the first full or part time paid employment contract that lists research or teaching as the primary function).

These periods exclude any career break, for example due to:

  • family care
  • health reasons
  • reasons related to COVID-19 such as home schooling or increased teaching load.

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