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            SLLS International Conference

    Lives in Translation: Life Course Research and Social Policies

Lausanne, Switzerland

  9 - 11 October 2014 


Please mark your calendars for the fifth annual conference of the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (SLLS). 

This year's keynote speakers will be Kathleen Kiernan, Professor of Social Policy and Demography at York University, and Giuliano Bonoli, Professor of Social Policy at the University of Lausanne.

Although the overall conference theme will focus on social policy this year, we welcome conference submissions from all areas of longitudinal and life course studies: physical, psychological, social developmental and ageing processes and functioning within and across life course stages from infancy to old age; methods and findings of cohort studies; other sources of longitudinal data such as panel studies and record linkage;  international comparisons; household, and income dynamics; intergenerational transfers and returns to learning; gene-environment interactions; ‘mixed’, and comparative methods; innovative methodology in design, measurement, data management, analysis and research practice (quantitative and qualitative).

Proposals are sought for three kinds of conference presentation:

1. A symposium comprising at least 3 papers to be presented in a one and a half hour session or a series of two sessions. For each symposium suggested we require an overall abstract of no more than 300 words plus an abstract of no more than 300 words for each paper. Please provide names and professional affiliations for all presenters.

2. An individual paper for oral presentation for which an abstract of no more than 300 words is required.**

3. A poster presentation for which an abstract of no more than 200 words is required.

** Papers which do not fit into regular sessions may be allocated to Round Table discussion groups or presented as posters. 

Please submit abstracts to Cat Westlake ( using the form below by March 31st 2014.

Abstract Submission Form

All contributors will be notified of the conference committee’s decision by May 31st 2014.

The Society hopes to have a small amount of money available to help current students with papers and/or posters on the programme attend the meeting in Lausanne. 

Various activities are being planned for Early Career Scholars at this year's Conference to help junior scholars get to know each other as well as more senior scholars in the field of Life Course and Longitudinal Studies.

More information about the conference and conference accommodation will be posted on the SLLS website as it becomes available.

The fee for conference registration will be discounted for SLLS members so please consider joining if you have not already done so!  Please visit the membership pages of this website for full details and a membership form to complete on-line.

The Society’s journal, Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, will be a possible outlet for the publication of conference papers.


Lausanne, Switzerland - A Quick Guide

The setting of Lausanne is extremely picturesque: it is hardly surprising that the International Olympic Committee has been based here since 1914. The town is built on three hills, surrounded by vineyard-covered slopes, with Lake Geneva at its feet. Rising impressively from the opposing French lakeshore are the Savoy Alps. The attractive old town is largely car-free. Small alleyways with cafes and boutiques shape the streetscape in the medieval city centre.

The old town is dominated by the cathedral, which is regarded as Switzerland’s most impressive piece of early Gothic architecture. Lausanne was a diocesan town for over a thousand years. Shopping streets can be found surrounding the cathedral as well as in the pretty waterfront area of Ouchy. Switzerland’s only «metro» connects the various parts of the town and eases travel in this incline-based town.

Also worthy of a visit are the parks, containing many Mediterranean plant species, and grand palace hotels like the Beau-Rivage Palace in Ouchy and the Hotel de l'Angleterre, were Lord Byron once stayed. Gourmets will be able to savour many regional specialities in Lausanne such as cabbage-filled sausage with leek gratin called "Papet Vaudois". Mind you, master chef Fredy Girardet who was voted chef of the century by his colleagues has in the meantime retired and handed over his sceptre in the Hôtel de Ville to his head chef, Philippe Rochat.

Even lovers of culture won’t feel short changed in Lausanne: the collection of marginal art (“Art Brut”) in Beaulieu Castle, the Fondation de l'Hermitage, the Musée de l'Elysée photo museum, the pipe museum and many others merit a visit. The offering of theatre productions and musical performances too is above average. Finally, Lausanne is home to the world-famous Béjart Ballet.