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 Past Events

                          SLLS International Conference 

Growing Up and Growing Old:

Health Transitions Throughout the Lifecourse

Hotel Casa 400, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

23-25 September 2013


Although the overall conference theme had a focus on health, the conference committee was comprised of members with diverse research and methodological expertise and we welcomed conference submissions from all disciplines and 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, especially those with information on health; 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 interaction; ‘mixed’, and comparative methods; innovative methodology in design, measurement, data management, analysis and research practice (quantitative and qualitative); longitudinal research and policy.

Keynote addresses given by:

Professor Eco de Geus, Director of the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research at the Vrije Universiteit Medical Center, Amsterdam

'Age-related changes in the determinants of exercise behaviour'.

Professor Mark Hayward, Director of the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, USA

'Health connections across the lifecourse'.

Professor Mel Bartley, Emeritus Professor Medical Sociology and Director, ESRC Centre for Life Course Studies in Society and Health, University College London


The conference took place at the Hotel Casa 400 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Amsterdam, is the Netherland's largest city and its financial, cultural, and creative centre. It is colloquially known as Venice of the North, because of its lovely canals that criss-cross the city, its impressive architecture and more than 1,500 bridges. There is something for every visitor’s taste, culture and history, and the relaxing charm of an old European city.




European Child Cohort Network and Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies  

International Conference 

Childhood and Beyond: tracing cohorts across the lifecourse 

PARIS, France

29-31 October 2012 

The third conference of the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (SLLS) was combined with the final conference of the ESF-funded European Child Cohort Network (EUCCONET). It comprised keynote lectures and parallel group and poster sessions.

It featured research on the whole lifecourse and longitudinal methodology as well as reports and research from the teams following the multi-purpose child cohort studies in EUCCONET, on which the conference had a special but not exclusive focus.

Keynote addresses by:

Marie-Aline Charles, INSERM, Director of the French child cohort ELFE

Early origins of obesity.

Professor Jane Waldfogel, Columbia University

Socio-economic inequality in childhood and beyond:  international evidence from cohort studies.

Professor Ian Deary, Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology University of Edinburgh.

From 11 to 90: following up the Scottish Mental Surveys of 1932 and 1947.

The conference took place in Paris, France, the 'most beautiful city in the world' and home of the organization of the 2011-launched Growing Up in France Study ELFE. The conference venue was the FIAP Jean Monnet, an international accommodation and conference center located in a quiet area on the rive gauche.

To view the Conference Programme please click here


Summer School on Longitudinal and Lifecourse Research

4th-8th July 2011 - Antwerp, Belgium

The Summer School on longitudinal and life course research is a new initiative supported by relevant learned societies and research units.  It aims to bring closer the social and biological sides of this research area and to build the early career capacity of a European research network. 

The Summer School is intended for PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and (research) master students who are interested in exploring the potential of longitudinal and life course research or who want to develop further their existing skills.

For further information please click here


SLLS International Conference 2011

Bielefeld, Germany   Venue: Ravensberger Spinnerei

26th- 28th September 2011

Nearly two hundred people assembled at Bielefeld, Germany for the Society's second annual conference, taking place from 26-28th September 2011.

Participants enjoyed the interdisciplinary and international exchange of ideas in the well-appointed setting of a converted linen mill, bathed in warm sunshine. The final programme can be found below and a list of abstracts will be published in the Longitudinal and Life Course Studies Journal early in the new year.

Many thanks to everyone who made a contribution and particularly to Martin Diewald, Birgit Monhof-Halbach and the local organising team. We are also grateful to our sponsors - listed below right.

This was all a great start to the Society's second year of life.


To view the programme please click here

Keynote addresses by:

Hans-Peter Blossfeld (National Education Panel Study, University of Bamberg, Germany)  Jutta Heckhausen (University of California, USA)                                                                            Marjo-Riitta Jarvelin (Dept. of Epidemiology and Public Health, Imperial College, London