Past conferences and events


Longview Annual Conference

21st & 22nd September 2010, Clare College, Cambridge

'New Thinking in Longitudinal and Life Course Study'

The conference provided the opportunity for longitudinal and life course researchers to engage with new plans and thinking in a collegiate event.

It also provided delegates with the opportunity to participate in the establishment of the new learned 'Society', the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies - (SLLS).

The conference was a success with an excellent range of presentations and discussions across strategic and substantive topics.

Please click here to view details of conference talks and Powerpoint presentations.


Neville Butler Memorial Prize 2009

The prize of £5,000 is awarded annually to a post-doctoral or equivalent early career longitudinal researcher. Support for the prize comes mainly from ESRC, with additional help from the Neville Butler Memorial Fund and is currently available for three years.

There were five applicants for this year's prize, three of whom were shortlisted. It was decided by the judging panel to divide the prize between the three shortlisted candidates:

1st prize - Simon Whitworth and Martina Portanti

2nd prize - Dylan Kneale

Runner Up - Reuben Ng

The prizes, which included cut glass momentos, were awarded to successful applicants by John Bynner (Longview), Professor Ian Diamond (Chief Executive of ESRC) and Mr Peter Bottomley (Science and Technology Committee) in the Parliament Building, 1 Parliament Street, Westminster.


Neville Butler Memorial Lecture 2009

The Neville Butler Memorial Lecture, supported by Neville Butler’s estate and the Neville Butler Memorial Fund is organised by Longview and the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at  the Institute of Education jointly. The first lecture, in what is planned as a series of annual lectures followed by a reception, took place on April 3rd 2009 in Imperial College.

Each lecture will be on a topic of wide interest to people engaged in longitudinal research and life course study. In recognition of Neville’s considerable contribution in the area of child health and development, the main orientation of the early lectures will be towards child health and its later consequences through the life course.

Lecture by Professor Neal Halfon:

"Light on the Longterm: from the British cohorts to the US National Children's Study"

Principal Investigator for the National Children's Study in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

Professor Halfon gave a fascinating overview of health science since the middle ages, leading to modern conceptions of health as a key developmental process in the human life course. He supplied a detailed overview of the realisation of research ambitions in this programme through the new National Children's Study, based on 100,000 pregnancies in 100 sites across the USA. Participants agreed that the lecture, with the reception following was a most stimulating and enjoyable event.


'Parents Matter' Conference - 26th/27th March 2009

Holborn Bars, London, EC1N 2NQ

The conference Powerpoint presentations from the keynote talks and group sessions are below (click titles):

Day 1 - Thursday 26th March 2009

Naomi Eisenstadt CB

''Transmission of disadvantage from one generation to the next'

Professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale

'Harnessing parental investments in young children's learning: innovative educational interventions for low-income mothers'

Michael E. Lamb

'Fathers, Mothers and Child Development' - Powerpoint not available - for details please contact Michael Lamb direct

Professor Kathy Sylva

'Why do parents matter? '

Professor Kathleen Kiernan

'Parents, parenting and child well-being in the early years'

Professor Stephen Scott

'Applying the evidence'

Dame Gillian Pugh

'Engaging with parents: what have we learned and where are we now?'


Group Sessions

Professor Jacqueline Barnes & Clare Brackenbury

'Implementation of the Nurse-Family Partnership Programme in England' (to follow)

Jane Barlow

'Family and Parent Support - Lessons from Sure Start'

Adrienne Burgess

'Are Parenting Programmes Effective with Fathers'

Professor Geoff Lindsay

'Evaluation of the Parenting Early Intervention Pathfinders'

Kathy Sylva & Malcolm Fletcher

'Supporting Parents to Improve Behaviour and Learning' (to follow)

Carol Taylor, Penny Lamb and Morwenna Vernon

'Capturing the impact and counting what matters: new views of progression from and within family learning'

Ted Melhuish, Jay Belsky and Judy Hutchings

'Sure Start effects upon parenting and child development at 3 years of age, in England overall and in a specialised programme in Wales' - Powerpoint not available - for details please contact authors direct


Day 2 - Friday 27th March 2009

Dr. John Coleman

'War and peace around the kitchen table: understanding the lives of parents and teenagers'

Frank. F. Furstenberg

'A new job description:parenting and the transition to adulthood'

Anne H. Gauthier

'The effects of parenting practices on children's developmental outcomes'

Jacquelynne Eccles

'Parents as one of the many risk and protective influences during adolescence'

Professor Richard Tremblay

'Parents and adolescent violence: the gene-environment puzzle' - Powerpoint not available - for details please contact author direct

Group Sessions

Clarissa White and Gill Strachan

'How well are Family Intervention Projects (FIPs) working?'

Professor Stephen Scott and Kathy Blackeby

'Supporting foster carers'

Rosemarie Roberts and Ian Sandbrook

'The Commissioning Toolkit - Can evaluating parenting programmes improve outcomes for parents and children?

Professor Geoff Lindsay

'Evaluation of the Parent Support Advisors Pilot' (to follow)

Georgina Glenny and Nicky Xandora

'An evaluation of 'Take 3', a programme for parents who have challenging teenagers or teenagers at risk'

Professor Bill Whyte, Mary Boyd and Mary McQueen

'Role of evaluation in the development of the Barnardos Matrix and CHOSI Scottish family services'


Longview Conference 2008


This year’s Longview conference took place again in St. Catherine’s College on 2nd/3rd October 2008. It was the best attended of all our conferences with over 80 people signing up for the meeting and around this number attending on each of the two days. As ever the conference provided a valuable opportunity to listen to a series of excellent talks and network with a wide range of others with a shared interest in longitudinal data and research.

Day 1 comprised updates on longitudinal data strategy. This began with Professor Peter Elias (University of Warwick), the National Data Co-ordinator for The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), talking about national strategy, especially in relation to the £28.5 million that had been allocated to cohort study development in the second phase of successful ESRC funding applications, to the Large Scale Facilities Fund. This time the bid was made jointly with the Medical Research Council (MRC). The broad outline of the proposal comprised an infra structure for co-ordination and harmonisation of work across the cohort studies and the development of the design and implementation for a new cohort study in 2012. One of the major themes of the new development, focuses on the bio-social interface, especially through gene environment interactions and epigenetics. This would be pursued in all the cohort studies and particularly the new one.

Peter Elias’s talk was followed by updates from "Understanding Society", (previously called the UK Household Longitudinal Study), the Millennium Cohort Study, the 1958 and 1970 cohort studies, the 1946 birth cohort study and the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). All studies would, in the next year or two, be producing new data and new methods for collecting it, e.g. clinic based in the 1946 study. Use of respondents in an advisory panel was also a strong feature of ALSPAC to bring young people back into the survey and was proving very effective.

The first session was followed by a reception at which the new on-line Journal, Longitudinal and Life Course Studies was launched to general enthusiasm by delegates. The first issue will be published in April 2009. The reception was followed by the college dinner achieving the usual high standards of St. Catherine’s. Following dinner there were two parallel meetings – one, a consultation on future plans for the 1958, 1970 and Millennium Cohort Studies - the other, for members of the Editorial Board present at the conference on the technical features of the OJS system through which the Journal would be operated.

Day 2 was devoted to the theme of intergenerational continuities and escape from childhood disadvantage. The series of four highly stimulating talks were given by respectively, John Goldthorpe, Leon Feinstein, Doria Pilling and Kathy Sylva with her PhD student, James Hall. In Anthony Heath’s absence through illness, the final discussion was led by David Blane and Mel Bartley. Overall it was agreed to be a successful and interesting session, which prepares the ground nicely for new programmes of research in this area and the Longview conference devoted to “Parents Matter” to be held in London on March 26th and 27th, 2009.

To view the Longview Conference 2008 Programme please click here

Other Longview events announced at the conference included the Neville Butler Memorial Prize and the Neville Butler Memorial Lecture.


Conference presentations:

Peter Elias - A Strategic Approach to the Development of Longitudinal Data: progress, outcomes and future plans

Leon Feinstein - Public Housing and Social Mobility, 1946 - 2003

Heather Joshi - Millennium Cohort Study

Jane Elliott - NCDS and BCS70: content and design of the 2008 sweeps

Lynn Malloy - ALSPAC

Nick Buck - Understanding Society: the UK Household Longitudinal Study

Diana Kuh - MRC National Survey of Health & Development: an update

Kathy Sylva & James Hall - The Role of Pre-School and Primary Education in Protection Against Developmental Risk

More to follow...

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Longview Conference 2007


The ESRC commissioned a team convened by Longview to undertake this scoping study. "The aim of the work is to support the case that ESRC, along with other potentially interested parties, is considering making to the "Large Scale (Science) Facilities Fund" for funding to support a new cohort study." This is the fund that recently supported the development of a new household longitudinal study in the UK – the UKHLS.

We collected evidence from a large number of experts on longitudinal study throughout the UK and overseas, which led to a draft report at the beginning of September 2007, for discussion at the consultative conference in St. Catherine’s College Oxford, on 20/21st September 2007. Our final report was handed over to ESRC on October 16th 2007.

The workshop was structured around presentations of the main sections of the draft report. There was also other key speakers, including Professor Ian Diamond (Chief Executive of ESRC) who agreed to give his perspective on the new study. 

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Longview Conference 2006


Longview hosted a conference on 21st July 2006 to discuss the results of the Review of Panel and Cohort Studies and to revisit the topic of “Cycles of Deprivation”.

The Conference had two sessions, the first of which was devoted to the findings of the ESRC Panel and Cohort Studies Review and the second to “Cycles of Deprivation”.

The review findings underpinned ESRC's successful bid to the Large Scale Facilities Fund for the new UK Household Longitudinal Study.

This was the 30th anniversary of what was then the Social Science Research Council (SSRC)’s research programme on Cycles of Deprivation and the publication of a classic book by Michael Rutter and Nicola Madge under a similar name. Michael Rutter started the discussion with an overview. Other experts in the field also gave presentations.


The conference followed the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) 2006 Research Methods Festival, which ran from 17-20 July at the same venue, St Catherine's College, Oxford.




John Bynner:

Peter Elias

John Welshman

John Hills

John Hobcraft

Barbara Maughan

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