Lancaster Conference on Infant and Early Child Development


LCICD 2019

21-23 August 2019

Lancaster University, U.K.

We are delighted to host the annual International Conference on Infant and Early Child Development held at Lancaster University, U.K., which is home to one of the most well-established and prominent Babylabs in Europe. Our aim is that this conference will provide an opportunity for infant and child development researchers (prenatal – 4 years old) with a broad range of interests and methodologies, and at various stages of their career, to come together in a welcoming and research-focused environment.  

Invited Speakers

Three keynote speakers will launch the fourth in this series of annual LCICD meetings.

Kim Plunkett

“How infants construct a lexical-semantic network”

Catherine Tamis-LeMonda

“Learning in context: the active infant in a responsive world”

Victoria Southgate

“A new view on early perspective taking”

The conference will also feature talks and poster sessions, with a fully non-parallel timetable to ensure delegates are able to engage with all aspects of the conference programme and to maximise interaction between attendees.


We invite abstract submissions relating to any aspect of prenatal, infant and early child development (prenatal – 4 years old) including perceptual and cognitive development, early language development and social development. We encourage submissions incorporating a broad range of methodologies, for example EEG/ERP, eye-tracking, ECG, fNIRS, looking times, observational methods and computational modelling. We will also consider abstracts reporting on later (preschool) development with relevance to understanding infant development.

Alongside established researchers, we welcome attendance and submissions from early career researchers (MSc/PhD students) who wish to engage with other researchers in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. There will be a Special Poster Session for researchers to showcase their research and ideas which may not contain any empirical data. 

Please refer to the key dates section of this website to ensure abstracts are submitted before the deadline. Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words (excluding references) and will be reviewed by the conference committee with all decisions based on the scientific quality of the abstracts submitted.

More Information

Pre-Conference Day

The pre-conference day will provide two workshops Open Science and EEG and a tour of the Lancaster Babylab, which is part of the Department of Psychology. This is an ideal opportunity for early career researchers to gain an initial insight into these frequently used methodologies. The tour of the Lancaster Babylab will include a number of demonstrations from researchers currently working in the Infancy and Early Development Research Group.

Numbers will be limited for the pre-conference day so we recommend early booking for those wishing to attend. Attendance will incur a small extra fee on top of the standard registration fee. This is bookable through our main online registration page.

Financial Support

Fee waivers are available for early career researchers (MSc/PhD students, postdoctoral researchers) who would otherwise find it difficult to attend the conference. These will be determined based on quality of abstract submission and personalcircumstances. If you wish to be considered for one of our fee waivers, there will be the option to indicate this within the abstract submission process.

Social Programme

We hope that all delegates will benefit not only from the formal conference programme at LCICD 2019, but also that our social programme of events will contribute towards an enjoyable and memorable experience for everyone attending. A conference dinner will be held at a popular local venue in Lancaster city and we anticipate that demand to attend this will be high. Numbers will be limited so please book early if you wish to join us for this! The option to book is on our online registration form and will incur an extra fee on top of the standard registration fee.