Lancaster Conference on Infant and Early Child Development


Coronavirus(COVID-19) Statement

With regret the LCICD committee has had to make the very difficult decision to cancel LCICD 2020, due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Following recent news we do not expect major changes to the current restrictions on travel and events over the coming months, and after much deliberation we felt that cancelling now was the best option, instead of waiting and then possibly greatly inconveniencing delegates who then would have already made travel plans and for us incurring cancellation charges with our venue.

Looking forward, we are planning to hold LCICD 2021 next summer, hoping the world will have returned to normal by then. Tentative dates are Wednesday 25th August 2021, to Friday 27th August 2021, with a pre-conference workshop on Tuesday 24th August 2021, although this is subject to change. 

We will keep you updated via email, on our LCICD website, as well as social media (Facebook, Twitter). We would very much like to encourage you to submit again for next year. It would be nice for all of us to gather and celebrate after this difficult time.

We hope that you understand the need for our decision, and that we will be able to welcome you to Lancaster in 2021. We hope you keep safe, and look after yourself.


LCICD Organising Committee 

The LCICD 2020 programme booklet is ready and can be downloaded here

Advice on how to include cancelled conference presentations on one’s CV is provided by APA here

LCICD 2020

26-28 August 2020 (Lancaster University, UK)

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 fifth in this series of annual LCICD meetings.

Gaia Scerif

“Attentive learning: Influences on and from what is learnt over development.”

Natasha Kirkham

“Development occurs in the middle of things:  Noise, distraction and attention in infant development.”

Stefanie Höhl

“Tuned in! The role of interpersonal rhythms for early social development.”

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 one workshop entitled ‘R for Resources, Reproducibility and oppRtunities: One-day exploration using developmental data’ 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 personal circumstances. 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 2020, 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 Barker House Farm (Brandrigg Room) 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.