Lancaster Conference on Infant and Early Child Development


23-25 August 2017

Lancaster University, U.K.

We are delighted to announce the second annual International Conference on Infant and Early Child Development to be 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

We will welcome three keynote speakers to launch the second in this series of annual LCICD meetings and are very pleased that we will be joined by:

Daniel Swingley, University of Pennsylvania, USA

What Infants Know and Don’t Know About Their Language

György Gergely, Central European University, Hungary

The Pragmatic Sense: Communicative Mind-Reading without Language

Olivier Pascalis, University Grenoble Alpes, France

On the Linkage between Face Processing, Language Processing, and Narrowing during 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 infant and early child development 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. Although the main focus of the conference is development during the infancy period, we will also consider abstracts reporting on earlier (fetal) development, or later (preschool) development. In the latter case, priority will be given to research which is relevant 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 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

A pre-conference day will be held on August 22nd with a methods workshop 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 to 50 attendees 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

Bursaries 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 bursaries keep an eye on the webpage as more information will follow. 

Social Programme

We hope that all delegates will benefit not only from the formal conference programme at LCICD 2017, 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.