After seven highly successful LCICDs, we are delighted to announce the eight in this series of annual LCICD meetings 23-25 August 2023!

This annual International Conference on Infant and Early Child Development is held by 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. As always, we will do our best to uphold the social and friendly nature of the LCICD as you know it and look forward to receiving your submissions! It would be nice for all of us to gather during this difficult time. We will keep you updated about the conference via email, on our LCICD website, as well as social media.

We are delighted to announce our three keynote speakers Meredith Rowe (Harvard University), Rhodri Cusack (Trinity College Dublin) and Markus Paulus (LMU Munich) who will launch the eight in this series of annual LCICD meetings. The conference will also feature talks and poster sessions, with a single-track timetable to ensure delegates can engage with all aspects of the conference programme and to maximise interaction between attendees.

Meredith Rowe

Rhodri Cusack

Markus Paulus


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.


Financial Support

Discounted rates 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.


Social Programme 

We hope that all delegates will benefit not only from the formal conference programme at LCICD 2023, but also that our social programme of events will contribute towards an enjoyable and memorable experience for everyone attending.