We are delighted to announce the 8th Lancaster International Conference on Infant and Early Child Development (LCICD 2023) to run on 23-25 August 2023!

    NEW: Pre-conference workshop on 22 August 2023. 

Registration Portal  Now Open (deadline Wednesday 9th August 2023)

LCICD 2023 is once again held at Lancaster University, U.K., which is home to one of the most well-established and prominent Babylabs in Europe. Our aim for this conference is to 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. LCICD is single-track, with dedicated poster sessions including ‘no-results-yet’ posters for early-career researchers, and is characterized by a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

We are looking forward to our keynote speakers this year:

Meredith Rowe (Harvard University)

Rhodri Cusack (Trinity College Dublin)

Markus Paulus (LMU Munich)

Pre-conference workshop

On August 22 there is a (free) pre-conference workshop run by Ingmar Visser, University of Amsterdam, on the topic of  Detecting (categorical) individual differences in developmental data: Mixture models, latent class models and Markov models for studying change

Conference Submissions

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 across the whole range of methods used in studying these populations. We will also consider abstracts reporting on later (preschool) development if they show 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 and present their work as posters even if they have not got any results yet. Please refer to the key dates section of this website to ensure abstracts are submitted before the deadline. Abstracts should be a maximum of 400 words (including 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 of £75 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. Application Postal is now closed. 

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.

Our Sponsors

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