Lancaster Conference on Infant and Early Child Development


LCICD 2021

25-27 August 2021 (held virtually)

After four highly successful LCICDs, and after having to cancel it last year, we are back with the virtually held LCICD 2021!  

We are delighted to host the annual International Conference on Infant and Early Child Development 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. 

Despite being in the virtual space, 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 (Facebook, Twitter). 

Invited Speakers

Three keynote speakers will launch the sixth 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. 


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

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 TBC

We hope that all delegates will benefit not only from the formal conference programme at LCICD 2021, but also that our social programme of events will contribute towards an enjoyable and memorable experience for everyone attending. 

Although the conference will be held online, we will put extra effort into creating numerous opportunities for social interactions.