GUI Conferences

Growing Up in Ireland 12th Annual Research Conference – Thursday 22nd October 2020 (online)

Call for Abstracts now open (extended to August 17th)

Growing Up in Ireland – the National Longitudinal Study of Children, will hold its twelfth annual research conference on Thursday, October 22nd, 2020. The conference will focus on research based on Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) data.

The conference will be held as a virtual web event this year. Researchers who submit abstracts should therefore be in a position to present their papers virtually. Arrangements will be made to pre-record presentations, where possible, to reduce potential technical problems, though the Q&A will be in real time.

The Growing Up in Ireland team invites abstracts for papers from researchers working on Growing Up in Ireland data. Data from the quantitative or qualitative Growing Up in Ireland archives must be a core feature of the research being presented. Methodological and theoretical papers based on Growing Up in Ireland will also be considered. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted via this abstract submission form by 29th July. Abstracts should be structured (where possible) under the headings of title; context; methods; results and conclusions. They should also include the name(s) of the author(s), affiliation and email address.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Conference Steering Committee and authors of selected papers will be notified by 7th September. In selecting papers, preference will be given to those with applied policy relevance. Queries about this year’s conference should be emailed to

Keynote: This year the keynote address will be delivered by Professor Emla Fitzsimons from University College London. Professor Fitzsimons is the Director of the UK’s Millennium Cohort Study, which has many parallels with Growing Up in Ireland, and she has a particular research interest in the development of human capital and skills over the life course.