Growing Up in Ireland Annual Research Conference 2021 call for abstracts

Growing Up in Ireland – the National Longitudinal Study of Children, will hold its thirteenth annual research conference on Thursday, November 25th, 2021. The conference will focus on research based on Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) data.

The conference will be held as a virtual web event. 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 11th September. 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 1st October. In selecting papers, preference will be given to those with applied policy relevance. Queries should be emailed to

Award for Best Presentation with a Policy Focus: Following the success of the inaugural award at GUI conference 2020, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) will be sponsoring a conference award again in 2021.  The aim of the award is to promote excellence in the use of GUI data and to encourage high quality research with a clear public policy relevance or focus.  Further detail about the 2021 award criteria and application process will be made available in September.

Keynote: This year the keynote address will be delivered by Professor Nic Timpson from the University of Bristol. Professor Timpson is the Principal Investigator of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC – Children of the 90s).

Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) is the national longitudinal study of children. It is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. The study is managed and overseen by the Department in association with the Central Statistics Office. It is carried out by a consortium of researchers led by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD).