LIVES International Conference 9-10 November 2023 in Lausanne

Conférence internationale 2023

The Swiss Centre of Expertise in Life Course Research (LIVES) holds its annual conference at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, on 9-10 November 2023 on the topic:

The life course in turbulent times

As our society faces global crises in short succession in the 21st century, the interest for longitudinal studies has heightened. Cutting-edge data, methods and research are crucially needed to investigate the impact of crises and other adverse events on life course transitions and trajectories.

What role do material, motivational, cognitive and non-cognitive resources (such as resistance to stress) play in bolstering individuals’ resilience over time – and how do they interact with social inequalities? How do governments, markets and families reduce or increase the vulnerability of different social groups in the aftermath of crises?

The LIVES Centre looks for answers to these questions, and warmly welcomes submissions on other domains of life course research, such as childhood, youth, education, family, employment, gender, migration, health, old age or innovative longitudinal methods. We are interested in theoretically-based empirical research from disciplines such as sociology, demography, psychology, economics, political science, epidemiology or statistics.

See the flyer of the conference call

Keynote speakers 

  • Fabrizio Bernardi (UNED Madrid)
  • Wiebke Bleidorn (University of Zurich)
  • Aart C. Liefbroer (NIDI The Hague)

More information about the keynote speakers


Please submit your proposal – a short abstract of 100 words as well as an extended abstract of 500 words – through the conference submission formThe deadline for submissions is 18 June 2023. Authors will be informed about the decision by 30 June 2023.

Conference fees

There are no conference fees. The LIVES Centre will invite participants to coffee breaks, two lunches, drinks and the conference dinner on 9 November 2023. The conference starts on 9 November in the morning and ends on 10 November after lunch.

For further questions, please contact the local organizers: