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2019 SLLS – Summer School on Longitudinal and Life Course Research

From August 26 to August 30, the 2019 SLLS Summer School on Longitudinal and Life Course Research will be organized at the NCCR LIVES, University of Geneva. Registration is open until 31th of May – the number of participants is limited!

Life course research is a burgeoning, interdisciplinary field of studies. It is characterized by theoretical approaches that reflect and inform diverse areas such as sociology, demography, epidemiology, economics, psychology, and social biology. It is also characterized by a set of commonly-used quantitative research methods, such as event-history analysis, multi-level modeling, structural equation modeling and sequence analysis that span disciplinary boundaries.

The Summer School on Longitudinal and Life Course Research brings together scholars from diverse backgrounds and introduces them to the main theories and methods in longitudinal and life course research. Previous schools have been held in Antwerp, Oxford, Bamberg, Zurich and Milan.

The Summer School is intended for post-doctoral fellows and postgraduate research students who are interested in exploring the potential of longitudinal and life course research or who want to further develop their existing skills.

The 2019 School is sponsored in part by the LIVES NCCR.


The curriculum includes lectures and discussions led by expert researchers. Examples are drawn from a wide range of longitudinal data sets and illustrated with social and biological life course outcomes. Computer lab sessions develop practical and statistical skills for life course research. 

Themes Being Covered Include:

  • Sociology and Demography of the Life Course
  • Life Course Epidemiology
  • Life Course and Genetics
  • Event History Techniques
  • Multilevel Models for Life Course Processes
  • Structural Equation Models (SEM) for longitudinal data
  • Sequence Analysis Approaches

>> Program

Teaching Faculty

David Blane (Imperial College London), Paolo Ghisletta (NCCR LIVES and University of Geneva), Hill Kulu (University of St Andrews), Ross Macmillan (University of Limerick), Dimitri Mortelmans (University of Antwerp), Karel Neels (University of Antwerp), Michael Shanahan (University of Zurich), Matthias Studer (NCCR LIVES and University of Geneva) and Eric Widmer (NCCR LIVES and University of Geneva).

Keynote Speaker

Ingrid Schoon (University College London, UK and Berlin Social Science Center, Germany)

Practical informations
  • Applications are now closed. The number of participants being restricted, earlier applications will be given higher priorities.

 With the registration, please send us (to upload on the form):

  • A motivation letter presenting your current research and its link with the life course perspective (No longer than 1 page)
  • A Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications

You will receive a notification from the Summer School staff that your application has been received and you will hear whether you have been admitted before the 12th of June 2019. In all cases, the fee is expected to be paid within 30 days after the notification of acceptance to finalize your registration.

  • Tuition Fee: 450 CHF, covering lectures and computer labs sessions by recognized scholars, coffee breaks as well as the welcome and concluding apéro. Lunch and hotel accommodation are not included.
    Participants are responsible for all costs. This includes transportation, food and lodging. For lodging, student accommodations are available in Geneva (but should be booked separately and availability cannot be guaranteed). See ‘Where to sleep’ below.
Where to sleep?

The Summer School does not include hotel accommodation. Several places propose student accommodations, some with kitchen. We can also assist participants who wish to find colleagues with whom to share accommodations.

Contact & Further informationslls-summerschool@unige.ch

Important Dates:
  • 31 May: Registration deadline.
  • 12 June: Notification of admission.
  • 12 July:  Deadline for the payment of the tuition fee.
  • 26-30 August: Summer School in Geneva