Call for papers

All submission abstracts should be submitted in English, up to 250 words, exclusive of the title.

Please note that we have extended the abstract submission deadline to January 29th 2022. Please submit via e-mail to


  • Poster
  • Individual Research Presentation (including Speed Talks)
  • Research Symposium


Longitudinal research investigating:

  1. Development Psychopathology
  2. Aggression and Conduct Problems
  3. Empathy, Prosocial Behaviour 
  4. Longitudinal genetically-informative research designs
  5. Quasi-experimental research methods
  6. Family Processes
  7. Risk and resilience
  8. Health Risk Behaviors
  9. Neighborhoods and Community 
  10. Biological and Neurological Mechanisms
  11. Peer Relations
  12. School, neighbourhoods and community context
  13. Methods in longitudinal research

Please note that these are suggestions only; longitudinal research that addresses any aspect of human development is welcome. 

  1. Poster: Please note – poster dimensions are A0 (84x119cm) in either portrait or landscape. Posters are the format for individual, free-standing research presentations. Posters are the appropriate format when material can be explained briefly, is suited for graphic or visual presentation, and/or the presenter would benefit from extended interaction and discussion. Please note that all posters will be accompanied by a single-slide 1 minute powerpoint presentation to all delegates. Total time allowed for the session: 60 minutes.
  • Individual Research Presentation: Individual research presentations allow researchers to submit their presentation to be grouped with others into a symposium by panel chairs. Individually submitted presentations will be reviewed for scientific merit and a decision based on the independent ratings by two reviewers. Highly rated individual abstracts will be considered for presentation in an Individual Talks Session composed of up to four Individual Presentations, each presented for 15-20 minutes. Individual talks that are highly rated but cannot be accepted for an Individual Talks Session (either because there are not four related papers on the topic or the maximum number of talks has been reached) will become either Speed Talks or Individual Poster Presentations only if the submitter indicated that they are also willing to present their research as a Speed Talk and/or poster. Total time allowed for the session: 90 minutes.
  • Research Symposium: A Research Symposium is a focused group of presentations submitted together on a common theme.  The symposium should focus on a specific topic and emphasize cross-cutting issues, methodological approaches and the integration of findings. Symposium organizers are strongly encouraged to incorporate multiple disciplines, and international participation into their submissions. Total time allowed for the session: 90 minutes.

Please note: We will use your submitted abstracts in the final online program. 

General information for entering data into the submission website:

  1. Title:  The maximum number of characters for your title—letters, punctuation, and spacing is 130.
    1. Author Information: Please enter a complete, formal name (e.g., Samuel T. Jones; H. Harrison Smith- Barton), current email address and top-level affiliation, and country for each person. Please do not enter your author names in all upper-case. There may be up to 10 authors per paper or poster listed in the program. Authors 2-10 do not count toward the maximum number of presenters. 

One person must enter all information for an entire Research Symposium.

  • Integrative Statement/Abstract/Proposal: 
    • Integrative statement: Applies to those submitting a Research Symposium and should be 250 words or less. An integrative statement summarizes the nature and significance of the proposed topic. The integrative statement must be single-spaced.
    • Abstract: Applies to individual papers/presentations for Poster, Individual Talks, and Research Symposium. Abstracts summarize the nature, methods and significance of the proposed topic for the specific presentation, as well as the questions/topics to be discussed in 250 words or less
    • Graphics: If you are including graphics (tables and figures), please incorporate them into one single file, including across all papers in a symposium. The file must be in Adobe PDF format. Graphics are optional; they do not count toward the maximum word count for your abstract. The graphics allowed are:
    • 1 table, or
    • 1 figure

Additional guidelines and information:

  • Presenters are limited to 2 presenting roles. Note that this means that each person should only submit 2 proposals for which they have a presenting role.
    • Presenting roles include:
      • Presenter of a Poster: One person presents an individual data poster during a 60-minute poster session.
      • Presenter in a Research Symposium: One person presents an individual data presentation during a 15-minute presentation within a 90-minute session.
    • Non-presenting roles include:
      • Chair of a Paper Symposium: The chair organizes the symposium and enters all information into the submission website. The chair also organizes and directs the symposium sessions, introduces the presenters during the oral portion of the session, and ensures that time limits are strictly observed. One chair per session.
      • Discussant of a Research Symposium: The discussant comments on the presentations included in the symposium, drawing on their expertise; however, this person does not present their own research. The discussant is optional; if included, one per session.

IMPORTANT: In general, the Life History Research Society team for the 2022 conference encourages symposia to bring together research from different research teams. If an individual is a presenting author for two papers, both in the same symposium, then that person would have exhausted their two presenting roles. 

All abstracts will be reviewed by two members of the scientific committee – please submit abstracts in English only to help us! Authors will be contacted in early March.

If you have any questions, please get in touch.