Growing up in Scotland International Conference

GUSSthumbnailGrowing Up in Scotland and Scandinavia: What do our
Longitudinal studies tell us about our children’s wellbeing?

November 13th 2013, John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh
9am to 5pm. Conference dinner 6.30pm.


9.10   Registration and coffee

9.40   Welcome and conference opening

Conference Chair: Lesley Riddoch, journalist, commentator and broadcaster
Opening Address: Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Children and Young People

10.00    Miniature Cities film (Gothenburg and Glasgow)

10.10   What are we doing well? What could we be doing better?

Representatives will give a very brief overview of our strengths and challenges regarding our Children’s wellbeing

Anne Mette Skovgaard, Denmark
Kjell Morten Stormark, Norway
Christopher Gillberg, Sweden
Liz Levy, Scotland

10.30   Overview of our studies

Lead representatives from prominent studies will provide an overview of data currently available and being gathered

Anne Mette Skovgaard, Denmark
Kjell Morten Stormark, Norway
Christopher Gillberg, Sweden
Paul Bradshaw, Scotland, GUS Team
Helen Minnis and Phil Wilson, Scotland, Glasgow Team

12.00   Lunch

13.00    Showcase ‘hot topic ‘findings

Jonrit Halling, Faroe Islands
Mari Hysing, Norway
Sebastian Lundström, Sweden
Lucy Thompson, Scotland
Alison Parkes, Scotland

14.30 Coffee

14.50 Discussion session – Revisiting the questions: What are we doing well? What could we be doing better?

Matt Forde, NSPCC, Christopher Gillberg, Anne Mette Skovgaard, Kjell Morten Stormark & Phil Wilson

16.00 Summary and round-up of discussion

16.30 Poster session (brief presentations)

17.30 Drinks reception & poster viewing

19.00 Dinner

About the conference
This timely conference explores the experiences of children growing up in Scotland and Scandinavia and asks what we can learn from each other. With a programme of world class speakers and ‘hot topic’ presentations, this conference is a must for anyone with an interest in children’s wellbeing. There will be opportunities for national and international networking and delegates will be encouraged to engage in discussion and debate.There will be also be poster presentations and exhibition stands* from a variety of organisations to browse. An optional drinks reception and dinner will allow for further networking.


    • To explore what we know about the wellbeing of children growing up in various Scandinavian countries and Scotland
    • To showcase exciting developments in our understanding of child development and well-being developed in Scotland and Scandinavia
    • To capitalise on the excellent information resources in Scotland and Scandinavia, including:
      Growing Up in Scotland (GUS)
      the Copenhagen Child Cohort (CCC2000)
      the Bergen Child Study (Barn i Bergen)
      cohort studies from the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre
    • To expand international collaborations in Scotland and Scandinavia in relation to longitudinal research on child well-being.




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