New international children's cohort network awarded funding

20 December 2007

The European Science Foundation has awarded funding to a joint project which aims to bring together leaders of national and regional children’s cohort studies, including the Millennium Cohort.

The European Science Foundation has awarded funding to a joint project which aims to bring together leaders of national and regional children’s cohort studies, including the Millennium Cohort. The European Child Cohorts Network (EUCCONET) will compare practices, exchange experience, share questionnaires and other tools, and encourage comparative analyses. The idea for the network was conceived  at the CLS International Conference on Child Cohort Studies in 2006. The principal applicants for the funding were Heather Joshi, Director of CLS, and Henri Leridon, Director of the French cohort ELFE. The initial meetings of the network will take place in spring 2008.

EUCCONET will represent the large-scale general and interdisciplinary cohorts in Europe and North America, while developing links with more specialised networks.

The network’s objectives are:
• identifying cohort expertise in Europe;
• sharing knowledge and experience with a broad  range of cohort experts, including from outside Europe, and establishing a forum for an easy accessible expertise on these issues in Europe,
• offering opportunities to go deeper on the cross-country comparison by sharing tools and questionnaires.

The secretariat will be based at INED in Paris ( the French National Demographic Institute). The funding will facilitate a series of international meetings.

So far, countries with cohort studies involved in EUCCONET include Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, United States, Austria, Luxemburg and Switzerland.
 
Further information about the network will be available in the future in the International Zone of the CLS website.