Scientific goals of the conference:
The overall aim of the proposed conference is therefore to intentionally foster the development of life course theories and methods. We will accomplish this goal by assembling a group of strategically chosen international experts, and by providing an originally structured forum within which to debate the next era of life course studies and to identify the priorities, gaps, and solutions necessary to advance an ambitious vision. The proceedings and outcomes of the conference will be published in a scientific outlet and disseminated broadly to further stimulate the field.
The first aim of the conference is to identify building blocks and to discuss how they fit in a comprehensive framework that views the life course as a set of complex multidimensional, multilevel, and dynamic processes. Ideas are drawn from the social sciences and from other disciplines studying human lives from their multidimensional, multilevel and temporal perspectives. A multidisciplinary framework requires significant fertilization across disciplines and fields.
The second aim of the conference is to survey and assess the most innovative quantitative and qualitative methodical tools of life course research, especially those that will yield knowledge that will advance theories of life course processes. Such theories are ambitious and make great demands of empirical research. The methodical challenges involved in modelling complex processes are far from being mastered in contemporary research. One challenge in this field is how to combine standardized and