Workshop 1. Benefits of SEM for Evaluating Developmental Processes: A Gentle Introduction

Elizabeth Grandfield, University of Kansas Medical Center, USA

An overview of Longitudinal Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) with specific examples of how the method is beneficial for answering developmental research questions. Students will experience working through an example and learn the steps for such an analysis. Considerations for mediational relationships will also be discussed.

Workshop 2. The Prominent Role of Peers across Diverse Behaviors

René Veenstra, University of Groningen, The Netherlands & Lydia Laninga-Wijnen, University of Turku, Finland

The frequency, meaning, and significance of many variables used in peer research are likely to vary across cultural contexts. The need to study peer relation from a diversity perspective and the challenges of conducting these studies will be the main topics of this workshop.

Workshop 3. Open Developmental Science

Marcel van Aken, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

The idea of Open Science represents changes in the way we do our science, in the way we develop our hypotheses, design our studies, conduct our analyses, and report our results. But also in the way we share our data, for replication and further studies. It also has consequences for the rewards and incentives we have built in our system, including decisions on grants and tenure. Together with the students, we will explore and discuss the opportunities but also the challenges of open developmental science.

Workshop 4. Revise and Resubmit: Publishing and Reviewing

Brett Laursen & Erika Hoff, Florida Atlantic University, USA

The workshop comprises two parts: one section on scientific writing and a second section on the publication process. Section 1, Scientific Writing, covers the importance of clear writing, the mechanics of clear writing at the sentence, paragraph, and full paper levels, and English usage guidelines. Students critique examples of writing and have to opportunity to practice their own writing. Section 2, The Publication Process, includes an overview of the publication process, from submission to acceptance, with detours through peer reviews, revisions, rejections, and resubmissions.

Workshop 5. From research to policy

Suman Verma, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, & Peter K. Smith, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK

To move the discipline forward, developmental scientists need to focus more on research that can improve people’s lives and can be translated into public policies. How can we overcome the research to policy gap? How can we engage with stakeholders to plan projects that are scalable and have a dissemination plan with evidence-based solutions for public policies?

Workshop 6. Prevention and intervention research

Patty Leijten, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

An interactive day on the know-how of prevention and intervention research, from preregistration to reporting, and on using intervention research to raise and answer questions about behavioural development. Students will reflect on prevention and intervention research in their field of interest, and the main tasks ahead for the next generation of researchers in this field.