Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study

In order to mark your 50th birthdays, and to thank you for taking part in this amazing study for five decades, we have a special programme lined up for you.

Check in with this page regularly for the latest updates, and get ready to blow out your candles!

We will continue to follow advice from Public Health England about coronavirus (COVID-19). We have already rescheduled the birthday parties, and we’re aware we may be required to change some of our plans for the Age 50 Survey or the birthday celebrations as the situation develops. If plans change, we will notify you by email and on our website. Please help us stay in touch by making sure we have your correct email address (see below).

Birthday parties

We are hosting five celebratory events for study members across the country:


Follow the celebrations online

Throughout the 50th year, we’ll be sharing a different story from the study every week here on our website, and through a special Facebook page.

Follow along to learn more about the study’s history, the amazing scientific discoveries you’ve made possible, and how you’ve helped make a difference for future generations. We’ll also be featuring stories from your fellow study members and past directors, and sharing every time BCS70 is in the news!

You’ll be able to access all this information through our website and Facebook page. If we have your email address, we’ll also send you occasional updates with the information.


The Age 50 Survey

It wouldn’t be a special milestone without another survey! We are hoping to launch the Age 50 Survey later this year. We’re really looking forward to catching up with you again. We’ll write closer to the time to invite you to take part and to let you know what the survey will involve. In the meantime, you can check out the Age 50 Survey page.

Those of you living in Great Britain will be visited at home, but this time we hope that those of you living overseas will be able to take part online.

Keep your contact information up to date

Throughout the year, we’ll be emailing study members with information about the birthday parties, and to share more stories from the study as we look back on the past 50 years. We also want to let you know any time BCS70 is in the news.

Not on email? No problem. You’ll be able to get all the same information here on our website, and we’ll send you a wrap-up by post next year. Just remember to let us know if your address changes!

In order to stay in the loop, please keep your contact details up to date by filling out the online contact form.

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