Elfe is France’s first nationwide scientific study of children, tracking them from birth to adulthood. We are looking at many varied aspects of their lives, from the perspectives of health, social sciences and the environment. By monitoring the children at regular intervals, we will be better able to understand how their health, development and socialization are affected by their environment, family circle, schooling and living conditions.
Elfe brings together a variety of research bodies and has the backing of government and public institutions. Around 150 researchers from a wide range of scientific disciplines are currently working on its data. From the very outset, Elfe has enjoyed close links with a number of European and international child cohorts.
Regular follow-up provides a means to track the children’s development, as well as changes in their family and their environment. They also allow us to remain in contact with the families and give them regular updates on how the study is progressing.
Thanks to the active participation of our many Elfe families, the study has already yielded results in the fields of social sciences, health and the environment. In this section, you will find summaries of articles published in academic journals and papers presented at scientific conferences.
Elfe has many core research topics tackling societal, environmental and public-health issues. The data it collects are made available to the scientific community, which regularly proposes new research projects. Thanks to all the researchers working on Elfe data, scientific output on childhood is steadily increasing.
The study has three main research themes: social sciences, health and the environment. Each research project selected by the Elfe team is therefore placed under one of these three headings, depending on its topic. Some projects concern several different fields, illustrating the study’s multidisciplinary approach.
This section summarizes the Elfe study’s scientific and methodological output, which includes articles published by researchers, posters presented at scientific meetings, and theses and dissertations.
Dedicated to the parents and children taking part in Elfe, this section is in French.
Bienvenue dans ton espace ! Tu sais sans doute que tu participes avec plein d’autres enfants à une grande étude scientifique appelée Elfe. Ici, tu vas pouvoir t’amuser et mieux connaître l’étude Elfe. Pour cela, clique vite sur les différentes choses qui t’intéressent !
Vous vous posez des questions sur l’étude ? découvrez les coulisses de la recherche !
Input from teachers about the children’s early learning, peer relationships and any special educational needs enriches the information we collect directly from the parents. Following on from our first school survey, conducted in nursery schools in 2016, first-year primary school teachers will be asked by Elfe parents in April 2018 to give the children maths and French exercises to do.
Like to find out more? In this section, you will find a selection of tools and media relating to the Elfe study!
Conferences with the participation of Elfe families, interviews with researchers, films introducing the study… Behind the scenes in pictures!
(Re)read some of the articles:France InterLe Quotidien du médecinLe Figaro SantéLa DépêcheDoctissimo
But also:Elfe sur le site du Ministère de la Transition écologique et solidaire
Votre santé m’intéresse on BFM TV (30/03/2017)
Le magazine de la santé on France 5 channel (07/07/11)