Preparing for the future: tackling the key challenges facing the UK’s longitudinal population studies

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Conference

CLOSER will host a one-day conference bringing together members of the longitudinal community to discuss the shared challenges they currently face in their work, and identify potential solutions.

Event details

  • Date:

    Thursday 06 December 2018

  • Time:

    10:00 - 16:30

  • Venue:

    Wellcome Trust, London

  • Event organiser:

    CLOSER

  • Price:

    Free

About the conference

This one-day conference will identify solutions to the key challenges facing the UK’s longitudinal population studies.

The UK’s longitudinal population studies currently face a number of challenging issues ranging from data collection and data access, to how to best demonstrate research impact and engage effectively with policy makers. With a strong focus on problem solving, this event aims to identify the best ways to tackle these key challenges.

With a packed agenda informed by the results of a consultation exercise with the UK’s longitudinal studies, each session will involve group discussions and the chance for delegates to share their own experiences, as well as help identify potential solutions to the issues raised.

The conference will focus on the following areas:

  • Improving access to administrative/linkage data
  • Improving engagement with policy makers
  • Integrating new forms of data collection
  • Future directions in cross-study harmonisation
  • Demonstrating the impact of longitudinal studies
  • Developing an overarching longitudinal biosample strategy

After the meeting, CLOSER will circulate a report summarising the outcomes from the discussions. In addition, we will identify a number of small working groups to investigate certain areas covered in the meeting and identify key recommendations.

 

Programme

Each session will start with a short introduction from the session lead, followed by a chance to breakout into smaller groups to discuss the topic and share experiences with the aim of finding solutions to key challenges. Please note that all sessions will be interactive.

*Please note this programme is still provisional and subject to change.

10:00 Registration and refreshments

10:30 Welcome to the conference
Professor Alison Park, CLOSER

10:45 Improving access to administrative/linkage data
Session lead: Professor Alissa Goodman, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL Institute of Education

11:45 Short refreshment break

11:55 Improving engagement with policy makers
Session lead: Dr Grant Hill-Cawthorne, Head of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)

12:55 Lunch

13:55 Parallel session:

  • Integrating new forms of data collection
    Session co-leads: Professor Annette Jäckle, Associate Director of Innovations for Understanding Society at the University of Essex, and Dr Andy Skinner, UKRI Innovation Fellow
  • Future directions in cross-study harmonisation
    Session lead: Professor Rebecca Hardy, MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL

14:55 Short refreshment break

15:05 Parallel session:

  • Demonstrating the impact of longitudinal studies
    Session lead: Professor Anna Vignoles, University of Cambridge
  • Developing an overarching longitudinal biosample strategy
    Session lead: Professor Nish Chaturvedi, MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL

16:05 Feedback and final reflections

16:30 Conference ends

 

Registration

Early bird registration will be open to CLOSER partners and key UK longitudinal studies, however each study will be limited to two places each. Registration will open to the wider longitudinal community in mid-October.

If you would like to attend the conference, please send your name and the study you are affiliated with to our Communications and Events Assistant, Jennie Blows (j.blows@ucl.ac.uk). Jennie will then email you a link to the online registration form.

 

Further information

If you would like to be notified when further details about this event are available, please email Jennie Blows (j.blows@ucl.ac.uk).