Call for speakers and tech demonstrations: Large-scale surveys and technology innovation event ShareThis


Call for submissions now open for the Centre for Longitudinal Studies one-day event designed to aid collaboration between technologists and scientists, from the academic and commercial sectors. The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2019.

Event details

  • Date:

    Tuesday 25 June 2019

  • Time:

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Venue:

    UCL Roberts Engineering Building, Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE

  • Event organiser:

    Centre for Longitudinal Studies

  • Price:


About the event

We are pleased to announce a special 1-day event, comprising presentations, tech demos, and workshops. This is designed to facilitate collaboration between technologists and scientists, from both academic and commercial sectors. The aims are to:

  1. Explore new technologies that could be used to collect data on individuals and their environments in future data collections of large-scale surveys. For commercial companies, this represents an opportunity to have their technology used at scale in future, in some of the most prestigious scientific studies run in the UK.
  2. Develop collaborative links between academics working on large-scale studies, academics developing innovative approaches to measurement, and those working in/with new technology, including commercial companies.

The UK is fortunate to run multiple historic and scientifically important large scale surveys (population cohort studies). These follow large numbers of individuals and collect data about their life circumstances repeatedly over time. Data are mainly collected through self-reports (survey questions), biomedical samples (such as saliva, urine or blood), and cognitive tests. Many are housed at UCL – for example those run by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing (LHA), the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), and Whitehall II.

Data from such studies have been the basis of contributions in diverse areas of science, including: the study of child development and human capital formation; social inequalities in health, and life course epidemiology; the developmental origins of mental health; employment and gender; social mobility and the reproduction of social status; schooling and education policies; and genetic discovery. In the past, innovations included in these studies include wearable devices (eg, accelerometers, ambulatory blood pressure monitors), and innovative app-based data collections (eg, time use diaries). A key future aim is to incorporate technological innovations to enhance the scientific potential of these studies and maintain their cutting edge.

Please note this event is free to attend for both speakers and general delegates.

Call for submissions

We invite the following:

  • Live demonstrations of technological devices or prototypes which collect data on individuals and/or their environments – to be held in the open foyer space
  • Short oral presentations which give details on the potential of new technologies, or discuss issues relating to their use in scientific research (such as post-processing) – to be held in a lecture theatre

If you would like to submit a proposal, please complete the online submission form.

Selection will be decided by the scientific organising committee on the basis of i) relevance to the call and ii) quality of the submitted presentation details. We aim to ensure a broad coverage of different technologies.

The submission deadline is 30 April 2019.

Register as a general attendee

To register as a general attendee for this event, please complete the booking form via our Eventbrite page.

Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.

If you are unable to register, please sign up to our waiting list and we will be in touch as soon as more spaces become available.


The draft programme will be available shortly. If you would like to be sent updates about this event, please contact to be added to the event mailing list.

Scientific organising panel and funding

The is a collaborative event organised by the below scientific organising panel:

We thank the following for their funding to enable this event to take place: UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering Workshop Award, UCL Collaborative Social Science Domain.


For any general enquiries, please contact:

For queries relating to the scope of submissions, please contact Dr David Bann (