Preparing for the future II: international approaches to challenges facing the longitudinal population studies ShareThis


CLOSER is hosting a second collaborative conference for the international longitudinal population studies community to share learning, and develop common solutions to key challenges.

Event details

  • Date:

    Thursday 16 January 2020

  • Time:

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Venue:

    Woburn House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9 HQ

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  • Price:


About the conference

Longitudinal population studies currently face a number of challenging issues. How should studies integrate novel data collection methods and emerging technologies? How can the utility of historic data be enhanced? And critically, how can studies keep participants involved for the long term?

At the same time, studies across the world are finding ways to harness the opportunities these challenges can bring. Following the success of CLOSER’s 2018 Preparing for the future conference, we are extending the discussions beyond the UK, to studies around the world. The purpose of this conference is to unearth best practice, and identify ways to tackle shared challenges. It is a collaborative, interactive event with a strong focus on problem solving.

The programme has been informed by the results of a consultation exercise with UK and international longitudinal studies. Each session will involve short presentations of exemplar work in a given area, followed by facilitated group discussions and the chance for delegates to share their own experiences. The day will include plenty of time for networking.

The conference sessions will address the following topics:

  • New forms of data collection
  • Data harmonisation
  • Data linkage
  • Data discoverability
  • Reducing attrition and participant engagement

A full programme will be published in due course.

Who should attend

CLOSER welcomes longitudinal population study management teams from around the world to attend. To maximise the number of studies represented at the conference, we are limiting places to two delegates per study. All delegates will be expected to take an active role in the discussions throughout the day.

Please note this conference is for those who work for a longitudinal population study team, including Principal Investigators, research staff, data managers, survey managers, linkage and tracing experts, and communications professionals. It is not intended for students or data users with no study management responsibilities.


CLOSER is a partnership of eight leading UK studies, the British Library and the UK Data Service. We aim to maximise the use, value and impact of the UK’s longitudinal studies by stimulating interdisciplinary research, developing shared resources, providing training, and sharing expertise. We are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Preparing for the future I: CLOSER’s 2018 conference

CLOSER held its inaugural Preparing for the future conference in December 2018. The event brought together around 70 delegates from across the UK longitudinal community, in both the social and biomedical sciences. Delegates discussed key issues in new forms of data collection, data harmonisation, data linkage, biosample management, impact, and engagement with policymakers. The conference report documents the day’s discussions, and the actions proposed by delegates to address key challenges, and fill knowledge & skills gaps.

The full report and recommendations from the event can be found on our Preparing for the future of longitudinal science page.

Further information

If you have any queries or require further information about this event, please contact our Communications and Events Officer, Jennie Blows (

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