IPDLN 2020 Conference





8 May 2020

We regret that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be unable to hold the IPDLN 2020 Conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre in October 2020 as previously planned.

However, we are very pleased to advise that the Conference will be held as a virtual event, most likely still in late October 2020.

We are currently working through the arrangements and will provide further information via ipdlnconference.org and ipdln.org as soon as it becomes available.

We are confident that the conference will provide an engaging experience with valuable scientific, training and networking opportunities. We look forward to welcoming you to the event.


26 March 2020 Update

We have been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic closely as it evolves across the globe and particularly here in Australia. 

We believe that at this stage it is not possible for the IPDLN 2020 Conference to proceed as previously planned at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 27-29 October 2020. 

We are actively looking at alternatives and we will provide further information shortly. Options include cancellation, postponement or a virtual conference.  

Given this uncertainty, we will not be opening conference registrations at this time.

Thanks to everyone who responded to the IPDLN 2020 Call for Abstracts and Workshop Proposals. We received a strong response and plan to continue with the review process as soon as a decision is made.

Thanks also to all the organisers and committee members who have been working so hard to deliver the Conference and to members of the IPDLN, and wider networks, for your patience as we navigate through these uncertain times.

We will provide further information via ipdlnconference.org and ipdln.org as soon as it becomes available.  



The 2020 IPDLN Virtual Conference

 “…creating more opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, cross-jurisdictional studies and expanding and robust accessible international data is vital to to the improvement of outcomes for population health and society across the globe…”   Dr Merran Smith, Director, IPDLN, October 2019

Conference Website now live! http://ipdlnconference.org/


These are exciting times for the IPDLN. Since its formation in 2008, IPDLN has grown steadily, and nowboasts more than 1,000 members from 55 countries.

The IPDLN conferences attract industry leaders, researchers, data analysts and policy makers in the health and bio-medical sciences, population health and well being, education and the wider range of human services from across the globe. Speakers and delegates attend from health and medical research institutes, universities, government, non-government and private corporate sectors.



Submissions are invited for presentations at the 2020 International Population Data Linkage Network Conference which address the conference themes:
Research using real-world data
Applied research; case studies of health/social/economic impact with linked data research; health service evaluation; work that has contributed new knowledge to health or social science; approaches to knowledge exchange and translation.
Multi-sector data linkage
Overcoming challenges and sensitivities of cross-sectoral and cross-jurisdictional data linkage; linkage to non-health data; linking to other emerging data types; data on social determinants of health and well-being.
Tackling global issues through data linkage
Climate science; environmental health; sustainability; cross-national data sharing; migration; poverty; child abuse and neglect.
Indigenous health and well-being
Data on first-nations populations; cultural awareness with data-driven research; cultural indicators for health and well-being; cultural data custodianship and governance; data sovereignty.
Data linkage, methods, systems and technology
Innovative data platforms; measurement, reporting, improvement, and managing bias; data interoperability; quality and standards; new linkage approaches; capacity building.
Advanced analytics and methods
Computational and statistical approaches to deal with large-scale, complex and non-standard data; data visualisation; next generation analytics; business intelligence analytics.
Public involvement, ethics, law and social implications
Navigating regulatory and legal environments; data governance models; confidentiality; privacy and data security; ethical issues; working towards public understanding and assent; community involvement; patient/citizen scientists; policies and guidelines.

Internationally recognised High-profile keynote speakers will showcase leading developments and emerging issues in research, governance and technical fields.

Chair of the Scientific Committee

The Conference Organising Committee has appointed Professor David Preen, Chair in Public Health, School of Population and Global Health, University of Western Australia.