2022 Conference


26 July 2022

See the Scientific Programme for the Conference and sign-up to the Workshops now!

We're pleased to publish the Scientific Programme for the 2022 IPDLN Conference! You can see presentation slots and timings as well as a breakdown of each day's events. Please note that if you have contacted us about a change of presenter we have recorded it but decided to publish the abstracts with the full list of their accepted authors

Attending the 2022 Conference and interested in the workshops on offer? You can now sign up to them on Crowd by clicking the “Events” option in the left-hand side menu of the IPDLN group.

Please note that capacity for the in-person workshops on September 6 are limited, and sign-ups to those events will be restricted after it is reached. The capacity for each in-person session is indicated on their respective events page. There is no such restriction for the virtual workshops on September 5.

The workshop sessions and timings are detailed in the skeleton conference programme.

We’ll be closing in-person workshop registrations on Monday 22 August so make sure you sign up for the workshops you want to before then! Only RSVPs that indicate you are “going” will be considered as a formal expression of interest in their respective workshop page.

Lunch is provided for the workshops. If you have any dietary or access requirements, please let us know by emailing the address below.

If you have any queries about the workshop registration process, or the conference in general, please email hub@adruk.org.

You can still buy remote access ticket packages for this year's conference!

You'll need to sign up to Crowd to purchase a ticket. Crowd is a new platform designed to facilitate networking and collaboration among data science researchers and analysts around the world. Joining Crowd will not only mean you can purchase tickets for this year's conference but also get to know and converse with your fellow attendees ahead of Edinburgh.

Once you have created a profile make sure you join the IPDLN community by clicking "Groups" in the left-hand side menu and then selecting the IPDLN group. You can then view the ticket package options and purchase them via the registration link in the "Featured" section of the group. Joining the IPDLN group on Crowd is the best way to receive all future conference updates and news.


The deadline to purchase remote access tickets is 29 August 2022.


The main conference venues are part of the University of Edinburgh and are located close to the Old Town. The main venue is The Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre, 32 George Square, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH8 9LH. The other venues are within a short walking distance from the theatre.


If you wish to book accommodation you can contact the Edinburgh First reservations teams on bed.breakfast@ed.ac.uk or (+44) 0131 651 2189. Edinburgh First has year-round hotels close by to the conference venue. Further information is available on their website.


If you have questions regarding any aspect of the submissions process, or the conference in general, please email hub@adruk.org


Important links:

Sign-up to Crowd to buy Conference tickets.

View the 2022 IPDLN Scientific Programme here.

Find out more about the 2022 Conference Scientific Committee.

Presenting at the 2022 Conference? Here are the guidelines.

Conference theme: Data linkage research: informing policy and practice 


Sub-themes (in bold):


  • Data linkage, methods, systems and technology: methodological developments, including:
    • Improving data and linkage quality
    • Software development
    • Artificial Intelligence approaches
    • Privacy enhancing techniques
    • Developing and improving data services
  • Research using real-world data: research outcomes utilising linked datasets, incorporating:
    • Health data linkage research
    • Crime, justice and policing data linkage research
    • Education outcomes data linkage research
    • Understanding households & use of Census data in data linkage research
    • Research to support Covid-19 related insights
  • Multi-sector data linkage:
    • Overcoming challenges and sensitivities of cross-sectoral and cross-jurisdictional data linkage
    • Linking to other emerging data types
  • Linking data to produce Official Statistics:
    • The creation and use of new data linkages to produce or improve Official Statistics
    • Opportunities for collaborations between government and external researchers
  • Ethics, law and social implications:
    • Ethical, Legal and Social aspects of population data use including collection, use, sharing and ownership, as well as who gets to make these decisions
    • implications of ethical, legal and social aspects of data use for emerging applications like AI
  • Public engagement and involvement in population data research:
    • Embedding public engagement and involvement into the development and delivery of data linkage and research


Keynote speakers:


Dr Maurício L. Barreto is a Senior Investigator at Fiocruz and an Emeritus Professor at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. His research in epidemiology and public health focuses on the social and environmental determinants of health, health inequalities, and the impact of social interventions on health. He is co-founder and has directed the Centre for Data and Knowledge Integration for Health (CIDACS) in Salvador, Brazil since 2016. His current major project is focused on the impact of social protection policies on health using the 100 million Brazilian Cohort. 

Professor Stefan Bender is Head of the Research Data and Service Centre of the Deutsche Bundesbank and an Honorary Professor at the School of Social Sciences, University Mannheim. His research interests are data access, data quality, merging administrative survey data and/or big data, record linkage, management quality and establishment data. He has published over 100 articles in journals including the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Professor Linnet Taylor is Professor of International Data Governance at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on digital data, representation, and democracy, with particular attention to transnational governance issues. Her work on group privacy and data justice is used in discussions of technology governance in countries around the world. Linnet leads the European Research Council (ERC)-funded Global Data Justice project, which aims to develop a social-justice-informed framework for governance of data technologies on the global level. She is also a member of the Dutch Young Academy (De Jonge Akademie) and a co-chair of the Dutch Research Council (NWO)’s Social Science roundtable advisory group.

Professor Sir Ian Diamond became the United Kingdom’s National Statistician on 22 October 2019. This role is a Crown appointment as the Authority’s and the Government’s principal adviser on official statistics. Sir Ian previously served as a non-executive member of the UK Statistics Authority Board from June 2018 to August 2019 and was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen from 2010 to 2018.

Hans-Erik G. Aronson is the National Digital Research Infrastructure Director of Health Data Research UK (HDR UK). He leads the UK trusted and connected Data and Analytics Research Environments programme (DARE UK), which aims to design and deliver a national data research infrastructure for cross-domain analysis of sensitive public sector data. He previously was Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Vice President of the Association of Independent Research Institutes from before joining HDR UK in July 2021.

Rachel Plachcinski’s interest in perinatal health research started when she trained as an antenatal teacher with the National Childbirth Trust, the UK’s largest birth and parenting charity, after having her own babies. She went on to study psychology (BSc) and Psychological Approaches to Health (MSc) at the University of Leeds. Her current projects involve being lay co-lead for parent, patient and public involvement at the Policy Research Unit in Maternal and Neonatal Health and Care at NPEU, University of Oxford, and leading on PPPI for MuMPreDiCT, University of Birmingham, and Birth Timing 2 at City, University of London. She was one of the original members of the HDR-UK Public Advisory Board and is a member of the Cochrane Consumer Network Executive and Editorial Board.


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