Conferences & Events

IJPDS is delighted to bring you details of the most significant population data science related conferences and events from around the world.


Forthcoming Events


4th International Conference on Administrative Data Research
December 9 – 11 2019
Cardiff, Wales, UK

Event information coming soon.

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Past Events


International Conference for Administrative Data Research
June 21 – 22 2018
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

ADRN International Conference

The International Conference for Administrative Data Research is a growing annual event aimed at researchers who use administrative data to better understand populations and societies.

The 2018 conference is being hosted by Queen’s University, Belfast, and will focus on four substantive themes reflecting core societal challenges:

  • Children and Education: This theme covers research that examines the social and economic issues that determine educational, skills, well-being, and other outcomes for children as they reach adulthood and beyond.
  • The World of Work: The World of Work Theme focusses on the labour market experience of those in, and out, of work.
  • Growing Old: examines the social and economic issues for individuals, and for society and the economy, as people transition through the period leading up to and beyond retirement.
  • Health and Wellbeing: This theme focuses on health and well-being across the life-course as an outcome of or a predictor of other socioeconomic states and trajectories. Research that considers either mental or physical health, or the relationship between them, will be in scope.

Plus two streams on methodology:

  1. Methodological Challenges and Innovations: In this theme we are interested in research utilising or developing cutting edge methodology including quasi experimental design approaches, regression discontinuity, sibling studies, and instrumental variables.
  2. Engagement and co-design: This theme covers research with methodologies using models of co-production: integrated multi stakeholder research teams with academia or government, members of the public and/or VCSE representatives.

IJPDS are the official publishers for the ADR2018 conference and will be publishing the conference proceedings plus up to eight full peer-reviewed articles in a special issue.

For the full programme and to find out more about the conference click here.

2018 International Population Data Linkage Conference
September 12 – 14
Banff, Canada

2018 International Population Data Linkage Conference

This bi-annual conference is a must attend event for anyone involved in data linkage and this year, the 2018 IPDLN Conference is being held at the Banff Centre, located in beautiful Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

The conference theme is Linking Data – Improving Lives, and the hosts have created a forum for the presentation and discussion of research and innovation in the area of Linked Population Data Science and Policy Impact.

All abstracts from the conference will be published in the International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS), the official publisher for the 2018 IPDLN Conference.

Conference registration is open. To book your place for the conference or pre-conference workshops click here.

Quick access to the delegate rate card can be found here.

ADRF Network Research Conference
November 13 - 14 2018
Washington, DC

ADRF Network Research Conference

The ADRF Network and Georgetown University’s Massive Data Institute are hosting the second annual ADRF Network Research Conference on November 13 & 14, 2018 in Washington, DC.

The 2018 conference builds on last year’s successful inaugural event which drew nearly 150 participants from academia, government, the private sector, think tanks, and other organizations to advance administrative data use in social science research. This year, the conference program has been expanded to two full days and will focus on innovation in administrative data for social science. The conference will serve as a forum to share ground-breaking work and promote interdisciplinary and cross-sector dialogue that will shape the future of the social sciences.

Conference Tracks and Topics

The conference includes three tracks with the following topics:

Track 1: What are innovations around infrastructure that support sharing, accessing, and processing administrative data?

  • Emerging best practices for the secure sharing of data
  • Choosing models on computing architecture for efficient data processing and management to fit organizational needs
  • Choosing tools for capturing, harmonizing, and integrating data to fit organizational needs
  • Developing legal infrastructure to support data sharing
  • Overcoming operational, organizational, and logistical challenges

Track 2: What are innovative research methods and applications that have emerged to uniquely address the needs of administrative data research?

  • Disclosure avoidance methods
  • Innovative experiments and statistical analyses that may involve machine learning and other analytical methods
  • Methods for weighting, imputation, and data linkage
  • Uses of private sector, unstructured, and other new data sources

Track 3: Successful applications of administrative data in policymaking and decision support

  • Examples in government (local, state, and federal)
  • Examples in the non-profit sector and foundation space
  • Multi-site, cross-country, and international examples

Call for abstracts is open! Submit by June 1st

Abstract submissions for oral, poster, and rapid fire presentations. We welcome submissions from the public and private sectors, spanning all disciplines.

All accepted abstracts for oral presentation will be published in a special issue of International Journal of Population Data Science. Additionally, Best Papers Awards will be presented to the top two abstracts.

As official publishers for the ADRF 2018 Conference, IJPDS will publish a Special Issue entitled 'Innovations in Administrative Data for Social Science' to include all accepted abstracts for oral presentations in association with ADRF 2018.

To submit an abstract or find out more about the conference click here.

In addition, the top two abstracts will be presented with the Best Paper Awards, and the authors will be invited to submit the full articles to IJPDS.

  • The Program Committee will present 2 Best Paper Awards.
  • Abstract submitters must opt into consideration for the Best Paper Award. Abstracts to be considered for the Award must follow the IJPDS author guidelines.
  • Winners of the Best Paper Award must have full manuscripts prepared and submitted to IJPDS by November 1, 2018 and will go through IJPDS' peer-review process
  • Manuscript types can be include research articles, protocol papers, case studies, features on a particular topic, methodological developments, working papers, and commentaries. ADRF Network will pay for the article processing fees.
  • The final manuscripts are expected to be published around February 2019
  • ADRF Network will cover the cost of article processing charges. (APCs)

Would you like IJPDS to become the official publisher for your next conference?

If you would like to discuss your publishing requirements and your conference themes are in scope for the International Journal of Population Data Science, then please get in touch


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