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Preparing for the Future II: International Approaches to Challenges Facing the Longitudinal Population Studies

Jan 16

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

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.

Registration Details

If you would like to attend the conference, please send the names of the colleagues you wish to register and the study you work for to Jennie Blows at j.blows [at] Jennie will email you a link to the online registration form.

Event information
Woburn House, Tavistock Square