The Office for National Statistics’ free to attend Integrated Data for Population Statistics Conference 2018 will take place on 9 and 10 July at the University of Surrey.

The theme of the event will be: Integrated data – Combining data to answer society’s biggest questions.

We’d love to see you there if you’re interested in:

  • integrated data and the 2021 Census

  • statistics using alternative data sources

  • methods to combine and link different types of data for population statistics

You can choose to attend one day, or both days of the conference. On day 1, we’ll cover 2021 Census updates including the use of integrated data. Day 2 will be about the challenges and opportunities of integrated data. Accommodation won’t be provided.

  Please find out more about the event and  book your place through Eventbrite.

  If you have any questions about the event, please email us at

Latest news

We’re pleased to announce that the sessions taking place at the conference will be as follows.

Main sessions

International session: We’ll be hosting an international session to share how we’ve been collaborating with international colleagues to improve how population statistics are produced. We’ll hear from Marina Pérez Julián from the Spanish Statistical Office about their 2021 Census, which is going to be based on administrative sources.

2021 Census update: We’ll be providing an overall update on the 2021 Census, including what the updated Code of Practice for Official Statistics means for the census.

Ethical implications of integrated data: Stephen Penneck, Chair of the International Statistics Institute (ISI) Advisory Board on Ethics, will talk about some of the ethical implications around integrated data.

Integrated data and ONS: Iain Bell, Deputy National Statistician, will outline what integrated data means for ONS and where we will be taking this next.

Further updates

There will be an update on the 1961 digitisation project. This project is making historical census data available for analysis for the first time, to increase our understanding of a period of rapid social change.

Dorset County Council will also discuss how they’ve made use of different data and the outcomes of doing this.

Guest speakers

The following speakers will also be involved in the event:

  • Ruth Gilbert, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Deputy Director for the Administrative Data Research Centre for England.

  • Professor Mark Elliot, University of Manchester, founder of the Confidentiality and Privacy Research Group (CAPRI).

  • Dr Kerina Jones, Associate Professor of Health Informatics, Founding Editor in Chief, International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS).

Event schedule

This section provides some more information about what we’ll be covering during the event.

Day 1: Integrated data and the census

  • Getting the data out there – census outputs

  • Collecting quality census data

  • Collecting and chasing response

  • Collecting data for the census and beyond

  • 2017 Test – what have we learned?

  • Evolution of a dataset – Integrating alternative data in census processing

Day 2: Integrated data for population statistics – challenges and opportunities

  • Building the case for using public data

  • Gaining new insight with new data

  • Transforming the population statistics system

  • Quality assuring integrated data

  • Securing and using data to inspire confidence

  • Transforming population and housing characteristics

Poster session

Interested in displaying a poster of your own research at this event? Please email us at with the title of your poster and a brief description of the content and we’ll be in touch.

Practical information

Where is the conference being held?

This year’s conference is being held in the Rik Medlik Building at The University of Surrey in Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom.

What time is registration, start and finish?

Registration on both days is between 9:15am and 10am. The talks start at 10am and both days will finish at around 5.45pm.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

By car

The campus is situated just off the A3. Parking on site is limited, so we are suggesting attendees make the most of the excellent public transport links to the university.

Travelling by train and bus

Guildford train station is the closest station to the conference venue and is a little less than a mile away.

ARRIVA bus services 17, 27 and 37 run from the station to the venue every ten minutes. For further information, call Traveline on 0871 200 2233.

The university’s how to get here page provides further information and other travel methods.

Where is there nearby to stay?

The Holiday Inn, Egerton Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XZ  is 1 mile and a 20 minute walk from the University of Surrey.

The Travelodge, Wood Bridge Meadows, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1BD is less than half a mile and a 22 minute walk from the University of Surrey.

What to do if I have specific dietary requirements?

Lunch and refreshments will be provided on both days of the conference. If you have any dietary requirements, please email them to no later than Friday 6th July.