Digital Footprints 2023

On behalf of Turing Special Interest Group on Novel Data Linkages for Health and Wellbeing we invite you to participate in the 1st Digital Footprints Conference on 11th May 2023 at the University of Bristol. This one-day event will showcase multidisciplinary research on digital footprints and bring together a multi sector audience – academics, policy-makers, government representatives, industry – to share insights and frameworks for working with digital footprints data. The speakers and panellists include Emma Gordon (Director for Administrative Data Research UK, ADR UK), Deborah Kroll (Head of Strategy and Partnership, Digital Footprints, ESRC), Claire Steves (Kings College London, Clinical Director of TwinsUK and co-designer of the ZOE App),  Tom Smith (Director of the Spatial Data Unit & Chief Data Officer, Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities), Hannah Skeggs (Health and Sustainable Diets Manager at the Institute of Grocery Distribution) and others. Check respective pages for bios: here for speakers and here for panelists. 

The plan for the day. The conference will start at 10 am (arrive 9 30 for refreshments) and conclude at 5pm, with plenty of time for networking. You can find conference programme here and the page will be updated closer to the date. 

Conference venue and travel. The conference will take place in the beautiful city of Bristol at the University of Bristol’s iconic Wills Memorial Building (Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RJ). If you travel by train, you need to arrive to Bristol Temple Meads station. From there you can either walk for about 30 min or take a 15 min taxi ride to the Wills Memorial Building. If you travel by car, you can park at the West End Car park, see details here

Call for Contributions & Registration 

For those who would like to present their work, we invite submissions of 300-word abstracts for posters, a limited number of which will be chosen as oral flash presentations. Abstracts will be accepted based on their quality and relevance to the conference theme; and included as part of Conference Proceedings published in the International Journal of Population Data Science. This conference theme is Linking Digital Data for Health. We welcome research projects from academics, industry, government departments and non-profit research organisations who are using digital footprints data. Digital footprints include:  

  • Transactional records 
  • Internet history records
  • Social media data
  • Geospatial/mobility data
  • Sensor records
  • Image data

We’d particularly like to showcase research linking digital footprints with other datasets, such as cohort studies, observational surveys, educational, administrative data or health records to create opportunities and address important societal issues around health. 

You can sign up to attend the conference using this link. The deadline for submissions closed on the 31st of March. Attendance of the conference is subject to a £40 fee to cover admin costs which you can pay here. Note, we were unable to combine registration and fee payment in the same web page,  so there there are two different web links to follow. If you would like to attend, but can’t afford the fee, please get in touch with the organisers. 

The International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS) is delighted to be the official publisher for the 1st Digital Footprints Conference. IJPDS is an electronic, open-access, peer-reviewed journal focussing on the science pertaining to population data. The only journal dedicated to the field of Population Data Science, IJPDS publishes articles on all aspects of research, development and evaluation connected with data about people and populations.


Anya Skatova and Michelle Morris, on behalf of organising committee

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