Digital Footprints 2024

12pm Wednesday 8th May – 4pm Thursday 9th May, University of Bristol

We invite you to participate in a two-day Digital Footprints 2024 Conference, focusing on novel forms of data to deliver social impact. 

What can you learn at our conference? 

The Digital Footprints Conference is an innovative forum dedicated to communicating the vast potential of novel digital data for public good. The conference showcases multidisciplinary research in the field of digital footprints, bringing together a multi-sector audience – academics, policy-makers, government representatives, industry – to share insights and frameworks for working with this data. 

The conference covers a broad scope of cutting-edge topics. In 2023, these included: leveraging shopping loyalty card data to understand dietary transitions and nutrient deficiency, using social media data to measure mental health and wellbeing, exploring spatial patterns of vulnerability using linked health data, using mobile phone traces to examine transport and mobility segregation in urban spaces, and investigating customer trends in take-away purchasing using geospatial data from food delivery platforms.

This year’s conference focuses on advancing the understanding of digital footprints data for social impact, inviting innovative research that harnesses the potential of these novel datasets to address pressing societal challenges and drive positive change. The speakers for the conference include: Osama Rahman (Director of Data Science Campus, Office of National Statistics, UK), Andy Boyd (Director of UK Longitudinal Linkage Collaboration, University of Bristol, UK), Frederik Trier Møller (Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Prevention, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark), Jeff Brunstrom (Professor of Experimental Psychology, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK), and Clive Humby (joint Founder, Chairman & Head of Data Science at dunnhumby).

See full programme for 8th of May here and for the 9th of May here.

The conference is taking place in the beautiful city of Bristol, UK. Further information on the specific event location will be distributed closer to the event.

Registration and fees

Attendance of the conference is subject to a £50 fee to cover admin costs, lunch and refreshments. There is an additional fee of £30 for those intending to join the reception on the evening of May 8th.

The conference may be attended without presentation, or by acceptance of a submission, via sign up using this link. There will be options to access recorded content online for those who cannot attend in person.

Proceedings of the conference will be published in the International Journal for Population Data Science. The International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS) is delighted to be the official publisher for the Digital Footprints ’24. IJPDS is an electronic, open-access, peer-reviewed journal focusing on the science pertaining to population data. As 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.

The conference is organised by Turing Novel Data Linkage for Health and Wellbeing Interest Group. You can find more information about the group and how to sign up here.

Travelling to Bristol

If you plan to come by train, please check the news for any potential train strikes.

If you plan to come by car, you can park at West End Car Park, Millennium Square Car Park, Clifton Downs Shopping Centre Car Park. Each is between 10-15 minute walk to the location of the conference.

If you plan to come by coach, please check National Express or Megabus. Bristol Bus station is about 10-minute taxi ride to the location of the conference.

Contact us

For further questions, please email