ADR UK Conference 2023 awards celebrate public good research and data infrastructure

Last week the ADR UK Conference 2023 took place in Birmingham, bringing together 400 researchers and other professionals working in the public good use of data. Delivered in partnership with the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the event focused on the theme of Public data for resilience and inclusion: Using administrative data to inform policy and practice in challenging times.

Following three days of conference activity – including a day of workshops, two days of presentations and a celebratory evening poster reception – Thursday culminated in the announcement of the ADR UK Conference 2023 award winners. Presented by Dr Emma Gordon (ADR UK) and Bill South (ONS), the awards celebrate excellent contributions to the conference across three categories. The judges agreed that competition was extremely tough, following the range of highly engaging talks and discussions.

Congratulations to the following award winners:

Best oral presentation

Emma Ross, Queens University Belfast: Emergency Department presentations with suicidal ideation:  A missed opportunity for intervention?

Suicidal ideation is a central element of many theories of suicide. Despite this, most research has focused on other suicidal behaviours such as self-harm. Emma’s presentation focused on a study examining the characteristics of those presenting to emergency departments with suicidal ideation, and the associated risk of suicide and other causes of death.

Dr Aideen Maguire (left) accepting the award for best oral presentation on behalf of Dr Emma Ross

Emma is a Research Fellow in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queens University Belfast.

Best student oral presentation

Claire Grant, University College London: Maternal disability and newborn discharge to child protection in Ontario, Canada.

Expectant mothers with disabilities can face additional challenges, including negative assumptions about their parenting capacity. Claire’s presentation focused on research comparing rates of newborn discharge to child protection for mothers with and without a disability.

Claire Grant (left) receiving the award for best student oral presentation

Claire is undertaking a PhD at UCL’s Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care.

Best poster presentation

James Hartley-Binns and the Integrated Data Service (IDS) Programme Engagement team, IDS: Data at your fingertips:  Promoting collaboration and efficient decision-making in the UK through the Integrated Data Service.

The Integrated Data Service (IDS) is a cross-government initiative, being led by the ONS. It will host data on a cloud-based platform, with the vision that all data will be indexed and linkable to all other datasets. This will give users the ability to bring together ready-to-use data for richer analytical insight on a platform with greater and faster computing power.

James Hartley-Binns (left) receiving the award for best poster presentation

Find out more about the IDS, including the transition from the ONS Secure Research Service.

As well as the diverse range of research presentations taking place across the parallel sessions, the conference also saw four keynote speakers deliver fascinating talks against each of the conference subthemes:

  • Professor Marion Oswald MBE, Professor of Law at Northumbria University and part-time Senior Research Associate at the Alan Turing Institute:
    Ethics, law and social implications
  • Professor Peter Mackie, Professor in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University:
    Data linkage, methods, systems and technology
  • Ed Humpherson, Director General for Regulation at the UK Statistics Authority and Head of the Office for Statistics Regulation:
    Public engagement and involvement in population data research
  • Professor Rohini Mathur, Chair of Health Data Science at Queen Mary University of London:
    Research to support renewal, recovery and resilience.

Read some reflections on the first day’s keynote talks.

In case you missed it, you can also read our interview with two members of the conference delegation led by Corsorcio IDI, a consortium of universities for an integrated data infrastructure in Chile.

We hope you enjoyed the ADR UK Conference 2023. Special thanks to all those involved in making the event a success, including the organising team at ONS, the scientific committee, our keynote speakers, workshop facilitators, chairs, judges, sponsors, peer reviewers, presenters and delegates. If you attended the conference, please complete the feedback form.

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