In pictures: The ADR UK Conference 2023

In November, the ADR UK Conference 2023 brought almost 400 delegates to Birmingham to exchange knowledge and ideas. Delivered in partnership with the Office for National Statistics, the conference focused on the theme of Public data for resilience and inclusion: Using administrative data to inform policy and practice in challenging times.  

Thank you to everyone who participated in or attended the conference, we hope you found it enjoyable and engaging.   

Across the conference, we heard from four fascinating keynote speakers, each exploring one 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

Delegates at the conference also had a chance to put their questions to the speakers, which resulted in some engaging discussions.

Read more about what we heard from the speakers

Left: Professor Marion Oswald; Right: Professor Peter Mackie

Conference attendees putting their questions to the speakers

Left: Professor Rohini Mathur; Right: Ed Humpherson

Throughout the conference, delegates could choose from a wide range of presentations to attend across the parallel sessions. Researchers shared findings on a variety of topics and engaged in discussions. 

Explore the #ADRUKConf23 hashtag on X (formerly Twitter) for a look at some of the sessions, or read the conference abstracts on the International Journal of Population Data Science website. You can also read some reflections from University of Glasgow PhD researchers, Yusuff Adebayo Adebisi and Mridhula Gopalan. 


Presenters share a variety of topics with the delegates in the parallel sessions. 

Meanwhile, lunch-breaks gave delegates a chance to network with each other. They also had time to engage with a range of sponsors and exhibitors from across the public good data research sector. 

Delegates visit the exhibition stands of the three conference sponsors: Research Data Scotland, DARE UK (Data and Analytics Research Environments UK), and HDR UK (Health Data Research UK). 


A delegation from Consorcio IDI - a Chilean consortium of universities for an integrated data research infrastructure - also attended the conference and exchanged knowledge with ADR UK.

Read their perspectives 


On Wednesday evening, a range of presenters showcased their research at the poster reception. Delegates explored the posters and discussed the findings with the researchers. The event was introduced by a local academic, Professor Krish Nirantharakumar from the University of Birmingham's Institute of Applied Health Research. 

Browse the published posters

Delegates explore the posters and speak to the presenters. Bottom right: Professor Krish Nirantharakumar addresses the room. 


The conference closed with the presentation of the ADR UK Conference 2023 awards, which recognised excellent contributions to the agenda.

Left: Dr Aideen Maguire (left) accepts the award for best oral presentation on behalf of the winner, Dr Emma Ross. Centre: James Hartley-Binns (left) accepts the award for best poster presentation. Right: Claire Grant (left) accepts the award for best student oral presentation. 

Find out more about the winners  


Many thanks to all the attendees and participants of the ADR UK Conference 2023 for all their engagement. We hope to continue these discussions at future events.  

Left: The conference scientific committee; Right: The conference organising committee. 

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