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From left to right: David Ford, Peter Smith, Chris Dibben, Dermot O’Reilly, Anna Vignoles, Mark Elliot, Peter Christen, Michael Schull

Thank you to all those who made the 2018 International Conference for Administrative Data Research (#2018ADR) a successful event:  the funders, organisers, sponsors, keynotes and invited speaker, session presenters, poster presenters, attendees, and Queen’s University Belfast who hosted this conference.

This conference was funded through generous support from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) along with the Health and Social Care Research and Development Division (HSC R&D) in Northern Ireland.

This year’s conference—the 5thin the series of administrative data research conferences—hosted nearly 250 attendees from around the UK, Europe, Australia, and Canada.  Attendees came to share expertise, transfer knowledge, and build collaborations.

The conference kicked off on June 21, 2018 with a keynote from Dr Michael Schull, President, CEO and Senior Scientist from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Ontario, Canada.  Day one continued with a special talk on the challenges of linking administrative databases by Professor Peter Christen of the Australian National University. Throughout the day in parallel sessions, academic and government researchers presented their research projects which fell under the themes of children and education, the world of work, growing old, health and wellbeing, and methodology.

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Kerina Jones, IJPDS Editor in Chief & winner of the ADR2018 best poster prize, Lauren North
Dr Kerina Jones presents the IJPDS prize for best poster presentation to Laura North

Day one of the conference concluded with the International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS) presenting a prize for the best poster presentation to Laura North for her poster titled, “Osteoporosis and Fracture Risk in Wales.”

Then, attendees had the pleasure of drinks, dinner, and ceilidh dancing at the Belfast City Hall.  Thank you to Lord Mayor Deirdre Hargey for hosting the reception and sharing the rich history of the city hall.

Professor Anna Vignoles of the University of Cambridge opened the second day of the conference to a full house where she talked about the future of administrative data research in the UK from an ESRC perspective.  Day two continued with over 40 presentations covering diverse topics from mental health and disease to pregnancy, health inequalities in childhood, and co-production in research.

The Belfast sunshine and warmth on June 21-22, 2018 was a reflection of the good cheer and collegiality of the many attendees who seized the opportunity to share and collaborate in this growing field of administrative data research.