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22nd GSS Methodology Symposium

The 22nd GSS Methodology Symposium 2017: Registration, third call for abstracts, and dates for your diary

The 22nd GSS Methodology Symposium will take place on Wednesday the 12th of July 2017 at the Westminster Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, London.

Methodology: Insight; Innovation; Implementation; Impact

As researchers and methodologists we are driven quite naturally to look for the insight and innovation that leads to improved or better methods than those we already have. There is no doubt that this drive helps to ensure that the professional advice and statistical analyses provided by the GSS year on year remains at the heart of Government policy and decision making. And yet, we are often challenged about the impact of our work – ‘it’s all very interesting, but what difference does it actually make?’ In some cases, the challenge may be valid, but in many cases, the significance of the research and methodology that underpins policy and decision making remains largely unrecognised simply because it does not make the press release or glossy public facing visualisation.

Call for abstracts open until April 30th

GSSM22 will provide an opportunity for researchers and methodologists not only to share their work, but also to pause, consider why it is important, and celebrate how it has made, or has the potential to make, a real difference. Potential speakers are invited to submit abstracts to the symposium outlining recent or planned insights and innovation in methodology but with particular emphasis on the implementation and impact that work has had, or could have in the future. Submissions outlining the development of traditional and/or newly emerging methodologies are all very welcome. Submissions can cover theory, applied methodology, or wider issues associated with the ongoing development of methodology in the GSS.

Abstracts should be submitted as an MS Word document using the following template.

Abstracts should be submitted to

Dates for your diary:

  • 30th April Abstract submission deadline
  • 19th May Confirmation of abstract acceptance (Deadline for presentation slides for accepted abstracts: 23rd of June)

The programme so far…

Although it is too early to talk about the final GSSM22 programme we are pleased to announce that confirmed key note speakers include:

  • John Pullinger (The National Statistician GSS);
  • Sarah Henry (currently Head of Intelligence; Performance, Manchester CC; soon to be the new Executive Director, MDR, ONS);
  • Jane Naylor (Deputy Director, PMSI ONS);
  • Peter Smith (Professor of Social Statistics, Southampton University);
  • James Gillan (Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency)

There will also be a dedicated parallel session focusing on the new Data Science Campus led by Tom Smith (The Data Science Campus MD)

All in all, GSSM22 is taking good shape promising a range of talks and presentations that will address the Symposium theme from an extremely wide and varied set of experiences and perspectives.

Registration opens on April 10th

Registration will be open at 10 a.m on the 10th of April 2017

Places are limited to 150 delegates so early registration is highly recommended. Registration fees:

  • Early-bird: £125 (available up to and including the 26th of May 2017)
  • Standard: £200

Registration fees include refreshments throughout the day and a buffet lunch. To register, please click on this link after 10 a.m on the 10th of April 2017:

More dates for your diary:

  • 26th May Last day for Early-bird registration
  • 30th June Registration closed

Please Note:
You will not be able to register before the date and time specified.
The GSSM Symposium is a non-profit making event. All delegates, presenters, and organisers are expected to register.
Please send all correspondence to


Kind Regards
The GSSM22 Team