Abstracts must have been submitted before 11:59pm WST (GMT +8), Australia on Friday, 6 March 2020. Click here to convert your local time.

Key dates for abstract submissions

Call for abstracts open

Call for abstracts close

18 December 2019

6 March 2020

On behalf of the International Population Data Linkage Network’s (IPDLN) Scientific Committee, we invite you to participate in the 2020 IPDLN Conference on 27-29 October, 2020, at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia.

The 2020 IPDLN Conference: Data Linkage: Information to Impact, is an international forum for the presentation and discussion of research and innovation.

We welcome the submission of abstracts for oral, poster, rapid firesymposium sessions and creative presentations. All abstracts presented will be posted on the IPDLN website, and published in the International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS), the official publisher for the 2020 IPDLN Conference.


Submissions are invited for presentations at the 2020 International Population Data Linkage Network Conference which address the conference themes:

  • Research using real-world data
    Applied research; case studies of health/social/economic impact with linked data research; health service evaluation; work that has contributed new knowledge to health or social science; approaches to knowledge exchange and translation.
  • Multi-sector data linkage
    Overcoming challenges and sensitivities of cross-sectoral and cross-jurisdictional data linkage; linkage to non-health data; linking to other emerging data types; data on social determinants of health and well-being.
  • Tackling global issues through data linkage
    Climate science; environmental health; sustainability; cross-national data sharing; migration; poverty; child abuse and neglect.
  • Indigenous health and well-being
    Data on first-nations populations; cultural awareness with data-driven research; cultural indicators for health and well-being; cultural data custodianship and governance; data sovereignty.
  • Data linkage, methods, systems and technology
    Innovative data platforms, measurement, reporting, improvement, and managing bias; data interoperability; quality and standards; new linkage approaches; capacity building.
  • Advanced analytics and methods
    Computational and statistical approaches to deal with large-scale, complex and non-standard data; data visualisation; next generation analytics; business intelligence analytics.
  • Public involvement, ethics, law and social implications
    Navigating regulatory and legal environments; data governance models; confidentiality; privacy and data security; ethical issues; working towards public understanding and assent; community involvement; patient/citizen scientists; policies and guidelines.

Abstract guidelines

The Scientific Committee (SC) invites abstract submissions for presentation in the following formats:

Oral Presentations will be grouped by the SC into thematically related areas and presented in concurrent sessions. Each oral presenter will be given 10 minutes to share their work, and 5 minutes for Q&A, for a total of 15 minutes. Abstracts submitted for consideration as oral presentations will be considered for rapid fire or poster presentations if not accepted for the oral format. 

Rapid Fire Presentations will be presented during dedicated rapid fire concurrent sessions during the conference. Each presenter will have 3 minutes to present their work using only one slide. The presentation should focus mainly on results and impact or novelty of the findings. Rapid Fire presentation details will be emailed to those selected.  The emphasis is on creative and stimulating presentations.

Poster Presentations will be on display at the conference. The viewing format for the posters will be confirmed after the call for abstracts is completed and presentations are selected. Poster presentation details will be emailed to those selected.

Symposium Sessions (limited) are designed to allow a more in-depth approach to the topic. Your abstract will require an outline of the proposed symposium session and what areas will be focussed upon. The suggested number of presenters: 3 – 5 presenters, including a chairperson.  At least 15-20% of the total allotted time must be devoted to audience interaction.  Duration options 60 to 90 minutes.

Creative Presentations: The SC welcomes creative and non-traditional presentations.  These could include use of video, images, animation, live performance and other alternatives to simple slides with bullet points.  Submitters opting for creative presentations should submit traditional format abstracts and indicate “creative/non-traditional presentation” using the check box in the abstract submission form.  The abstract should include a brief information on the nature of the creative presentation and any considerations/requirements.  Creative presentations will be distributed across concurrent sessions, within thematically-related areas. There are limited spaces available for this format. Creative presentation details will be emailed to those selected.

When you submit your abstract you will have the option to identify your preferred presentation format(s) for which you would like your abstract considered.  Where multiple presentation formats are selected, oral presentations will be given first priority, followed by rapid fire presentations and finally posters.  All abstracts will be reviewed by the SC and successful submissions will be grouped into sub-themes taking into account of author preference.

Abstract preparation

To facilitate peer review, abstracts should be submitted in a structured format comprising the following sections (overall maximum 300 words):

The online process will collect information regarding the presenter and co-authors and affiliations. It will also collect preference for oral, rapid fire, poster or creative presentations, and whether the submission represents a student project.

Abstracts must be submitted in a structured format comprising four sections:

  • Introduction (What is Known)
  • Objectives and Approach
  • Results
  • Conclusion/Implications
  • The abstract submitted should not exceed 300 words.

Abstracts submitted to this conference should reflect original work. If questions arise about the eligibility of work for submission to this conference, please contact the organisers to discuss the details via email

Authors accept sole responsibility for the statements in their abstracts. Abstracts should be carefully proofread to avoid errors. Once the abstract has been submitted, editing can only be performed in exceptional circumstances by contacting the organisers. 

Instructions and Important Information

Abstracts must be submitted before 11:59pm WST, Australia on Friday 6 March 2020. Abstracts received after this deadline will NOT be accepted.

  • Each abstract is to be submitted for one of four preferred formats
  • Proposals for presentations should select a primary theme (see above) which they would like to be considered, and up to two other themes that are also applicable
  • Proposals for presentations of any format must identify the presenting author as the main contact
  • All abstracts must be submitted using IPDLN’s online abstract submission process
  • The text should appeal to IPDLN’s interdisciplinary membership
  • All presenters accepted through the abstract submission process and/or presenting at the conference must register.  In addition, if the accepted presenter invites additional speakers to present with them at the conference, the additional speakers must also register to attend the conference.
  • All speakers are responsible for their own related expenses. Travel and accommodation costs will not be covered.
  • There is no limit to the number of abstracts an author may submit; however, the number of accepted presentations may be limited for each presenter. Groups of authors are therefore encouraged to share presenting responsibilities
  • Accepted abstracts will be posted on the IPDLN website and published in the International Journal of Population Data Science
  • Please note that the main body of the abstract will not be edited. The author is responsible for any spelling, grammatical or typographical errors
  • All presentations will be in English
  • Abstract submissions should be for research that is either complete or will have significant findings by the conference date
  • Names of authors and organisations must not appear in the text of the abstract (to allow for blind peer review
  • Avoid specialized jargon and undefined abbreviations. Do not include tables, figures, diagrams, footnotes, references or acknowledgements in the text of the abstract
  • The conference office will aim to meet all reasonable requests for audio-visual equipment, based on the type and duration of the presentation. Upon acceptance, the conference secretariat will confirm audio visual details for your presentation
  • Please be sure to note specific requirements or considerations when submitting your abstract online


Criteria Oral, Rapid Fire, Poster, Symposium Sessions and Creative presentations:

  • Using a blind review process, the SC will guide a review of abstracts using the following criteria:
  • The abstract is clear and well organised;    
  • The content of the abstract provides new insight and/or knowledge/innovation in the use of data or techniques;
  • The proposed presentation will be of significant interest to conference delegates and addresses the conference theme;
  • The content of the abstract suggests actual or potential value from the work.


The IPDLN 2020 proceedings will be published in the International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS):


The conference will be held in the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia (


All questions about submissions should be emailed to

Terms and Conditions

  • The lodgement of an abstract does not indicate automatic inclusion in the conference program.
  • Abstract receipt and acceptance will be acknowledged to the submitting author.
  • Further communication will be with the submitting author only unless otherwise directed.
  • Abstracts must adhere to the abstract requirements and be submitted before the call for abstracts close.
  • Each abstract must have at least one author registered by the early bird closing date. If no author is registered by this date, the abstract will be withdrawn from the conference program.