Pre-conference: Longitudinal studies on social security, work and health - defining measurements, statistical analyses and ethical issues

Wednesday 9 November, 9:00 – 17:00 CET in Beta 3


Organised by:

EUPHA Social security, work and health section


This pre-conference focuses on methods in longitudinal studies on social security, work and health - defining measurements, statistical analyses and ethical issues. As the field of Social security, work and health grows, the methods used are becoming increasingly advanced and sophisticated. This pre-conference will give participants an opportunity to listen to and discuss state-of-the-art presentations of current methodological developments of the field, as well as reflect over some current methodological issues in small-group discussions. The topics range from the detailed level of measurements and statistical techniques, to the broad and conceptual level of ethical and political considerations when researching social security, work and health.

The pre-conference will combine talks on current methodological developments followed by whole-group discussions on the topics of the presentations, with round-table discussions between participants on current issues.

Presenters and moderators

  • Femke Abma, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Kristin Farrants, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Emilie Friberg, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jan Hoving, Amsterdam UMC, the Netherlands
  • Jurgita Narusyte, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Chantelle Murley, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Angelique de Rijk, Maastricht University, the Netherlands.
  • Merel Schuring, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands


09:00 – 10:30   Core measures of work participation

10:30 – 11:00    Coffee/tea break

11:00 – 12:30    Causal inferences from register and observational data

12:30 – 13:30    Lunch break

13:30 – 15:00    Round-table discussions (including introductions) on methodological topics

Round table 1: Cultural adaptions of measures/questionnaires and scoring scales´ transferability

Round table 2: Statistical methods for investigating individual-level changes over time: Sequence analyses and group-based trajectory analyses

Round table 3: Network analyses/big data/machine learning/complex data

Round table 4: Legislations across countries and how this affects study populations and translation of results into practice

15:00 – 15:30     Coffee/tea break

15:30 – 17:00     Wrap-up including ethical and political implications



The registration fee is € 150 which includes networking lunch and refreshments. Dinner is at the expense of the participants.