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Government Statistical Service (GSS) Methodology Symposium 26

From 2nd November 2021 9:00 am to 3rd November 2021 1:00 pm
Online - MS Teams

The Government Statistical Service Methodology Symposium 26 (GSSM26) is our 26th annual event hosted by the Methodology division of the Office for National Statistics. Please note registration for this event closed on 26 October

This event aims to:

  • promote innovation in and debate around methods and research to produce official statistics and analysis
  • encourage collaborative working by bringing together analysts from across the GSS, the broader Government Analysis Function and other interested stakeholders including academia, international statistical organisations and the private sector

Dates and times

The event will run 9.30am to 1pm on both the 2 and 3 November 2021.

Theme for GSSM26

This year the theme is statistical methods in an age of disruption.

The coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic and Brexit have highlighted the importance of the UK Statistical System to inform on economic and social disruption. Together with major programmes such as Census 2021, National Data Strategy, the Levelling Up and Net Zero agendas and the Integrated Data Programme, methods and research within official statistics and analysis are facing unprecedented challenges for innovation. The symposium will explore what this means for methodology in the GSS.

Who the GSSM26 is for

The GSSM26 is open to:

  • members of the GSS
  • other analysts belonging to the Government Analysis Function
  • anyone with an interest in the methods used to produce official statistics, for example, other civil servants, academics or analysts in non-government organisations

Call for abstracts and posters (infographics)

As in previous years, we will include parallel sessions on each day, giving the opportunity for analysts to present their research on methods for official statistics to a like-minded and engaged audience. The parallel sessions will last for one hour and contain three presentations each running for 15 minutes with five minutes for discussion and questions.

How to submit

The call for abstracts and poster ideas is now closed.


With keynote speakers including Professor David Spiegelhalter, Sir Ian Diamond, Dr Ben Goldacre and Professor Kamlesh Khunti, this year’s event will include a combination of live presentations, parallel sessions, and networking opportunities.

View the provisional agenda [ODT 15KB], please note this may be subject to change.


Registration has now closed.


For any enquiries, or if you would like further information about GSSM26 please email