Methodology Symposium 2022: deadline extended for abstract submissions

The Methodology Symposium 2022 will be hosted by the Methodology and Quality Directorate of the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The Symposium will take place virtually on Tuesday 8 November and Wednesday 9 November 2022.

The theme builds on previous years’ symposia on what has been learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, and now looks forward to how we can better respond to future global events.

The Methodology Symposium is an annual event to celebrate innovation in statistical methods and research for official statistics. This event was previously known as the Government Statistical Service (GSS) Methodology Symposium. We have changed the name this year to be more inclusive and open to a wider analytical community.

Now in its 27th year, this event aims to:

  • promote innovation in methods to produce official statistics and statistical research
  • help with knowledge sharing and encourage collaborations by bringing together analysts from across the Analysis Function, academia, and the private sector
  • stimulate debate around topics of statistical importance, including quality


We are now calling for abstracts to present innovative methodological work in official statistics and statistical research from the past year. Abstract submissions might fall into one or more topic areas within the context of public trust, collaboration, and innovative methods. Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • data collection
  • estimation and optimisation
  • indexes, classification and frameworks
  • data linkage
  • statistical methods using administrative data
  • statistical modelling and prediction
  • Data Science
  • quality in statistics

Please use the Methodology Symposium 2022 template to create an abstract for your presentation or rapid-fire talk (ODT, 1.25KB). You can send your abstract to

Closing date for abstracts

The closing date for abstracts has now been extended. Please submit your abstract by Friday 9 September 2022.

If you would like to talk through an idea for presentation or rapid-fire talk, please email us at

More information

You can find more information about the Methodology Symposium 2022 on our events page.

For any enquiries, or if you would like further information about the event please email the team at