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Welcome to the Society for Social Medicine & Population Health

The Society for Social Medicine and Population Health is devoted to the study of health in its widest sense. It recognises the broad determinants of health – income and poverty, education, environmental factors such as housing and transport – as well as health care and genetic influences. The Society aims to promote the development of scientific knowledge in social medicine. This covers a range of subjects, including epidemiology, the medical and health needs of society, the provision and organisation of health services and the prevention of disease.

The nature of social medicine requires a multi-disciplinary approach to the development of scientific knowledge. The disciplines involved include medicine, epidemiology, statistics, economics, social science and many others. Membership of the Society is open to anyone whose work is consistent with the Society’s objective.

To achieve its objective, the Society holds an annual scientific meeting and one or two other scientific meetings each year which focus on particular themes. The formats of the meetings allow for presentations by researchers and leading experts in their fields, reports of new research findings, and opportunities for developing and maintaining networks and friendships. The Society also maintains a website and a blog, distributes a newsletter and other relevant material to its members, and responds to consultation documents. The Society is affiliated with the European Public Health Association and is a member of the International Epidemiological Association’s European Epidemiology Federation.

The Society was founded in 1956.

2024 Annual Scientific Meeting

Hello everyone

We are pleased to announce that the Annual Scientific Meeting for the Society for Social Medicine and Population Health will take place in Glasgow on Wednesday, 4th – Friday, 6th September 2024, with ECR pre-events on 3rd September 2024.

You can expect a lot of what makes the ASM such an exciting event every year: cutting-edge research, opportunities for networking and professional development, and a slate of expert panellists and speakers.  We are working hard between the scenes to make the ASM an inclusive in-person experience, with plenty of outdoor activities and an engaging social programme.

The deadline for abstract submission is 23:59 (GMT) Monday 26th February 2024

Check our website or Twitter for further details and regular updates.

We are excited to see you in Glasgow.

With best wishes

The LOC Organising Committee


Annual Scientific Meeting
Sept 4-6 2024

Annual Scientific Meeting
Sept 6-8 2023

Abstract submission deadline
February 28 2023

Annual Scientific Meeting
Sept 7-9 2022

Abstract submission deadline
February 28 2022

Sept 15-17 2021

Abstract submission deadline
March 15 2021

Annual Scientific Meeting – virtual conference
Sept 9 - 11 2020

ASM Registration opens
May 2020


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  • I really enjoyed the early career researcher workshop, having the opportunity to meet other people at my stage of research and take the time to think about future plans and prospects was extremely valuable.
  • I really enjoyed the warm and welcoming atmosphere, which was created from the outset.
  • I would say that SSM presents a great opportunity for any ECR working in the area of public health and its associated topics such as epidemiology, statistics and policy, to engage with a wide audience.
  • A packed 3 days in Glasgow. I am leaving with the Celtic rhythm in my feet, Haggis in my belly and an inspirational assemblage of academic diversity in my mind from the Society of Social Medicine Conference 2018.
  • I appreciated the balance of keynote topic areas, particularly the review on child poverty and health inequality. I feel it is important to be reminded of the stark impact of health inequalities on vulnerable groups, and our responsibility as researchers to communicate findings, and work to ensure that such outcomes do not persist. Lastly, Cork is an incredible city, and to have the support of a free place with all accommodation arrangements so smoothly arranged was also very much appreciated (without which I would not have been able to attend).
    Gargie Ahmad PhD student, King's College London
  • I’ve really liked working with someone in my own field, but not my own institution. In my own institution we are paired with people outwith our department, which is quite a different experience.
  • I found it helpful to connect with another person, to feel useful and supportive, to have the great experience of helping someone to move forward
  • Very useful, a source of independent advice and a sounding board for my ideas. Really helped me secure promotion
  • I found it helpful to talk to someone outside my immediate network with similar experiences but from a different perspective
  • I found it helpful receiving information from someone who is impartial and has no vested interests in the kind of work I am doing