Annual Scientific Meeting


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The Society for Social Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting (the UK’s leading population health conference) takes place in Glasgow in 2018. It is being organised by colleagues from the University of Glasgow and the wider public health community in Glasgow The 62nd ASM will be held at the Technology and Innovation Centre, George Street.

Chair of the Local Organising Committee, Ruth Dundas said “I am pleased that SSM is returning to Glasgow in 2018. It really is a great conference for people interested in population health and I hope many of you will consider attending. The abstract deadline is 1st March 2018, so start planning your submission now.”

What is the SSM 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting? 

A three-day academic and professional conference with a mix of high quality, peer-reviewed oral presentations, posters and workshops and ample opportunity for networking. Two keynote lectures will be delivered by Professor Kate Hunt (the Cochrane Lecture) and Professor Mel Bartley (the Pemberton Lecture). Oral presentations run in parallel and are organised by topics, including Health Inequalities, Health Services Research, Lifecourse, Neighbourhoods & Communities, Mental Health & Wellbeing. 

Why should I attend? 

Social medicine is the study of health in its widest sense. It covers a range of subjects including epidemiology, the medical and health needs of society, health services, and the prevention of disease. This conference spans all research that addresses important issues in population health sciences and includes qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. Everyone interested in population health sciences can come together to share information and network in a rigorous yet friendly atmosphere.

Who attends?

Last year the conference attracted over 250 participants from all over the world, ranging from senior academics to postgraduate students, with strong representation from the wider public health community. Disciplines ranged from epidemiology, health service research, psychology, public health and social sciences. 26 free places were awarded to attendees on student stipends or low incomes, and almost 100 people attended pre-conference workshops on career development and mentorship.

Important Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: 1st March 2018

Conference registration opens: May 2018

Conference Dates: 5-7 September 2018

Join us:

Become an SSM member (annual subscription £35) and enjoy a range of benefits, including reduced conference fees, automatic membership to the European Public Health Association, and access to a members networking platform and a mentoring scheme.

Read abstracts from 2017 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health



21 responses to “Annual Scientific Meeting

  1. Hello! I would like to know the Theme and venue for the 2015 SSM Annual Scientific Meeting. Thanks, Y.S. Sivan

    • Hi,

      We don’t currently specify themes for the ASM. We accept anything that addresses population health.

      The venue will be UCD, Dublin.


  2. Hello, I would like to know the deadlines (submission paper) for the 2015ssM meeting. Thank you. IG

  3. Hi Irene,

    The actual dates haven’t been decided yet, but it is be sometime in March 2015. Hope this helps.


    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I have just checked and there are no plans to provide creche facilities. I’m very sorry about this as we appreciate that it makes it harder for lots of people. This is something that we will be looking into for future ASMs.


    • Hi Victoria,

      The registration fee hasn’t been finalised yet. This year registration will be separate from accommodation, but last year’s registration + accommodation fee was about £450 for members. This year will be comparable. We will let you know when we know more,



  4. What is the delegate rates for the annual meeting? I am thinking of submitting an abstract but I would need to know the cost in attendance in advance. Thanks


    • Hi Catherine,

      The registration fee hasn’t been finalised yet. This year registration will be separate from accommodation, but last year’s registration + accommodation fee was about £450 for members. This year will be comparable. We will let you know when we know more,



  5. please i would love to attend this conference but i don’t know my way round dublin, never been before, and there is no much details here to help me register, accommodation or phone to contact.,
    I live in manchester.

    • Hi Dr Achioyamen,

      More conference info, including details of accommodation and registration will be going on the website tomorrow. Hope this helps,


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  8. We are considering our submissions for 2017. I realise full details are not available yet. However, is it possible to clarify whether there is the intention in 2017 to still have any restrictions regarding the number of submissions/accepted submissions per person? I have been involved in a few projects and we think they are interesting and would like to submit them to SSM ASM. However, some of them are unfunded, so we cannot afford to send extra people to the conference – meaning that I will be the only person available to attend. Is there a policy against this, or could an exception be applied for if more than one is accepted, given our financial situation? Many thanks.

    • Hi Maxwell,
      We have no current plans to relax this restriction regarding delegates delivering multiple oral presentations. In the past the same presenter has had both oral and poster, but we remain keen to restrict duplicate oral presenters. We do provide a number of free ECR places which cover travel, registration and accommodation so it may be worth encouraging some of the less experienced team members to considering submitting these abstracts.
      Mark Kelson

  9. Hello,

    I was just wondering if the call for submissions had been announced yet (doesn’t seem so as I cannot find information on your webpage) and if not, when it would be/what the deadline would be? Thanks!

    • Hi Martine,

      Abstract submission will be open for about a month from early February. Keep an eye on this site and our twitter feed (@socscomed) for updates.

      Hope this helps


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