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Videos and slides available: Introducing longitudinal population studies from a biomedical science perspective – Understanding Society & Growing Up in Scotland

The first webinar in our series exploring social science focused longitudinal population studies from a biomedical research perspective featured talks on Understanding Society and Growing Up in Scotland. Videos and presentation slides are available below.

About the webinar series

This ongoing webinar series aims to showcase a number of longitudinal population studies to biomedical science researchers who may be otherwise unfamiliar with the study data, what it can offer for biomedical research, and data access arrangements. The series is designed to introduce researchers to new studies that could be of use to them in their longitudinal research and investigations.

Each study presentation covers an overview of the study, what data has been collected, how to access the data, and research case studies.

Watch the introduction to Understanding Society

Prof Michaela Benzeval will introduce Understanding Society: The UK Longitudinal Household Study which follows the lives of thousands of individuals within households over time. The study commenced in 2009, building on and incorporating the long-running British Household Panel Survey, and covers all regions and nations of the UK. Information from the study has been used by researchers to investigate how changes in economic, social and health events affect individuals, households and communities.

Download the Understanding Society presentation slides

Watch the introduction to Growing Up in Scotland

Paul Bradshaw will explore Growing Up in Scotland which has, since 2005, tracked the lives of three cohorts of children and their families from the early years, through childhood and beyond. The main aim of the study is to provide new information to support policy-making in Scotland but the study is also intended to provide a resource for practitioners, academics, the voluntary sector and parents.

Download the Growing Up in Scotland presentation slides

Related webinars

In 2021-22, CLOSER ran a related webinar series introducing biomedical-focused longitudinal population studies from a social science perspective. The series introduced the following studies:

Further information

If you have any questions, or require further information, please contact CLOSER Digital Communications and Events Manager, Jennie Blows (