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BSG Scotland and Dementia Services Development Centre Conference: Involving Older People

Iris Murdoch Building, University of Stirling, 14 June 2010

A one-day conference organised by BSG Scotland and Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling. Further details available here

Contact Email:susan.tester@stir.ac.uk



Transforming care: Provision, quality and inequalities in late life

International conference, 21-23 June, Eigtveds pakhus, Copenhagen

Call for Papers, Second Announcement

Newly-defined care policy designs, reorganisation of care policy approaches as well as measures to support informal family care have changed considerably patterns of elder care provision and the situation of carers. The restructurings have emerged against the background of extension and restriction of public support framed by fundamental criticism of the welfare state and persistent economic constraints. They are developing embedded in an increasing process of migration, challenging prevalent elder care policy approaches.

More specifically, the restructurings of elder care approacll disciplines are welcomehes occur in relation to a number of dimensions. There is a restructuring of formal care provision based on contradictory processes of professionalization and de-professionalization of care activities related to new patterns of cooperation and hierarchy between different groups among carers. Due to processes of informalisation and formalisation of care activities the borders between formal and informal care have been blurred as well as new types of hierarchies have been created. Quality of care are expected to be affected, as a consequence of the re-structuring of care policies, but also with regards to the changes towards informalisation and in the composition of the care force, where many countries attempt to attract migrant labour. New concepts of work organisations introduced are indifferently interrelated to the process of changes – initiating, supporting or impeding processes – and thus shaping processes and results. Practice remains unclear, thus necessitating further theoretical and empirical investigation.

The conference explores the dynamics and contexts of these restructuring processes and emerging challenges through a number of key themes:

-          Quality of care

-          Formalisation and informalisation of care (formal, semi-formal and informal care) and the situation of informal carers

-          Care staff: Shortage, transnational recruitment, professionalization, hierarchisation between carers

-          Changing work organisations: concepts and implementation

-          Intersection of different types of inequalities – gender, socio-economic class, ethnicity

We invite papers which address these and other issues related to changes in elderly care either in a single country or in a comparative perspective. All disciplines are welcome. We especially encourage submissions from PhD students. The deadline for submitting an abstract of no more than 250 words is February 28, 2010. See conference web page for further details www.sfi.dk/transformingcare2010

The conference will take place at the Eigtved conference center, placed centrally in Copenhagen.



The 1st International Congress on Controversies in Longevity, Health and Aging (CoLONGY) 
Barcelona, Spain, June 24-27, 2010

A Comprehensive Congress Fully Devoted to Clinical Debates and Controversial Issues in a Wide Spectrum of Longevity, Health and Aging.

Over the years the field of Geriatrics has witnessed an enormous expansion in clinical and basic data. Conferences are becoming more and more informative and there is often only limited time for thorough discussion. This development has created a great need to debate the many controversial issues and crystallize them into clinical conclusions.




Aging and Sleep 2010  ( www.aging-sleep.com), international and interdisciplinary meeting in LyonFrance.

The preliminary program is now available and contains an exciting mix of new data and reviews which should give busy physicians, health care professionals and researchers every opportunity to catch up with current concepts in the world of Geriatric Sleep Medicine.

Key topics include:

·        Falls and sleep disorders

·        Central sleep apnea in the elderly

·        Anaesthesia and sleep in the elderly

·        Therapeutic perspectives in sleep medicine

·        Age related sleep changes and sleep recordings in the elderly

·        Obstructive sleep apnea and cardiovascular morbidity

·        Clinical research perspectives in the elderly

·        Sleep apnea management in the elderly

·        Memory, dementia and sleep

·        Late life insomnia

This meeting will focus on diagnostic and therapeutic processes that have, or will have, real clinical use in the elderly. The expert faculty will discuss the best use of   main diagnostic tools and therapeutic strategies in your clinical practice.

Key dates:

June 25-26,   2010



International Association of Gerontology & Geriatrics, European Social Research Section Annual Conference
Gerontology Without Borders: Diversity in European & Transnational Research

Swansea University, UK   1st & 2nd July 2010
(supported by OPAN Cymru) 
Academic Convenor: Prof. Judith Phillips, School of Human & Health Sciences, Swansea University judith.e.phillips@swansea.ac.uk 
Conference Contact: Paul Nash, Centre for Innovative Ageing, Swansea University p.nash@swansea.ac.uk 
Conference Web Address: www.gerontology2010.swansea.ac.uk

Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. Ad van Berlo – Smart Homes (Netherlands)
Prof. Merril Silverstein – University of Southern California (USA)
Prof. Anne Martin-Matthews – Institute of Ageing (Canada)
Prof. Ariela Lowenstein – University of Haifa (Israel)
Mr. Paul Cann – Age Concern Oxford (UK)

Key Dates:
4th June – Final Registration

The theme ‘Gerontology without Borders: Diversity in European & Transnational Research’ provides a framework for interdisciplinary and international exchange on issues in ageing research, policy and practice. This exchange is promoted with a 2 day programme of keynotes, paper, poster and panel sessions with leading researchers from around the world. The conference is aimed at academics, policy makers, practitioners and managers and anyone interested in hearing about cutting edge research on the social and behavioural aspects of ageing. The conference is jointly hosted by the Older People and Ageing Research and Development Network in Wales (OPAN Cymru) and the British Society of Gerontology.



39th Annual British Society of Gerontology Conference

6 - 8 July 2010

Brunel University, West London

Confirmed keynote speakers: 
Professor Anne E. Martin-Matthews, University of British Columbia, Canada 
Professor Fiona Ross, St George’s University of London, UK 
Professor Julia Twigg, University of Kent, UK 
Helen Bartlett, Professor and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Monash University, Australia

  • Submission of abstracts: by 29th January 2010
  • Submission of symposium proposals: by 29th January 2010
  • Earlybird registration, up to and including: 7 May 2010
  • Full programme available: by 30 April 2010

For further information, please contact: 
Marianne Keane

Brunel Institute for Ageing Studies

Brunel University

Mary Seacole Building




Tel: +44 (0)189 5266197

Email: Marianne.Keane@Brunel.ac.uk

More information here



XVIIth ISA World Congress of Sociology 2010, “Sociology on the Move”

11 - 17 July 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden

RC11 – Sociology of Aging is organising a full programme of sessions during the ISA World Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden, 11-17th July 2010.

More information on the sessions to be held available here



3rd Annual One Day Conference: ‘Futures of Ageing: Science, Technology and Society’
Ageing, Body and Society Study Group
British Library, London, 19 July 2010

Confirmed Keynote address: Professor Simon Williams, University of Warwick ‘How Old is Your Brain?: Neuroculture, Active Ageing and Cognitive Decline’

The group organises seminars, workshops, conferences and other events and has an e-mail discussion list as well as a web page -www.britsoc.co.uk/specialisms/AgeingBodyandSociety. New members, including students, are very welcome to join the Group. To put your name on the Ageing, Body and Society Study Group mailing list and for further information contact Wendy Martin. wendy.martin@brunel.ac.uk



International Conference on Evidence-Based Policy in Long-term Care 
Held on: September 8th to 11th, 2010 

The organising committee is pleased to announce the following key-note speakers at the forthcoming “International Conference on Evidence-based Policy in Long-term Care”, to be held on 8th to 11th September at the London School of Economics and Political Science:

  • Professor Dennis Kodner keynote session on “Integrating Health and Social Care Services for Long Term Care Clients: Taking a Fresh Look”
  • Professor Naoki Ikegami keynote session on “Japan's Long-term Care Insurance: Lessons from ten years' experience”
  • Francesca Colombo keynote session on “Where to? Current models, performance and directions in financing long-term care in OECD economies”
  • Professor Edward Norton keynote session on “Economic issues in Informal Care”

The event aims to provide a forum for exchanging the latest international evidence on key long-term care policy topics, including how to organise, deliver, fund and regulate services. The emphasis is therefore on evaluative research with clear impact on policy.  Some of the topics covered by the conference will include: long-term care economics; service commissioning; regulation; institutional dynamics and politics; workforce and informal carers; analysis methods.

At the conference the new International Long-term care Policy Network (ILPN) will be launched.  ILPN will provide an ongoing international platform for sharing evidence on long term care policy among decision-makers, academics and the industry.

Please visit our website for more details www.lse.ac.uk/ltcconference2010  or contact us via email at ltcconference2010@lse.ac.uk

 Key dates:

- Extended deadline for submission of abstracts - 16th May, 2010

- Deadline for early bird registration - 30th May, 2010

- Deadline for registration- 1st July, 2010


Personal and Public Lives: Exploring Relationships, Roles, and Responsibilities International Conference

University of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. 7 September 2010 to 9 September 2010

Confirmed Plenary Speakers 

* Emeritus Professor Mavis Kirkham 
* Professor Eleanor Krassen Covan 
* Professor Jenny Hockey 
* Dr Amrit Wilson 

The Centre for Research in the Social Sciences and the Centre for Health and Social Care Research are hosting this international and interdisciplinary conference at the University of Huddersfield to explore how people live and experience their personal and public lives. 

The conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners. It will examine the interface between the personal and the public in order to offer insight into the multiple and diverse roles, relationships, and responsibilities that shape people’s everyday lives. 
The main themes and questions addressed by the conference are: 

* the negotiation of positive and negative aspects of relationships, within different settings such as health, social care, family and friendship networks 
* how do social and organisational contexts influence personal thoughts, emotions, desires, and actions? 
* the influence of personal background differences, such as age, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, and disability, on public relationships 
* changing roles and relationships in different contexts 

We particularly encourage critical perspectives on different theoretical and methodological approaches, emergent ideas, and empirical findings.




6th Congress of the EUGMS 2010

European Union Geriatric Medicine Society

Convention Centre Dublin, 29th September - 1st October 2010

On behalf of the EUGMS, the Irish Gerontological Society (one of the oldest scientific societies for ageing research in the world), and the Irish Society of Physicians in Geriatric Medicine, I would like to welcome you to the 6th Congress of the EUGMS in Dublin in 2010. Dublin is an attractive and historic venue, with a historic centre close to the conference centre, excellent transport links, direct air connections to every country in the EU, and a magnificent setting beside the sea and mountains. There is a strong tradition of research and education in geriatric medicine within Ireland, and Irish geriatric medicine (the largest internal medicine specialty in the country) has not only a prominent national profile but has also strongly supported the EUGMS since its foundation. Geriatric medicine is a cutting edge specialty within Europe, and is critical to the provision of effective healthcare for an ageing Europe. The 2010 conference theme of Geriatric Medicine: New Challenges, New Techniques and New Technologies harnesses the existing strengths of geriatric medicine to meet the new challenges of demography in the European Union and the changing economic climate by incorporating the rapid developments in many fields of technological development. The Congress will also feature EUGMS initiatives in areas such as medication licensing and older people, sarcopaenia, falls, vaccines and palliative care. An active social programme, plentiful submitted presentations, interactive poster presentations, and convivial surroundings will support learning, networking, interchanges, and deepen our sense of collegiality.




International Conference on Social Science, to be held in Kusadasi, Izmir, Turkey, from 7 – 8 October 2010.

For more information see: http://www.icssconference.net

This is a conference for those, who are interested in presenting paper in all fields of social sciences. The conference topic areas especially focus on such disciplines as economics, business, corporate and public governance, political science, sociology etc.

The aim of the conference is to bring together a wide audience of academicians, policy makers and practitioners   around clearly circumscribed topics, engage participants  in fruitful debate, and facilitate mutual understanding.  An additional goal of the conference is to provide a place for academicians and professionals with inter-disciplinary/ multi-disciplinary interests related to social sciences to  meet and interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines. The conference will result in a publication containing a selection of the papers that were presented at the conference.



43rd Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference ‘Building Bridges for People, Policy and Practice’

17th – 19th November 2010, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania

The conference is particularly looking for papers that examine the challenges of disconnection that occur not only through the individual ageing process, and for older people as a group within the community, but also between researchers, practitioners and policy makers, national state and local bureaucracies, and professions from different disciplinary backgrounds involved in the care and support of older people.

This will be a conference with a positive focus on examining ways for making connections and building bridges and will provide opportunities for presenters from every sector: older people, researchers, practitioners, bureaucrats and policy makers.




Healthy and Active Ageing for all Europeans II International Conference

Bologna, Italy, 14 April 2011 to 17 April 2011

In recent years great progress has been made in understanding the ageing phenomenon. Not only do we know better the role of many factors in healthy and active ageing, but various age-related deficiency and degeneration processes are today identified and innovative solutions are available, from biotechnology to new treatments, from preventive measures to efficient health care systems, and finally from financial support to quality of life enhancement for older persons. 

This Congress will provide a unique opportunity for scientific interdisciplinary dialogue among researchers, practitioners and professionals working with older persons in a vast array of sciences: biological, biomedical, chemical, clinical, engineering, nursing, psychology, social sciences, public health and policy.


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