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Forthcoming conferences:


Imagining Futures seminar on Thursday, 11 February 2010, hosted by The Centre for Ageing and Biographical Studies at The Open University and the Centre for Policy on Ageing, in London.  The focus of the day is the methodology, and methods, for researching the future in relation to ageing and the lives of older people.  Linda Pickard will be speaking about researching the future with survey data referring to work around projections of family care for older people. Programme available here (PDF)

Places at the seminar are limited.  Email Angela Clark  aclark@cpa.org.uk  to reserve a place.


'Researching the Early Experience of Dementia: Qualitative Approaches'

Tuesday 16 February 10.00am – 4.00pm

Led by Professor Steven Sabat (Georgetown University) and Professor Murna Downs (Bradford Dementia Group)

Target audience: postgraduate students and practitioners/professionals keen to get feedback from service users.

The fee is £50. To register your interest please email m.downs@bradford.ac.uk

Murna Downs, Chair in Dementia Studies, Head, Bradford Dementia Group, Division of Dementia Studies, School of Health Studies, Bradford University Bradford, BD5 OBB, West Yorkshire. TEL 00 44 1274 233996. FAX 00 44 1274 236395. email: m.downs@bradford.ac.uk



Universities and active ageing: engaging older learners

Universities UK and The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) are hosting a one-day conference on engaging older learners in education and training onWednesday 17 February 2010.  The conference will be held at Woburn House Conference Centre, London WC1.

To book your place and to look at the full agenda, please click on the link below:


The day is for those responsible for the development of university strategy as well as those interested in running educational programmes for older people.  It’s also for those who want to expand programmes for professionals who provide care for the elderly.

Speakers include:

·         Angela Eagle MP, Minister of State for Pensions and the Ageing Society, Department for Work and Pensions (invited)

·         Professor Dame Janet Finch, Vice-Chancellor, Keele University

·         Professor Chris Phillipson, Professor of Applied Social Studies and Social Gerontology, Keele University

·         Tom Schuller, Director of the Inquiry into the Future for Lifelong Learning and former Head of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

·         Sir David Watson, School of Lifelong Education & International Development, Institute of Education

A new Universities UK report, produced by Professor Chris Phillipson, will be launched at the conference, which examines the future potential of this market for the higher education sector.

Both the report and conference will look at the ways in which your institution can develop programmes in this area, with a series of discussion groups led by universities that already have programmes in place.

Click here to book your place today

Click here to see the full agenda

The cost of attending is £180 (This event is exempt from VAT).


Ageing Population 2010

25th February 2010, QEII Conference Centre, London

The Ageing Population Conference 2010 on the 25 February will bring together
key partners from the public, private and third sectors responsible for the delivery of key initiatives
designed to ensure that older people live longer, healthier and more active lives.

Speaking at this event are:

Angela Eagle MP, Minister of State for Pensions and the Ageing Society (Provisionally Confirmed)
Alexandra Norrish, Head of Social Care Strategy, Department of Health (Confirmed)
Daron Walker, Director Fuel Poverty Review, Department for Energy and Climate Change (Confirmed)
Barbara Young, Chair, Care Quality Commission (Confirmed)
Stephen O’Brien MP, Shadow Health Minister (Confirmed)
Oliver James, Broadcaster, Journalist & Author of ‘Contented Dementia’ (Confirmed)
Andrew Forrest, WSD Programme Manager, Cornwall (Confirmed)
Councillor Felicity Hindson, Executive Member for Adult Social Care, Hampshire County Council (Confirmed)
Claire Rayner, Broadcaster (Confirmed)
Oliver Mills, Managing Director of Kent Social Services (Confirmed)

This means that attendance at any of our events can contribute to your Continuing Personal and
Professional Development and help you meet your own targets. All attendees will be provided with access
to download the event CPD certificate post-conference.

For more information please visit www.govnet.co.uk/ageing


Cognitive health and Wellbeing across the lifespan

Cogworks and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation will be hosting this conference on February 25th in the Great Hall at Queen's University Belfast. Participation in this conference is free and early registration is advised.

This full day conference will showcase a roundup of evidence in Northern Ireland relevant to older people completed by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation & work by the Cogworks Research Network on the determinants of cognitive health, carers, the built environment and adaptive technology
Speakers include:
Dame Joan Harbison, The Older People's Advocate in Northern Ireland
Professor Katherine Pearson, Dickinson School of Law Penn State University
Dr Judith Torrington, The School of Architecture University of Sheffield
Professor R. Mark Mathews, Chair of Ageing, Health and Disability, University of Sydney, Australia
Professor Bernie Hannigan, Director of Health & Social Care R&D Northern Ireland
If you would like to register for the conference email: cap@qub.ac.uk (this is a free event)


Agenda for Later Life 2010

Thursday 18 March 2010
Victoria Park Plaza Hotel‚ London 

We bring you the essential conference for anyone with an interest in public policy for older people.

Chaired by broadcaster and journalist Michael Buerk‚ the conference features speakers from the three main political parties‚ as well as key commentators‚ and will provide an overview of the key issues affecting older people. Just before the upcoming General Election‚ the conference will highlight the policy challenges for the decade ahead‚ and ask how experiences of later life should change by the end of the next parliament.

The conference programme includes discussion seminars led by policy experts to enable you to explore in detail the specific issues most appropriate to your work. As well as providing the latest intelligence on a wide range of policy areas‚ the discussion seminars will also offer plenty of opportunities to debate the issues with other delegates. 

The conference will also launch the first 'Agenda for Later Life' report‚ which will reflect on the key challenges ahead‚ and set out the direction public policy must follow. Free copies of the report will be available to delegates.



Embodiment and dementia

University of Bradford, Bradford, 26 March 2010
British Sociological Association Ageing, Body and Society Study Group

Confirmed Keynote address: Dr Pia Kontos, University of Toronto, Canada

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


Understanding ageing: health wealth and wellbeing at fifty and beyond
International conference St Catherine's College Oxford, 14-16th April 2010

This international conference will bring together researchers working in the economic, social, psychological and health fields. It will focus on longitudinal data and research that enables us to increase our understanding of how circumstances and factors across the life-course impact on healthy ageing. The aim is also to pinpoint gaps in knowledge and identify priorities for future research.

Keynote speakers:

James J. Heckman
Nobel Laureate; Henry Shultz Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Economics, University of Chicago

David Barker
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, University of Southampton

Jack Guralnik
Chief, Laboratory of Epidemiology, Demography and Biometry, National Institute on Aging, United States

Call for Papers:

The 'Understanding Ageing' conference committee is now inviting submissions of abstracts for paper presentations (30 minutes), themed sessions (90 minutes), and posters (deadline 28th August 2009). These can be on any of the announced topics but also, as befits the theme of the conference, abstracts in any area of interest relevant to ageing will be welcomed.

Submissions from researchers in the early stages of their careers are encouraged.

Potential topics:

  • Life-course determinants of healthy ageing, including the effect of early-life circumstances on outcomes in later life
  • Frailty, disability and physical functioning at older ages
  • Ageing and cognition
  • Employment at older ages and transitions to retirement
  • Economic and financial circumstances over the life-course
  • Ageing, social participation and wellbeing in later life
  • Government policies and the ageing population

Further details available at:



Challenging Exclusion; Promoting Empowerment: New Research in Ageing

University of East Anglia, Norwich, 22nd – 23rd April 2010

The Annual Conference of The British Society of Gerontology's Emerging Researchers in Ageingwill take place on the 22nd and 23rd April 2010 at University of East Anglia, Norwich.  The theme of the conference will be ‘Challenging Exclusion; Promoting Empowerment:  New Research in Ageing’.

For further information on the conference and on how to register, please see the attachment or go the conference page on the website: ERA CONFERENCE 2010

If you have any questions, please contact the Chair of ERA, Christian Beech:C.L.Beech@swansea.ac.uk


Whose Challenging Behaviours? Meeting the Needs of Older People with Dementia.

This seminar will be held on 29-30 April 2010 at Four Seasons Hotel, 199 George St, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Seminar Aims:
• To highlight strategies for managing behaviours that affect access to and the delivery of services/care for older people with dementia, including what works well and what doesn’t work so well.
• To showcase patient centred approaches, models of service delivery/care/respite/support, tools and techniques, and other innovations that have been proven to be effective in managing behaviours that impact the care of older people with dementia.
• To demonstrate effective approaches to education and training for healthcare professionals to better enable them to deliver quality care for older people with dementia and challenging behaviour.

http://www.changechampions.com.au or by email to changechampions@bigpond.com


Climate for change: Ageing into the Future. IFA 10th Global Conference on Ageing

3 - 6 May 2010

Melbourne, Australia

The 10th Global Conference on Ageing will provide a reliable platform for a global information exchange and point of connection for all, working to generate positive social change for older people. The five themes that form the program framework - Climate Change; Social Inclusion; Human Rights; Resourcing Change; and Healthy Ageing - are expected to stimulate new conversations as well as explore in more depth more traditional subject areas. Each theme will be informed by international and regional frameworks including United Nations (UN) Principles for Older People, the UN Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing and the Active Ageing Framework of the World Health Organization.

Further details available at:



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

Deadline abstract:  28 February

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 detailswww.sfi.dk/transformingcare2010

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


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 Universityp.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:
26th February 2010 – Abstract Deadline
30th April 2010 – End of Early Bird Registration
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



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.


-      Abstract  Submission: A 200 word abstract should be submitted by Sunday 28th February 2010 to tine.buffel@vub.ac.be  Contributors will be notified of the outcome of refereeing by  Monday 15th March 2010. Please specify at least 2 keywords describing your submission and select one or more of the sessions listed on the website that are relevant to your paper. Submitted papers will undergo a double-blind review and accepted papers will be published by Social Sciences Research society.

-      Registration Fee Payment Deadline: April 16, 2010

-      Full Paper Submission: Full papers should be submitted by Monday 31st May 2010.

For more information see:


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