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BSG Annual Conference, Hosted online by UWE, Bristol from 6-8 July 2022
Friday marks three weeks since the close of "Better Futures for Older People - Towards Resilient and Inclusive Communities" BSG 2022 Online Conference hosted by UWE Bristol.

Due to the residual uncertainty regarding COVID-19 transmission the conference committee made the decision to host this year's conference online. This decision enabled 415 delegates to join us from 23 countries across the world. In keeping with previous years, the BSG 2022 programme featured four though-provoking plenaries delivered by the internationally regarded Professor Sandra Torres (Professor of Sociology & Chair of Social Gerontology, Uppsala University, Sweden),  Professor Azrini Wahidin (Professor of Sociology and Criminology and Programme Director for UG Criminology and Sociology programme at the University of Warwick), Professor Merryn Gott (Associate Head – Research, The University of Auckland), Professor Richard Cheston (Professor of Dementia Research, UWE, Bristol) and Dr Sahdia Parveen (Senior Research Fellow, The Centre for Applied Dementia Studies, University of Bradford). Alongside these plenaries were, 25 symposia, 170 oral paper presentations and 36 poster presentations, spanning 10 key themes: Shaping society through transformative leadership, Taking control through active living, Preventing the avoidable, Supporting extended life, Tackling inequality, Caring society?, Building communities for everyone, Embracing the arts, At times of crisis and Embracing global ageing. On the first day we were also delighted to welcome 6 of our BSG special interest groups; Transport and Mobility, Creative Ageing, Technology and Ageing, Educational Gerontology, Ageing, Business and Society and Care Homes SIGs.  In addition to the traditional academic sessions, we were pleased to see the return of the hotly anticipated social events including gerontopets, an exhibition from Halo Theatre and Dance Re-Ignite and a screening of the ESRC funded film Reimagining the Future in Older Age. All programmed sessions were very well attended with the average attendance to plenaries being around 60 delegates and average attendance being around 20 delegates for all other academic sessions. 


BSG 2022 would not have been what it was without the commitment from the conference committee at UWE Bristol- thank you for facilitating another brilliant BSG conference. 


Now the dust has settled I am sure you are all beginning to look forward to BSG 2023. At the closing of BSG 2022 we were thrilled to announce BSG 2023 will hybridised occurring both online and in person at the University of East Anglia, Norwich from July 5-7.  The theme of this conference will be ‘Inclusive participation throughout ageing: creating a society for all’. Please make sure you check the conference section of the BSG website for more information soon.

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