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Abstract Submission

The British Society of Gerontology 49th Annual Conference 2020 will be held at the University of the West of England, Bristol from 1 -3 July 2020.

The theme of the 2020 conference is 'Ageing and Sustainability in a Time of Transition'. The conference will welcome symposium, paper and poster submissions from academics, researchers, practitioners, educators, policy-makers, the third sector, students, and those interested in researching ageing and later life.

Abstract submission for presentations and symposia is now open through the Oxford Abstracts system at the links below. If you used this platform to submit an abstract last year, you will be able to log in using your email address, otherwise you will need to register with the site. 

Please follow the instructions below regarding submitting oral, poster or oral-as-part-of-a-symposium abstracts or symposium abstracts. We will be accepting submissions for the following sub-themes:

  • Sustaining transitions into ageing
  • Integrating services for later life
  • Encouraging healthy ageing and wellbeing
  • Responding to dementia
  • Rise of age-friendly cities
  • Harnessing the arts and creativity
  • Engagement across generations
  • Mobilizing an ageing population
  • Innovation for the future
  • At what price?

Please note you will receive notification regarding the success of your abstract on 27 March 2020. At this stage we will confirm the time and date of the session you have been allocated to, as well as issuing guidance for presentations and symposia. It is expected that all accepted presenters register for the conference by the early-bird deadline (28 April 2020) to secure their place in the programme. 

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Symposium abstracts

  • Symposium title word limit: 30 words
  • Symposium overview word limit: 250 words
  • Abstract title word limit: 30 words (for each individual presentation in the symposium)
  • Abstract word limit: 250 words (for each individual presentation in the symposium)
  • Maximum number of references (if required): 5, included in word count
  • Headings: Unstructured abstract

Prospective convenors are invited to submit a proposal, of no more than 250 words detailing the symposium title and symposium abstract to be held during the conference. This usually comprises 3-4 oral presentations, agreed between the convenor and the presenters, and dedicated to a particular theme, topic or research project. 

To submit your symposium you will need the following information to hand:

  • Symposium title
  • Symposium abstract (overview of the symposium)
  • Information about the Chair of the symposium (and Discussant if relevant)
  • Email addresses of those you wish to invite to present at your symposium

Please note that the Scientific Committee is happy to consider alternative formats for symposia. Please detail your intentions in the description of your symposium.

The convenor will be responsible for chairing/acting as a discussant at the symposium or nominating a chair (and discussant where applicable) for the symposium. The convenor will also be responsible for communicating with the symposium participants in regard to the outcomes of review. 

Convenors should suggest up to three conference sub-themes which are appropriate to host the symposium/special session, although submissions falling outside the conference sub-themes are also welcome and will be considered.

Once the symposium has been submitted, the presenters invited will receive an email with instructions on how to submit their abstract and link it to your symposium. Please advise presenters to check their 'Junk' or Clutter folders if they do not receive an email invitation. All presenters must submit their abstracts and link them to the symposium before the deadline for submissions.

If you have any scheduling constraints, for example, sessions that you will not be available, do include this in the submission form or contact the team on the email below. We will seek to accommodate all scheduling requirements received before submission, but please be aware that our ability to change session times will be limited after abstract notifications go out. 

You can submit a symposium via the ‘Submit Your Symposium' button on this page.

Key Deadlines & Dates

Tuesday 1 October 2019
Abstract Submission Now Open
Thursday 23 January 2020
Abstract Submission Deadline
Friday 27 March 2020
Abstract Notifications
Tuesday 28 April 2020
Early Bird Registration Deadline
Tuesday 30 June to Wednesday 1 July 2020
The ERA Pre-Conference Event
Wednesday 1 July (PM) to Friday 3 July 2020
 British Society of Gerontology 49th Annual Conference