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Conference Programme

Welcome to the British Society of Gerontology 49th Annual Conference 2020 at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), to be held from 1-3 July 2020 with the theme Ageing and Sustainability in a Time of Transition.


It is a pleasure to announce that our renowned keynote speakers for the 2019 conference are Professor Emerita Meredith Minkler from the University of California, Professor Glenn Lyons from the University of the West of England Bristol, Professor Ian Craddock from Bristol University and Professor Praminda Caleb-Solly from the University of the West of England Bristol. They will address the conference in three thought-provoking plenaries on this theme. 


In addition to these plenaries, there will be flagship symposia held on the opening day focusing on key topics in gerontological research. Delegates will have the opportunity to attend presentations on a wide range of topics throughout the parallel sessions. These sessions will be organised in streams reflecting the conference sub-themes, which are:

  • 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?

This year we are holding the BSG's Special Interest Group meetings on the first day of the conference. These sessions are a great way of hearing more about work going on within your field of interest and to network with other researchers. The Special Interest Groups will also hold symposia during the parallel sessions that form the rest of the conference. 


There will be a poster session where delegates will have the opportunity to present and discuss their research based on their poster format. Research posters will be on display throughout the conference and the Stirling Prize will be awarded for the best student poster presentation. This session offers plenty of opportunity for stimulating engaging conversations, especially amongst early-career researchers. Each year, we hold an annual pre-conference event for Emerging Researchers in Ageing, our ERA network, which is aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral or early career researchers, and established researchers or practitioners who might be transitioning to ageing research. This will begin on Tuesday 30 June and end on Wednesday 1st July in the morning in good time for you to join the main conference.


We are also delighted to be hosting a  Welcome Reception on Wednesday 1 July and the Conference Dinner held on Thursday 2 July at the Exhibition and Conference Centre. More details on our social programme will be announced soon. The conference will end on Friday 3 July, and we do hope we can encourage you to stay in town to visit our historic city and region for the weekend at least. 


This page will be updated with more detailed information about the conference programme as it becomes available. We encourage delegates to follow our updates on Twitter at the details below.



Programme Overview

The conference is scheduled to start at 13.30 on Wednesday 1st July and close at 15.00 on Friday 3rd July 2020. Please note that this timetable will be updated over the next few months.