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Welcome to BSG Scotland

We have an organising group which meets regularly to plan events and activities. We usually hold two networking seminars each year at locations across Scotland with recent topics including marginalisation, alcohol and drugs and self-management of long term conditions. Please see BSG events for details of forthcoming events.

You will find details of other BSG Scotland members' research in the BSG Directory where you can search for members in Scotland. If you are a BSG member in Scotland or nearby, you are very welcome to join us at our seminars.

BSG Scotland background

BSG Scotland is a local group within the British Society of Gerontology. BSG Scotland was initiated by Professor Mary Gilhooly, former President of BSG, together with the Scottish Research Forum on Ageing, Lesley Hart, Tilda Gaskell and others. Professor Debbie Tolson, Glasgow Caledonian University, was the first Chair of BSG Scotland. BSG Scotland was launched on 25 June 2002 at a conference held at Glasgow Caledonian University. Our current organising group is led by Emmanuelle Tulle with Jo Alexjuk as Treasurer.

Members of the Organising Group

(as of June 2024)

  • Dr E Joanna Alexjuk, University of Edinburgh (Co-ordinator)
  • Prof Louise McCabe, University of Stirling (Treasurer)
  • Dr Lisa Davidson, University of Stirling (Social Media and Marketing)
  • Dr Junije Huang, University of  Stirling (Second accounts signatory)
  • Dr Sarah Swift, Scottish Government (Researcher)
  • Ms Kayla Ostrishko, University of Edinburgh (Administration)


BSG Scotland Past Events

6th March 2013, Risk, rights and resilience in later life, University of Edinburgh
Speakers: Charlotte Clarke, Fiona Kelly, Karen Lorimer, Ken Laidlaw, Julie Christie

6th November 2013, Alcohol and drugs in later life, University of Stirling
Speakers: Rowdy Yates, Louise McCabe, Veronica Smith, Val Tallon

24th March 2014, Self-management of long term conditions in later life, Glasgow Caledonian University
Speakers: Sally Wyke, Bill Culbard, Lisa Kidd, Christine Bucknall, Henry Rankin, Scottish Dementia Working Group

5th November 2014, Marginalisation in later life, University of the West of Scotland
Speakers: Alison Bowes, Maria Zubair, Colin Clark, Katherine McMahon, Margaret Brown

22nd March 2016, Living with dementia: evidence from research and implications for policy, University of Edinburgh, Speakers: Julian Hughes, Rosalie Ashworth, David Berry, Anne McDonald, Scottish Dementia Working Group, Barbara Sharp.

14th June 2017, Are we ready to integrate health and social care? Glasgow Caledonian University Speakers: Irene Oldfather, Kirstein Rummery, Marissa Collins, Anna Waugh, Rachel Mulholland, John Carruthers, Helen Rainey, Elaine Gifford