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The British Society of Gerontology was established in 1971. It provides a multidisciplinary forum for researchers and other individuals interested in the situations of older people, and in how knowledge about ageing and later life can be enhanced and improved.

Until 1979, the Society was known as the British Society of Social and Behavioural Gerontology.

BSG is a registered charitable company (Charity number: 264385) and is the professional organisation representing gerontologists in Britain.

The Society was elected as a member of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) in 1987, and is affiliated to many other organisations in the UK and abroad.