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BSG Conference 2020

Cancellation of the BSG 49th Annual Conference, 1-3 July 2020, University of the West of England, Bristol

Following official UK government and WHO guidance relating to impact of the coronavirus, it is with great sadness that the British Society of Gerontology must announce that our 49th Annual Conference at the University of the West of England, Bristol (1-3 July 2020) has been cancelled. We are also cancelling the Emerging Researchers in Ageing Pre-Conference event (30 June – 1 July 2020).

For delegates who have already registered, we are offering a 100% refund of the registration fee or a transferral of the registration to next year’s conference, taking place in Lancaster (7-9 July 2021). Since we will be honouring supplier contracts to which we have already committed, we anticipate a shortfall in the Society’s budget in 2020. If you are in a position where you do not need to reclaim your registration fee and would like to donate it to the Society, that would be very welcome and would support us in continuing our activities for the coming year. Our conference secretariat will be in touch with anyone who has already registered to identify how you would like to proceed – please do bear with us while we organise this.

We appreciate that this decision will be disappointing for delegates who were hoping to present their research and use the conference to meet with friends and colleagues. We recognise that there will be lost opportunities to colleagues as a result of this. We are actively exploring how we might be able to provide alternative options during the period when the pre-conference and main conference were scheduled to take place (i.e. 30 June to 3 July) in order to still confer some of these benefits to you. Please keep these dates in your diaries for the time being. We also intend to make the conference abstracts available online over the coming weeks, in order to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and networking. We will update you on our plans in due course.

The BSG’s Annual General Meeting was also scheduled to take place during the conference. We will be putting alternative arrangements in place for the AGM and will be in touch with members about this shortly.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to everyone who has been involved in planning this event up until now for all their hard work. We are especially grateful to the local organising team at the University of the West of England who have responded so well to the ongoing uncertainty. Our hope is that we will be able to host our 2020 Annual Conference at UWE and will be exploring this option with the local team.

Above all, we hope that you and your loved ones stay safe and well during the challenging times that lie ahead.Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this difficult time. We look forward to seeing you at our 50th Anniversary Conference in Lancaster next year (7-9 July 2021).

Tom Scharf, President

Gary Christopher, Conference Director

BSG Executive and Conference Committee