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Abstract Submission

The Abstract submissions portal for the 53rd Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology hosted by Newcastle University from 3rd to 5th July 2024 is NOW LIVE .

Abstract Submission Deadline: 26th January extended to 9th February 2024

Please use the following link to submit an abstract through Oxford Abstracts

Important: please read the information below before submitting an abstract

The conference in 2024 is being organised as an ‘in person’ event at Newcastle University. You would only be able to present your paper remotely if are based in a country on the DAC List of countries entitled to development assistance. In this case, you would be able present your accepted paper online without charge; however, please note you would only be able to attend the smaller number of sessions that will be held simultaneously in person and online.

The conference welcomes paper, symposium, and poster submissions from academics, researchers, practitioners, educators, policy-makers, the third sector, students, and those interested in researching ageing and later life.

Please note, the process for submitting an abstract to the Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA) Pre-Conference Event will be handled separately. If you would like to be contacted about submitting an ERA Pre-Conference Event abstract when the call for papers comes out, please register your interest here. Please note that there will be a small additional charge if you wish to attend the Emerging Researchers in Ageing Pre-Conference Event alongside the main conference.

The conference theme is ‘New Directions in Ageing and the Life Course’ and papers that address this theme are encouraged. However, we do not want to be overly prescriptive. A non-exclusive list of areas typically covered at BSG conferences include the following:

  • Ageing in a global context
  • Work and retirement
  • Business, ageing and consumption
  • Social care
  • Health and ageing
  • Theories, methods & critical perspectives
  • Environments for ageing
  • Social participation, citizenship & the welfare state
  • Connections & relationships
  • Unequal ageing and the life-course
  • Technology and ageing
  • Arts and Culture

However, you will not be asked to submit your paper against a stream, as we know it is not always straightforward choosing one topic area. Instead, the organisers will prioritise streaming papers in sessions with papers on similar topics wherever possible.

Accepted presenters will be asked to register by the early bird deadline of 28th April 2024 in order to secure their place in the programme.

For any queries about the 2024 Annual Conference, please contact

Oral and poster presentations

  • Abstract title word limit: 30 words
  • Abstract word limit: 250 words
  • Maximum number of references: 5 (optional, included in word limit)
  • Headings: Unstructured abstract with no tables, diagrams or pictures

Prospective authors are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words with sufficient detail to allow the committee to judge the merit of the submission. In the submission form you will be asked to indicate your preferred type of presentation (oral, poster or oral-as-part-of-a-symposium) and you will need the following information as a minimum: title, abstract, authors and affiliations. Please note, only select oral-as-part-of-a-symposium if you have been invited by a symposium convenor to present as part of a specific symposium.

The title and abstract you submit will be used in the final programme so please ensure you have proofread and corrected any errors. You do not have to include references, but if you do these must be included in the 250 word limit. 

You can submit no more than two abstracts as the lead author. However, there is no limit on the number of abstracts in which someone can appear as a co-author. The Scientific Committee will aim to reduce conflict in scheduling multiple presentations where someone is named as a co-author, however we cannot guarantee this. A submission of an abstract with multiple authors will be an indication that all authors approve the submission and content of the abstract.

If your abstract is part of a symposium and the symposium convener has already submitted the symposium, you will be invited to connect your completed abstract to the symposium. Please ensure you use the same email address for your submission as in the symposium submission. If the symposium has not already been submitted you can attach your abstract to it later through the Oxford Abstracts dashboard. If you have any questions or need support with this please contact us by emailing

How will poster sessions be organised?

The poster sessions are an important part of the BSG conference. You will interact with attendees and discuss the research through small Teams meetings, each with maximum five poster presenters. If you are a student poster presenter, you may become our next winner of the Stirling Prize (£100). For more details on the Stirling Prize click here Stirling Prize Guidelines

If you are a student entering a poster, you may wish to be considered for the BSG's Stirling Prize. Further information on this is available here Please enter the information in the questions labelled 'Stirling Student Prize'. If you are not student or you are not entering a poster you can leave these questions blank. 

Please note that abstracts not selected for oral presentation will automatically be considered for poster presentation, unless the author informs us otherwise by emailing


  • Symposium title word limit: 30 words
  • Symposium overview word limit: 250 words
  • Maximum number of references: 5 (optional, included in word limit)
  • Headings: Unstructured abstract with no tables, diagrams or picture

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. Please give enough detail for the reviewers to understand what your symposium is about. This usually comprises 4 oral presentations dedicated to a particular theme, topic or research project. We advise that you discuss and agree the details of the symposium with those involved before you submit.

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

To submit your symposium you will need the following information:

  • 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 ensure you use the same email address that the presenter will then use to submit their abstract. 

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.

Please note you will also be asked if there are any dates that the symposium cannot be presented. While individual submitters will also be asked this in the abstract submission process, we recommend consulting those involved beforehand regarding restrictions on availability.

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' folder if they do not receive an email invitation. If you need further support please contact us on

All presenters must submit their abstracts and link them to the symposium before the deadline for submissions - 9th February 2024.