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Abstract Submission

The British Society of Gerontology 48th Annual Conference 2019 will be held at the University of Liverpool from 10 -12 July 2019. The theme of the 2019 conference is 'Resilience and Living Well in Local Communities'.

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

Abstract submission for presentations and symposia is now open through this link. You will be given the option to submit a symposium and a presentation abstract, just a presentation abstract or just a symposium. Presentation abstracts can be attached to a symposium after they have been submitted. 

More details on this process are given in the sections below. For any queries about the 2019 Annual Conference, please contact

Key Deadlines

Thursday 24 January 2019
Abstract Submission Deadline
Thursday 28 March 2019
Abstract Notification Closes
Wednesday 1 May 2019
Early Bird Registration Deadline
Conference Bursaries
BSG Members may apply subject to eligibility, for a conference bursary, please refer to the Members Area of the BSG Website for more information.

Oral, poster presentations or oral-as-part-of-a-symposium

  • Abstract title word limit: 30 words
  • Abstract word limit: 250 words
  • Maximum number of references: 5
  • 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. Please indicate your preferred type of presentation (oral, poster or oral-as-part-of-a-symposium). Abstracts not selected for oral presentation will automatically be considered for poster presentation, unless the author informs us otherwise by emailing

You should select up to three conference sub-themes that most appropriately reflect your submission. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to allocate an abstract to a different sub-theme, if more appropriate.

You can submit no more than two abstracts as the primary 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.

You can submit an abstract (oral, poster or oral-as-part-of-a-symposium) via the ‘Submit Your Abstract or Symposium' button on this page.


  • Symposium title word limit: 30 words
  • Symposium overview word limit: 250 words
  • Abstract title word limit: 30 words (for each individual presentation in the symposium)
  • Abstract word limit: 250 words (for each individual presentation in the symposium)
  • Maximum number of references: 5
  • Headings: Unstructured abstract

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. This usually comprises 3-4 oral presentations, agreed between the convenor and the presenters, and dedicated to a particular theme, topic or research project. To submit your symposium you will need the following information to hand:

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

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.

Convenors should suggest up to three conference sub-themes which are appropriate to host the symposium/special session, although submissions falling outside the conference sub-themes are also welcome and will be considered. 

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. All presenters must submit their abstracts and link them to the symposium before the deadline for submissions (24th January 2019).