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Abstract Submission

The Abstract submissions portal for the 52nd Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology hosted by the University of East Anglia from 5- 7 July 2023 is NOW LIVE .

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 27th 2023!

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

This year the conference will take a hybrid format with specific content being shared online (through Oxford Abstracts) and the main conference occurring in person at the University of East Anglia. Please note, all abstracts that are accept for oral presentation are expected to attend the conference in person. In the event that are circumstances that do not permit in person attendance special dispensation must be sought from the committee prior to abstract submission. 

The theme of the conference is Inclusive Participation Throughout Ageing: Creating a Society for all.

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

Conference streams
  • Hearing older peoples' voices: This stream explores innovative methods, including deploying arts, to actively involve older people in co-production
  • Cultural ageing: This stream examines and critiques assumptions and perceptions of ageing, including changing identities through ageing
  •  Ageing in the community: This stream examines how support is provided in the community, informal support networks and support offered by older people such as volunteering
  • Ageing at a time of global crisis: This stream examines the diversity of global crisis and situations which impact ageing across the world including economic concerns, climate change, war and migration, and impacts of disease
  • Technology and social interventions for independence, support and care: This stream examines ways in which new forms of service delivery and technology affect the experience of ageing
  • Ageing in urban and rural spaces: This stream explores the impact of built environments on ageing such as social geography, housing, transport and age friendly initiatives
  • Empowering and supporting people moving to end-of-life: This stream examines the diversity of health and social care practices that enable older people to live and die in ways they chose, as frailty increases
  • Other: If you feel that your abstract does not fit any of these streams please select Other as we welcome and will consider innovative creative practices and non-research focused abstracts. 

Accepted presenters will be asked to register by the early bird deadline of 28th April 2023 in order to secure their place in the programme.

For any queries about the 2023 Annual Conference, please contact


  • 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)
  • Choice of sub-themes
  • 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.

Convenors should suggest up to three conference sub-themes that reflect the submission. The sub-themes are listed on the Conference landing page. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to allocate the symposium to a different sub-theme, if more appropriate.

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 - 20th January.

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 (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, and choice of sub-themes. 

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.

You will be asked to select at least one and up to three conference sub-themes that most appropriately reflect your submission. The sub-themes are listed on the Conference Programme page. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to allocate an abstract to a different sub-theme, if more appropriate.

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