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Conference Programme

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

It is a pleasure to announce that our renowned keynote speakers for the 2019 conference are Frank Oswald, Gill Windle and Chris Todd. They will address the conference in three thought-provoking plenaries on this theme. In addition to these plenaries, there will be flagship symposia held on the opening day focusing on interdisciplinarity in gerontological research and delegates have the opportunity to attend presentations on a wide range of topics throughout the conference.

The conference will be organised in streams reflecting the conference sub-themes, as well as an open stream. The conference sub-themes are: Ageing Now; Social Inequalities; Transitions in Older Age; History, Culture and Diversity; Multidisciplinarity; and Relationships. In line with our conference theme we will be engaging with local community organisations to showcase their contributions to the ageing agenda.

To deliver on the community focus of this year’s theme, the conference will be holding new and innovative Community Sessions where members of local community groups will be invited to talk or do workshops with delegates. This will serve to showcase some of the wonderful work that is being done in Liverpool and surrounding areas to contribute to resilience and living well in local communities. This will take place on Thursday 11th July and we invite delegates to engage with the community groups who are participating in this session.

This year we are also introducing an extended poster session where people will have the opportunity to present and discuss their research based on their poster format. We hope to encourage poster submissions as a way of stimulating engaging conversations, especially amongst early-career researchers. Research posters will be on display throughout the conference and the Stirling Prize will be awarded for the best student poster presentation.

We are also delighted to be hosting a Welcome Reception on Wednesday 10 July and our Conference Dinner will be held on Thursday 11 July at the Mountford Hall in the Guild of Students, entertained by the very popular local tribute band, The Back Beat Beatles. The conference will end at 16:15 on Friday 12 July, and we do hope we can encourage you to stay in town to visit our historic city and region for the weekend at least. More details on our social programme will be announced soon.

While the main conference begins on Wednesday 10 July, we also hold an annual pre-conference for Emerging Researchers in Ageing, our ERA network, which is aimed at students, early career researchers, and established researchers or practitioners who might be transitioning to ageing research. This will begin on Tuesday 9 July and end on Wednesday morning in good time for you to join the main conference on Wednesday.

Below is an overview of the main conference programme. The scientific programme can now be accessed through the Oxford Abstracts app (which can also be accessed on mobile devices) at the following link:

Here you will find the live programme with all abstracts for symposia and poster sessions. These abstracts and details of poster presentations can also be found in the right-hand pane on this page. Symposia and papers are numbered in the order they appear in the programme. 

Please note that the printed conference programme this year will not contain detailed abstracts in the interests of limiting printed matter, so we encourage you to use the Oxford Abstracts app as much as possible.

We look forward to welcoming you in Liverpool!

Programme Overview

 All tea/coffee and lunch will be served in the Courtyard, Guild of Students. The conference is scheduled to close at 16:15 on Friday 12th July.