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Joining Information

We look forward to welcoming you to Liverpool for the British Society of Gerontology 48th Annual Conference from 10th – 12th July 2019.

Please refer to the joining information below for more details about the Conference.

The Programme

The conference timetable and scientific programme can be accessed live through the Oxford Abstracts platform (which is suitable for mobile devices). The programme book is also available to download in advance of the conference. You will be given a printed programme on arrival at the conference.

Please note that, in response to delegate feedback from last year, our printed programme this year will not contain full abstract details.

We invite you to use the online programme to view full abstracts. This contains information on the plenary sessions, including keynotes and flagship symposia, as well as all parallel session presentations. All symposia and papers are numbered in chronological order and these numbers are used in the titles of sessions in the online programme for ease of navigation. You can also search by title, author, or programme code in the Oxford Abstracts app. If you need assistance with using the online programme, there are instructions available on this page, or please do talk to the conference support team.

There are also PDFs of abstracts available through the conference website should you wish to print them or work offline in the bottom right-hand pane of the Conference Programme webpage. 

Symposia, paper and poster presenters should refer to the guidelines available in the bottom right-hand pane of the Conference Programme webpage. 

Flagship Symposia

We are pleased to announce that our flagship symposia will be chaired by Rachel Williams (Frailty – Lecture Theatre A), Christina Victor (Mid-Old Age – Lecture Theatre B) and Tom Scharf (Multidisciplinary – Lecture Theatre C). The full abstracts for these sessions are available through the online programme, or as a PDF here.

Arriving at the Venue

Liverpool Guild of Students,

160 Mount Pleasant


L3 5TR

Telephone: +44 (0) 151 794 5927

More details about the venue and arriving there can be found on the Conference Venue and Transport page.

Please advise the Conference Secretariat should you require any accessibility arrangements that have not already been communicated to us.


Accommodation for residential delegates is at Crown Place, which is located onsite at the University of Liverpool, a short walk from the Guild of Students building. These rooms are ensuite and for sole occupancy.

The residential registration includes accommodation for Wednesday 10th July and Thursday 11th July. Accommodation for the evening of Tuesday 9th will be available for those who have pre-booked it through the registration process.

You can check-in to the accommodation from 10am on Wednesday 10th July (or from 3pm on Tuesday 9th). The Crown Place reception desk will have details for all delegates registered so you can go directly there to check-in. There will be luggage storage available at the Conference site from the morning of Wednesday 9th July if needed.

Breakfast will be provided for residential delegates at the conference centre in the Guild of Students. Please make sure you wear you badge on display in order to access the breakfast service.

Check out is by 9.30am on the day of departure.  

Registration Opening & Closing Times

The Registration Desk will be located in the foyer of the Guild of Students building (near Starbucks) and will be open at the following times:

10:00 - 17:00 Wednesday 10 July 2019

08:30 - 18:00 Thursday, 11 July 2019

08:30 - 13:00 Friday, 12 July 2019

When registering, you will be able to collect your name badge for the Conference, which is necessary to gain access to all sessions. To speed up the registration process, please bring your confirmation of booking with you (sent via email).

You will receive a printed programme book, conference bag and a ticket for the Conference Dinner (included in the cost of the full registration fee and for any delegates who have purchased them in advance – tickets will not be available to purchase during the Conference).


Breaktime refreshments (sponsored by Cambridge University Press) and lunches will be served in the Courtyard area in the Guild of Students.Please note that lunch will not be served before the start of the conference on Wednesday, but tea and coffee will be available.

Delegates with full registrations (and day delegates who have purchased tickets through the registration process) are also invited to the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening and the Conference Dinner on Thursday evening, which will take place in the Mountford Hall at the Guild of Students. Any dietary requirements that were informed at registration will be catered for. For special diets, individual named plates will be made available in the service area. Please see conference staff for more information.

Water coolers will be available during the Conference, please bring your own re-fillable water bottle.


Welcome Reception – Wednesday 10 July at 19.00 – 21:00 The Mountford Hall, Guild of Students.

Conference Dinner – Thursday 11 July at 19:00 – midnight The Mountford Hall, Guild of Students.

Please note you will be given a ticket for the Conference Dinner at registration which you should bring with you to the event.

We are also offering optional lunchtime tours, which must be pre-booked. Please see the conference website for further information.

We also have sponsored events taking place as follows:

Policy Press Launch: Ageing in a Global Context Book Series - Thursday 11th July, 10:30 – 11:00, Mountford Hall, Guild of Students

Valuing Our Intellectual Capital & Experience (VOICE) Network Event - Friday 12th July, 10:30 – 11:00, Mountford Hall, Guild of Students

How to get your paper published: A forum with the editors of Ageing & Society - Friday 12th July, 12:00 – 13:00, The Library, Guild of Students. Please note a packed lunch will be supplied for delegates who attend this event. Delegates with special dietary requirements should collect their food from the lunch area.

Critical perspectives on civic participation in later life: symposium sponsored by Valuing Our Intellectual Capital & Experience (VOICE) - Friday 12th July, 13:00 – 14:30, Forsyth Lecture Theatre, Maths Building.

Special Interest Groups meetings

The annual conference of the British Society of Gerontology provides a space for existing and new SIGs to meet as a group.  We are always keen to expand the membership of our SIGs, so please do feel free to come along to these meetings in order to find out more. The meetings are being held from 12:45 – 13:45, Wednesday 10th July 2019 in various breakout rooms as per the SIG webpage

Community sessions

We have an excellent line-up planned for the new Community Sessions, including great mixture of local community programmes, workshops, art installations, and much more! The Community Sessions will take place on Thursday 11th July, between 2.30pm – 4pm, across various breakout rooms at the University of Liverpool. Look out for the Community Sessions timetable that will be in your registration packs and available at the Community Sessions stand in the exhibition space.

ERA Pre-Conference Event

The ERA Pre-Conference Event will take place in the G-Flex room in the Central Teaching Hub.

Central Teaching Hub

University of Liverpool


L69 7BX

Please refer to the Campus Map for directions.The ERA Pre-Conference Event starts at 13:30 on Tuesday 9th July, with lunch provided from 13:00. Delegates should arrive directly to the ERA session where they will be able to register for the conference. For more details about the ERA programme please see the webpage.

Special requirements

If you have not already done so at the time of registration, please email the Conference Secretariat.We will do our best to accommodate all requests.

We look forward to welcoming all attendees personally to the Conference. In the meantime, if there is any further information you require, please do not hesitate to contact us.

With kind regards,

Conference Secretariat

Telephone: 07969 911 475