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Plenary Speakers

Professor Frank Oswald

Professor Frank Oswald, PhD is Professor for Interdisciplinary Ageing Research (IAW), Vice Dean of the faculty of Educational Sciences and Chair of the Frankfurt Forum for interdisciplinary Ageing Research (FFIA) at the Goethe University, Germany as well as Director of the “Center Aging“ for Early Career Researcher at the Goethe Graduate Academy (GRADE). He is a psychologist by training and author / co-author of several articles in the area of Gerontology and Psychology. His research interests are contexts of adult development, issues of person-environment transaction and transitions in old age, housing, ageing in place, relocation and the role of technologies in later life.

Professor Chris Todd

 Chris is Professor of Primary Care and Community Health in the School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester. From January 2019 he will be the Director of the NIHR Policy Research Unit on Older People and Frailty. Chris moved to Manchester in 2001 and has some 30 years research experience. He got his BA, MA and PhD in Psychology at Durham University and held post-doc research posts in Northern Ireland and Cambridge. From 1993-2001 he was Director of Health Services Research Group at the Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Chris has a portfolio of research funding from UK funders (NIHR, Research Councils and Charities) and the European Commission.

Professor Gill Windle

Gill is a gerontologist working across disciplinary boundaries, and as Professor of Ageing and Dementia Research she leads the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre in the School of Health Sciences at Bangor University, Wales. Gill is also Associate Director of the Wales Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR), a collaboration with Cardiff and Swansea Universities, funded by the Welsh Government. Gill's work explores and critically reflects on how to support older people to meet policy aspirations to ‘live well’ despite health problems and cognitive impairment, and provide evidence to improve care and services. She has a special interest in health, well-being and resilience in later life, and some of her current work considers what it means to be resilient when facing one of life’s biggest challenges – dementia.  Gill has a special interest in the benefits of activity, whether that is social, creative or exercise, and recently led a large arts and science collaboration ‘Dementia and Imagination’.