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The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is delighted to be hosting the 49th Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology 1-3 July 2020. On behalf of the Society, we warmly welcome you all to Bristol – a diverse and international city, and the home of two world-leading universities. Bristol was voted best place to live in Britain in 2017 by The Sunday Times. It’s a city that prides itself on being friendly, welcoming, safe, creative and diverse.

With an international airport, two major railway stations and a coach station, it’s well connected for international travel. It’s also a major centre of commerce enabling UWE Bristol to develop connections with over 7,000 national and international employers and professional bodies. Located just 90 minutes from London, it’s a popular base for multinationals like Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Intel. This means employment possibilities are right on the doorstep for our students. And there’s so much to do. Music, technology, culture, clubs, international cuisine and free museums. It’s hard to think of a better city in the UK to study, live and work in.

Our Conference theme is Ageing and Sustainability in a Time of Transition. Research into ageing is a priority for the University of the West of England, as the University focusses on research that has real impact on society. UWE Bristol staff contribute to and help industry and governments to make positive changes in the field of ageing, and this approach will be key to the 2020 conference. The conference will harness the skills of researchers, scholars, practitioners and older people to address the question: how can we support ageing societies in a way that is sustainable and robust to last for future generations?

The British Society of Gerontology is a leading forum for the advancement of gerontological research and knowledge across the United Kingdom, and our annual conferences attract attendees from around the world. Whether new to research on ageing, a first-time attendee, a PhD student, or a long-established member, whether interested in older people, ageing populations, or intergenerational issues, at the conference you will discover a stimulating, diverse, and engaging network of academics, students, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners. Our common goal is to advance gerontological research, education, theory, and practice in order to ensure improved quality of life for all.

We look forward to welcoming you to Bristol in 2020.

With best wishes from the Conference Chair,


Dr Gary Christopher