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50th Anniversary Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology

Lancaster University is delighted to be hosting the 50th Anniversary Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology 7-9th July 2021. On behalf of the Society, we warmly welcome you all to Lancaster – the perfect place to hold the 50th Anniversary conference – as we celebrate the past, present and future of the society in a city with a rich history going all the way back to the Romans, with a vibrant present and an entrepreneurial eye to the future.

Lancaster’s distinctive skyline features the Castle, dating back almost 1000 years, and still owned by Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke of Lancaster. As well as being a fortification, its courtrooms have witnessed many famous trials over the centuries, including those of the Lancashire Witches in 1612. The City centre features open green spaces, canal-side walks and the River Lune footpath. Williamson Park and the impressive Ashton Memorial you see from the M6, look over the city across to Morecambe Bay and the hills of the Lake District. As with the BSG, our story reflects on, and values, where we have come from, but more importantly where and how Lancaster will grow and develop in the future.

Lancaster is part of the Northern Powerhouse and boasts a portfolio of assets stretching out across the Forest of Bowland. It is a major destination on the West Coast railway mainline between Glasgow, London and Manchester and in the strategically important M6 corridor. It is just 90 minutes from a major airport at Manchester, and has two excellent universities with complementary portfolios of research and academic learning and training: Lancaster and Cumbria.

Our Conference theme is Ageing Past, Present and Future: Innovation and Change. Research into ageing is an important theme for the University of Lancaster with the University-wide interdisciplinary Centre for Ageing Research (C4AR) representing over 70 faculty staff and almost 40 PhD students in a range of disciplines. Our focus on research that has real impact on the lives of older people is typified by the location of C4AR within the new Health Innovation Campus, an exciting new co-location of researchers together with a range of business and third-sector partners, alongside Lancaster Medical School and the Division of Health Research. Working together with a range of partners, including the C4AR associated Continuing Learning Group, the 50th Anniversary conference will give us time to reflect on what has changed in gerontological research, on the impacts and achievements and the difference we have made, to learn from each other in the present, but also to reflect on how we may make new and innovative strides going forward.

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 Lancaster in 2021.

With best wishes from the Conference Chair and organising committee,

Professor Carol Holland

Director, Centre for Ageing Research

Lancaster University