Emerging Researcher in Ageing (ERA) – Pre-conference workshop
5 July (09.00-12.00)
The Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA) section of the BSG was established to provide a supportive environment for those new to the field of gerontology irrespective of age or background. Details of the ERA event will be posted shortly.
ERA pre-BSG conference event programme coming soon
BSG Conference Poster Session
The Programme incorporates a dedicated poster session on Wednesday 5th July at 15.30 - 16.30. During the conference, the Stirling Prize will be awarded for the best poster presented by a student. Posters will be on display for the duration of the conference.
Download the Poster Guidelines here!
These are short videos that allow members to talk for a couple of minutes about their research, their practice or indeed a topic they feel would be interesting within the field of gerontology for wider, public audiences. During the conference we have a dedicated room and tech staff to support you in the creation of these videos and we will have them edited and uploaded shortly after the completion of theconference. They look great to have links to for research projects, institutional websites and personal blogs etc.
Take this opportunity to register a time slot with Claire in the BSG office who can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org. Examples of previous films can be found on the BSG Ageing Bites YouTubestream but the conference team have picked their favourite…..watch it here!
Stroll Along The Prom
For those exercise conscious amongst you, in addition to the top notch gym facilities you will have access to as a residential delegate, we are also putting on the option of an early morning run with Dr Musselwhite. At 7am on Thursday 6th July, a group of runners will stride out along the dunes and see what the new campus has to offer. With plenty of trails around the Bay Campus, why not join Charlie and his fitness fanatics to prepare for the night of indulgence ahead at the conference dinner.
On the opening day of the conference (Weds 5th July) at 15.30 we have a dedicated session for our poster presenters. The posters will be openly displayed throughout the whole of the conference,however, at this time, all of the presenters will be at their posters ready to discuss their research with the rest of the attendees. This is a great opportunity to get up close with the researchers and find outa little more about their work. Prime networking opportunities!! All this, and there will be nibbles and drinks served alongside!
Symposia With A Difference
We have 3 symposia which are a little out of the ordinary which involve different visual mediums. Films, artwork and real clothing feature in these sessions which you may want to read up on and lend our support to:
Thursday 6th July 3pm: Visual methods in generating and representing counter-stories of later life. Vera-Sanso, P., Martin, W., Escribano, J., Warren, L.,
Friday 7th July 9am: "They're not scary!": An inter-generational dance project. Blakeborough, D. & Canning, S.
Friday 7th July 11am: 'Older Women Rock!': poetry, listening partnerships and older women. Thorn, L.
Conference Dinner Entertainment
Following on from what stands to be an EPIC conference dinner including flavours of Wales to wet your palate, we have an array of entertainment lined up for delegates to enjoy. Our dinner speaker, Beti George, is set to give us all some food for thought to match that consumed earlier in the eventing. Following that the Swansea U3A Ukulele Big Band combine musical prowess with colourful humour to bring the conference theme of “The Art Of Ageing” to the heart of the nights festivities. As if that wasn’t enough, we have an interactive school disco to round off the evening, playing all of your ‘Old Skool’ favourites and giving you the chance to ‘spin the decks’ til the early hours.
Life is a Beach…
The first night of the conference allows delegates to relax and network with a drink or two on our own private beach and terrace. This will be followed by a BBQ dinner and entertainment in the form of Circus Eruption. This community based circus company will be demonstrating their skills are giving brave delegates the chance to try their hand with some of their equipment. Much frivolity and fun will be had alongside music and merriment into the night before the conference kicks off for the full day of events on Thursday 6th July.
An Audience With…
Community engagement is what makes Gerontology such an insightful and important discipline. We have scheduled a lunchtime event from 1pm on Thursday 6th July where local community groups will be talking about what they do and giving delegates the opportunity to ask questions and interact, allowing a free discussion about current and future research directions as well as the way community groups can be engaged. This is a unique event and opportunity we strongly urge you to make time in your schedule for!! As it is a lunchtime event, you can take food and drink to the room too.
Ageing of British Gerontology
Led by Prof. Mim Bernard, a team of renowned Gerontologists will present a history of the BSG from an archiving project which has taken a lot of love, dedication and just that little something extra. This is why we have given it some dedicated time for you to explore! This event will be held from 4pm on Wednesday 5th July and the display will remain in situ for the duration of the conference so you can absorb all of the work done by the team. Further, they have put together a symposium which directly follows the launch of the project to give delegates the change to explore in-depth the project with the team responsible.