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We look forward hugely to welcoming you to the British Society of Gerontology 47th Annual Conference 2018 at the University of Manchester, to be held from 4 – 6 July 2018. The theme of the 2018 conference is ‘Ageing in an Unequal World: Shaping Environments for the 21st Century’. It is a pleasure to announce that our keynote speakers, Armando BarrientosSuzanne IwarrsonPeter Lloyd SherlockFrancie Lund and James Nazroo, will address the conference in three thought-provoking plenaries and panels on this theme.  In addition to these plenaries, three flagship symposia will be held on the opening day and delegates have the opportunity to attend symposia, papers and posters on a wide range of topics. The annual British Society of Gerontology conference is an excellent opportunity to showcase and learn from research across a range of gerontological domains,  foster collaboration across a wide range of academic disciplines, exchange intellectual ideas, communicate across professional practices, and promote participatory methods involving older people and their wider communities.  The full conference programme is now online so do take a look at what is on offer!

We are also delighted to be hosting a Welcome Reception on Wednesday 4 July, and our Conference Dinner on Thursday evening will be held at the magnificent Principal Hotel. The conference will end at 16:00 on Friday 6 July, and we do hope we can encourage you to stay in town to visit our historic city and region for the weekend at least.  Manchester is a fascinating city and is surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural landscape in the world with the Peak and Lake Districts a stone’s throw away.  We’ve put together our top things to do in the City and the Region and we do hope we can encourage you to stay a while and enjoy the things the North-West has to offer.

While the main conference begins on Wednesday 4 July at 14:00, we also hold an annual pre-conference for Emerging Researchers in Ageing, our ERA network, which is aimed at students, early career researchers, and established researchers or practitioners who might be transitioning to ageing research. This will begin on Tuesday 3 July and end on Wednesday morning in good time for you to join the main conference on Wednesday.

In parallel with this we will be running special events, and together with the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub, we are we are encouraging and supporting a range of activities as part of a Conference Fringe running throughout the conference week. These include the MICRA Annual Lecture, which this year will be delivered on Monday 2nd July 17.30 – 19:00 by Professor Christina Victor, recipient of the British Society of Gerontology’s Outstanding Achievement Award 2017, the Society’s highest honour. There is the EU Falls Festival 2018, New Solutions to Old Problems: ensuring sustainability of falls prevention interventions, from Monday 2 to Tuesday 3 July 2018, also the International Festival of Public Health, and, throughout Manchester, the Festival of Ageing.  We are also proud to co-sponsor the photography exhibition No More Wrinkly Hands  by photographer Mark Epstein which will take place in the vicinity of the conference and with a showing in the renowned (and stunning) Whitworth Gallery.  For more details, see our dedicated Fringe pages.

Drawing a motif from the famous Manchester Worker Bee emblem, our social programme,  #BeeTogether at BSG2018, offers a dedicated #BeeTogether area where you can meet people and get involved with some fun activities alongside and throughout the conference timetable. Join us for an architectural walk around Manchester on Wednesday morning before the conference starts, and we will also have a pop up cinema with short films showing  as well as other scheduled and unscheduled activities.   You can follow the conference on twitter @BSGManchester18  using hashtags #BSG18 #BSG2018 #BeeTogether – and closer to the conference on Instagram too. A special prize for the best Instagram image of a #ManchesterBee with all the conference hashtags taken anywhere in the City while the conference is on!

And finally, a special thank you too to our sponsors and exhibitors whose support is always so essential to a successful conference.  We look forward to welcoming delegates from near and far for a memorable conference in Manchester!

Professor Debora Price

President, British Society of Gerontology

P.S. Share BSG 2018 with others! Download the BSG 2018 PowerPoint (Widescreen 16:9) slide to include in your presentation(s).