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The BSG2020 Online Events series is fast approaching, and we are delighted to confirm the full details for what is sure to be an exciting few days of discussion. Please see below for the full list and details of events.  These are also available on our website at: https://www.britishgerontology.org/events-and-courses/bsg-annual-conference/online-events.

Register for any or all events via the Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bsg2020-online-events-ageing-and-sustainability-in-a-time-of-transition-tickets-104520054296

These events are free to attend for members and non-members and you only need to sign up once. Joining instructions will be sent to all those registered in advance.

We will be welcoming questions for all events in advance, which can be submitted either to our conference email (bsgconference2020@britishgerontology.ac.uk) or via Twitter using the hashtag #BSG2020. Please let us know which session your question is directed to.

Wednesday 1 July 2020 

12:00-12:15: Welcome to the Conference – Gary Christopher, Conference Director and Steve West, Vice Chancellor, UWE

12:15-13:00: Flagship Symposium on Dementia-friendly communities

  • Richard Cheston (UWE) – Chair
  • Stefanie Buckner (Cambridge Institute of Public Health)
  • Sabrina Luk (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Neil Chadborn (University of Nottingham)

Dementia‐friendly communities have developed in many different countries as policy makers and practitioners seek new ways to meet the needs of people living with dementia. Amongst their aims are to enable people with dementia to remain actively involved in everyday community activities and to maintain their social networks so that they have a sense of continued belonging. In this sense communities are not necessarily restricted to a geographical locality, but may also include organisations such as a retail business, a national charity or faith community – but in each case the same principles of accessibility, awareness and inclusion should apply. This symposium will examine how the concept of dementia friendly communities has evolved in three different countries: Neil Chadborn will present findings from a realist review and evaluation of four communities in the Netherlands; Sabrina Luk will describe the development of eight dementia-friendly communities in Singapore; while Stefanie Buckner will report findings from the National Evaluation of Dementia Friendly Communities (DemCom study) in England. There will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions to the panel before and during the session.

14:00-15:15: BSG AGM and Stirling Prize Announcement

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Thursday 2 July 2020

09:00-11:00: Special Interest Group Sessions

The BSG’s Special Interest Groups bring together BSG members and non-members who share a specific interest, and support activities to further knowledge in these areas.  SIGs  will be holding sessions for their existing and any prospective SIG members. If you aren’t already a member of a SIG, you can find out more about them here. https://www.britishgerontology.org/about-bsg/special-interest-groups .

SIGs will be holding sessions from 9am to 11am on Thursday 2nd July.  See below for details and for registration information.

Special Interest Group on Ageing in Africa, Asia and Latin America: see https://www.britishgerontology.org/about-bsg/special-interest-groups/ageing-in-africa-asia-and-latin-america or contact Penny Vera-Sanso

Special Interest Group on Creative Ageing: see https://www.britishgerontology.org/about-bsg/special-interest-groups/creative-ageing or contact Emily Bradfield

Special Interest Group on Educational Gerontology: see https://www.britishgerontology.org/about-bsg/special-interest-groups/educational-gerontology or contact John Miles

Special Interest Group on Technology and Ageing: see https://www.britishgerontology.org/about-bsg/special-interest-groups/technology-and-ageing or contact Neil Chadborn

Special Interest Group on Transport and Mobility: see  https://www.britishgerontology.org/about-bsg/special-interest-groups/transport-and-mobility or contact Charles Musselwhite

Special Interest Group on Work and Retirement: the Work and Retirement SIG will not be holding an event on 2nd July but for more details or the SIG and future events see https://www.britishgerontology.org/about-bsg/special-interest-groups/work-and-retirement or contact Martin Hyde

Special Interest Group on Substance Use and Ageing: see https://www.britishgerontology.org/about-bsg/special-interest-groups/substance-use-and-ageing or  contact Beth Bareham

Special Interest Group on Care Homes Research: see https://www.britishgerontology.org/about-bsg/special-interest-groups/care-homes or contact BSG Secretariat

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12:00-13:00: COVID-19 Special Symposium

  • Gerry Foley – Chair
  • Donald Macaskill (CEO, Scottish Care)
  • Chris Phillipson (University of Manchester)
  • Adelina Comas-Herrera (LSE)
  • Helena Herklots (Commissioner for Older People, Wales)

The BSG are proud to offer this special session which will focus on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on older people living in care homes. The crisis has taken a devastating toll on care home residents and workers in the UK, as well as many other countries. Chaired by Gerry Foley, an experienced political broadcaster, the session will bring together key commentators to discuss issues relating to COVID-19 and care settings and consider what this means for gerontology in the post-COVID world. We are delighted that Donald Macaskill, Chief Executive of Scottish Care, Chris Phillipson, University of Manchester, Adelina Comas-Herrera, LSE, and Helene Herklots, Commissioner for Older People, Wales, have agreed to join the session. There will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions to the panel before and during the session.

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14:00-15:00: Flagship Symposium: Housing Futures

  • Jeremy Porteus (Housing LIN) – Chair
  • David Robinson (University of Sheffield)
  • Julia Park (Levitt Bernstein)
  • Sue Adams (Care & Repair England)

The last few months have shown how important our homes are, and how crucial the nature of that environment is to our health and wellbeing. As the population ages it is vital that people can remain living independently in their own homes and, if necessary, be able to receive healthcare at home. However, in the UK we have the oldest housing stock in Europe, replacement rates are very low and there are considerable inequalities in provision.

In this symposium three experts will discuss the future of housing. David Robinson, Professor of Housing and Urban Studies at the University of Sheffield will examine the evidence about housing options, the reasons for the current gap in housing delivery for older people and how that might be bridged. Julia Park, a Housing Architect and leading policy expert will talk about how contemporary design is expanding the options available to provide attractive, flexible spaces that help people continue to live active and engaged lives. However, most people will remain living in the existing stock in later life and we need effective policies for refurbishment, renewal and regeneration which will be discussed by Sue Adams OBE, CEO of Care & Repair England. There will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions to the panel before and during the session.

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Friday 3 July 2020

09:00-10:00: Policy Press: Precarity and Ageing Book Launch

Join Policy Press as they launch the latest book in the Ageing in a Global Context series: Precarity and Ageing edited by Amanda Grenier, Chris Phillipson and Richard A. Settersten Jr.

The session will include an introduction to the Ageing in a Global Context series (with Tom Scharf), the launch of Precarity and Ageing (with Amanda Grenier) and a Q&A session about the book (with Chris Phillipson). Please send your questions for the Q&A in advance to: millie.prekop@bristol.ac.uk.

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10:00-11:00: Ageing & Society: Meet the Editors

 The editors of Ageing & Society will be hosting a virtual Q&A session to talk about the journal publishing process and how to promote your work. This session will provide some general advice on how to get published and how to prepare an article for an academic journal such as Ageing & Society. The editors will also be giving you their tips on how to give your paper the best chance of being accepted and some common pitfalls to avoid. We will also talk about peer review including what makes a good review and the benefits of being a reviewer. Finally, we will discuss what happens leading up to and after publication and some of the ways authors can help to promote and share their work.

Following a short presentation and panel discussion the editors will be answering your questions. This is an opportunity to get their advice and insight into the publishing process and ask anything you’ve always wanted to know about the journal.

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12:00-12:45: Flagship Symposium: Co-production research with older people: from aspiration to application

  • Mat Jones (UWE) – Chair
  • Jo White (UWE)
  • Tine Buffel (University of Manchester)
  • Mo Ray (University of Lincoln)
  • Plus contributions from co-researchers

There has been growing interest in co-production research with older people over recent years. This symposium presents the work of three UK research teams involved in moving the agenda on from general principles to practical applications.

White et al. consider the depth and duration of personal investment that some older people make in co-production research. The ‘work’ of co-production raises issues connected to personal biography, standpoint towards the research topic, and the social role of the researcher. We suggest that recognising researcher identity enhances understanding of the social and affective dimensions of co-research with older people.

While evaluative work has considered the process of co-production, less attention has been given to evaluating co-production approaches in order to understand the barriers, challenges, opportunities and value in producing new knowledge and developing outcomes in research. With a focus on older people who fund their own care, Ray et al show the role of co-production in the creation of new knowledge and in the development research outcomes.

Taking a broader perspective, Buffel and James present a systematic review of the literature on empirical studies that have involved older adults as coresearchers to understand how and why older people were involved, and the key challenges of doing so.

This session brings together leading themes on how the participation of older persons as research partners can be practically realized in community-based research. There will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions to the panel before and during the session.

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12:45-13:00: Conference Close – Gary Christopher, Conference Director for BSG2020 and Carol Holland, Conference Director for BSG2021, Lancaster

 

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In Conversation with our Keynote Speakers

In addition to the above series of live online events, you will also be able to view pre-recorded interviews with our keynote speakers, available to view on the BSG website. (https://www.britishgerontology.org/events-and-courses/bsg-annual-conference/plenary-speakers) over the course of the three days:

  • Professor Emerita Meredith Minkler
  • Professor Glenn Lyons
  • Professor Praminda Caleb-Solly

 

Emerging Researchers in Ageing Pre-Conference Event

We will be running a series of free online events over the days the pre-conference would have normally taken place (30 June, 13:00-15:00 and 1 July, 09:00-11:00). This will involve live presentations, a workshop, and a special session on COVID-19.

For more information and registration details for this session, please see our website.

https://www.britishgerontology.org/events-and-courses/bsg-annual-conference/emerging-researchers-in-ageing-era

Scientific Programme

Finally, we have released the scientific programme that was designed for the cancelled annual conference online, in order to showcase and share the fantastic submissions that we received this year but are unfortunately unable to take place this year. We hope you can use this to learn about and connect to other delegates. You can find out more information on our website. https://www.britishgerontology.org/events-and-courses/bsg-annual-conference/conference-programme

 

We look forward to connecting with you during the online event series. Please contact the Conference Secretariat with any questions on bsgconference2020@britishgerontology.org