Call for Abstracts

We had a fantastic response to our call for abstracts, we received well over 300. The first sift has already taken place, the outcome will be announced by 9 March.

The submission deadline is over.

The conference welcomes submissions from researchers, practitioners, educators, policy-makers, the third sector, students, and all other stakeholders interested in ageing. 

To promote interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives of ageing, the conference will draw on abstracts from across the disciplines of social and behavioural sciences:

  • arts and humanities
  • social science
  • health promotion and public health
  • medicine
  • social care
  • social policy
  • nursing
  • and other related fields.

Submissions considering key issues in methodology, or presenting ideas, critical reflections, or case studies from industry or practice are also welcome.

Themes and sub-themes

The general theme of the conference is Ageing in changing times - challenges and future prospects. The conference sub-themes are:

  • health and wellbeing
  • age-friendly communities
  • methodological approaches to researching later life
  • society and economy
  • arts, culture and ageing
  • technologies for ageing.

Oral or poster presentations

  • Abstract title word limit: 30 words
  • Abstract word limit: 250 words
  • Maximum number of references: 5
  • Headings: Unstructured abstract

Authors are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words with sufficient detail to allow the committee to judge the merit of the submission. Please indicate your preferred type of presentation (oral or poster). Abstracts not selected for oral presentation may be considered for poster presentation, unless the author informs us otherwise.

In an order of preference, authors should select up to three conference sub-themes that most appropriately reflect their submission. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to allocate an abstract to a different sub-theme, which may be more appropriate.

Authors can submit no more than two abstracts where they are named as the primary author. However, there is no limit on the number of abstracts one can appear on as a co-author. The organising committee will aim to reduce conflict in scheduling multiple presentations where someone is named as a co-author, however we cannot guarantee this. A submission of an abstract with multiple authors will be an indication that all authors approve the submission and content of the abstract.

Symposia/ special sessions

  • Abstract title word limit: 30 words
  • Abstract word limit: 400 words
  • Maximum number of references: 5
  • Headings: Unstructured abstract

Prospective convenors of a symposium are invited to submit a proposal of no more than 400 words detailing the overview and objective for a symposium or special session to be held during the conference. This usually comprises 3-4 oral presentations, agreed between the convenor and the presenters, and dedicated to a particular theme, topic or research project.

Convenors should suggest up to three conference sub-themes which are appropriate to host the symposium/special session, although submissions falling outside the conference sub-themes are also welcome and will be considered.

In addition to the proposal submitted by the convenor, abstracts of all oral papers (i.e. 3-4 abstracts) using the guidelines for oral paper presentations should be submitted by the individual authors, indicating the symposium they relate to. The convenor will be responsible for chairing/acting as a discussant at the symposium, or nominating a chair (and discussant) for the symposium.

Instructions for submission

  • Please email your abstract (maximum 250 words) or proposal for a symposium (approx 400 words) as a Word or PDF attachment to

Your abstract or proposal should be preceded by information under the following headings:

  • Names (Full name, affiliation and email contact information for all authors)
  • Title (max 30 words)
  • Conference sub-themes (up to three most appropriate sub-themes in an order of preference)
  • Preferred format of presentation (Oral or poster)
  • The subject line in your e-mail should read Abstract Submission or Symposium Submission.

The submission deadline is 23 January 2015.

For any enquiries about abstract submission please contact us