The British Society of Gerontology 45th Annual Conference
Wednesday 6th to Friday 8th July 2016

Special events and exhibitions


You will find many special events and exhibitions taking place throughout the conference which you are welcome to attend. 

More details on special events will follow in early 2017.

There are also much to see and do is Stirling from local attractions to the best places to eat and drink. Find out more here

Social and cultural events

Tuesday, 20th June 6.30pm-8.30pm, Airthrey Castle

Drinks reception, buffet and music

Drinks reception sponsored by the Lord Provost of Stirling with welcome address from Brian Sloane of AgeScotland and awarding of the Stirling Prize for the best student poster by Ballie Neil Bennie from the Lord Provost’s office.  Music will be provided by the Erskine Quartet from the Live Music Now - Scotland

More information on the musicians can be found at:

Thu 7th July, 7.30 pm, Stirling Court Hotel

Conference dinner

During the evening, delegates will be able to sign up for tours of the University’s art collection that is held within the Pathfoot building. After dinner, we are delighted to welcome Dr James Naughtie, Anita Govan and the band, Barluath.

Dr James Naughtie, Chancellor of the University of Stirling

Dr James Naughtie, one of Britain’s best-known broadcasters, became Chancellor of the University of Stirling in October 2008. Born and educated in Aberdeenshire, he began his journalism career in 1975 on the Press and Journal and wrote for the Scotsman and Guardian before moving into broadcasting. Currently, he presents Today on BBC Radio 4 and is host of the network’s monthly Bookclub. For Today, he has travelled to more than two dozen countries and has written and presented two acclaimed series on American politics.

Anita Govan, performance poet

A Scottish performance poet, Anita was appointed the Stirling Makar in 2012 and is described by the Scotsman as: 'Warm and strong, beautiful words and evocative imagery.'  Anita runs workshops, residencies, school visits, public readings and various stage performances and collaborations. She has run workshops in schools, youth projects and festivals. She sees poetry as an exciting and powerful tool for people of all ages and backgrounds to find their voice and discover themselves as poets.

With easy, loping rhythms, Anita’s poetry verbally paints pictures in the mind, engaging all the senses. One of the pioneers of the now-flourishing spoken word scene. And co-founder and teacher with Confab’s Scottish Youth Poetry Slam*, She has been described as a 'driving force' for performance poetry in Scotland and was Stirling Makar from 2012-2015 … ‘bright, glittering, vocabulary.' The Guardian.


 A five-piece Scottish traditional group including vocals, fiddle, pipes, whistles, bouzouki and keyboard, Barluath are a diverse and innovative Scottish folk band that embrace both the traditional and contemporary music of Scotland, Ireland and America.


The Erskine Quartet and Barluath both contribute to the work of Live Music Now Scotland, an organisation that works with a very diverse range of people that rarely, if ever, have the opportunity to experience live music - some of whom are very disadvantaged, including older people living in care homes.  You can find out more about Live Music Now Scotland at:

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