The 45th annual conference of the British Society of Gerontology took place in Stirling from 6th – 8th July 2016. We were joined by over 300 delegates, presenters and exhibitors from around the world; colleagues joined us from places such as Nigeria, India and New Zealand alongside many delegates from across the UK.
The conference opened with a plenary address from our own Prof David Bell who reflected on the impact of Brexit for gerontology and for older people, leading to some heated debate. Delegates spoke on all aspects of ageing and gerontology; ideas about dementia friendly communities in China, the poor quality of hospital care for older people in the UK and the results of a global photographic competition ‘Images of Ageing’ all contributed to the conference’s rich and diverse programme.
Plenaries were delivered by Prof Heidi Hamilton of Georgetown University, USA, who reflected on the importance of linguistics in exploring the experiences of people with dementia and Prof Catharine Ward Thompson from the University of Edinburgh who introduced a fascinating multi-disciplinary study about place and space.
We all enjoyed a varied cultural programme including poetry from the former Stirling Makar, Anita Govan, an address from the Chancellor, Dr James Naughtie and music from the wonderful Barluath. Despite a bit of rain (and some disorientation in the Cottrell corridors) the conference was deemed a great success.