The University of Liverpool is delighted to be hosting the 48th Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology in 2019. On behalf of the Society, we warmly welcome you to Liverpool – a diverse and international city, and the home of the first Red Brick University. Liverpool is an old and culturally diverse city. It is the home fantastic theatres, museums, Tate Liverpool, the Philharmonic Concert Hall and two iconic cathedrals. It has a historic river front and easy access to a great coastline, including Anthony Gormley’s coastal sculptures: ‘Another Place’. Liverpool has experienced both the highs and lows of economic prosperity and experiences great social inequalities. The Metro Mayor, Steve Rotherham and the Liverpool City Region “want to drive prosperity, encourage innovation and expand opportunities for people and communities in every part of our City Region.”

Our Conference theme aligns to that aspiration: Resilience and Living Well in Local Communities . It builds on the BSG 2018 conference theme: ageing in an unequal world, focusing in on local communities. Research into ageing is a priority for the University of Liverpool and it has a multi-disciplinary approach to ageing from social gerontology, psychology, engineering, health research through to basic science. We will bring this multidisciplinary approach to the 2019 conference. The conference will harness the skills of researchers, scholars, practitioners and older people to address the question: how can we all promote resilience for local people and our local communities?

The British Society of Gerontology is a leading forum for the advancement of gerontological research and knowledge across the United Kingdom, and our annual conferences attract attendees from around the world. Whether new to research on ageing, a first-time attendee, a PhD student or a long-established member, whether interested in older people, ageing populations or intergenerational issues, at the conference you will discover a stimulating, diverse and engaging network of academics, students, researchers, policy makers and practitioners. Our common goal is to advance gerontological research, education, theory and practice in order to ensure improved quality of life for all.

We look forward to welcoming you to Liverpool in 2019.

With best wishes from the Conference Chair

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