Planning Together: Policies and Participation in Ageing Societies

Planning Together: Policies and Participation in Ageing Societies

International Research Conference

Queen's University Belfast

16–17 September 2009

Organised by Changing Ageing Partnership, Queen’s University Belfast ( and Social Policy and Ageing Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin (

Welcome to the First Cap/SPARC International Conference on Ageing Research and Policy.

Societies across the world are ageing, and most have embarked on the process of adapting their policies to this demographic shift. In addition to the need to develop better health, employment, care and education policies that respond to the needs of ageing populations, there is also an increasing awareness of the need to involve older people themselves in this policy development. In research, too, approaches and methods are being developed that consult older people in the search for accurate and useful information on older populations. Advocacy efforts by elders for elders are the way of the future and a critical element for policy planning.

The aim of this the first Cap/SPARC International Research conference Planning Together: Policies and Participation in Ageing Societies reflects Cap’s strapline Older louder and Stronger and vision of a strong, informed voice capable of challenging attitudes and approaches to ageing. The conference will bring experts from a wide range of areas together with older people, practitioners, policy makers and researchers so that we can capitalise on collective knowledge and experience to identify priorities for action to ensure the best quality of life possible for older people.

This conference will be of use to older people, policy makers, organisations and individuals working in the ageing sector by providing:

  • Opportunities to interact with cutting edge international research on ageing and ageing policy
  • An opportunity to consider implications for Ireland (North and South)
  • An opportunity to hear from older people themselves about the challenges they face

The conference has been structured in such as way as to maximise opportunities for networking and exchange between participants. In addition to the plenary sessions, cutting edge international research in the area of ageing and policy will be showcased during oral parallel sessions and in a poster exhibiton which will run for the two days of the conference.

We are grateful to the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) for sponsoring a pre-dinner networking event on the evening of Wednesday 16th September and to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) for their support with the conference..

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Belfast in September!

Queen’s University Belfast

Trinity College Dublin

Dr Una Lynch
Research Manager
Changing Ageing Partnership (Cap)
Institute of Governance
School of Law
Queen’s University Belfast

Dr Virpi Timonen
Social Policy and Ageing Research Centre (SPARC)
Social Policy and Ageing Research Centre
3, College Green
Trinity College Dublin


Conference Registration

To register for the conference, please follow this link.  (A new window will appear.)

The conference fees are detailed below.



Full Delegate Fee


Student / Retired Delegate Fee


Conference Dinner


Please Note: If you require an invoice, or have any other queries regarding Registration, please contact the Cap Administrator Sandra Maxwell at (0)28 90972548 or email

All conference sessions will take place in the Peter Froggatt Centre in the quad at Queen's University. The Peter Froggatt Centre is shown as number 2 on the map below:

Map of the main University Campus (PDF File)