Masterclass on Usability and Digital Inclusion
22 September 2011
British Society of Gerontology 39th Annual Conference: Identities, Care and Everyday Life
BIAS and Brunel University hosted the 39th annual British Society of Gerontology conference at Brunel University in July 2010. Approximately 330 inter/national delegates registered to attend and several BIAS members played key roles in organising the event. There was a strong inter/national and diverse academic programme that not only reflecting the multidisciplinar nature of BSG - with contributions on theory, policy, practice, methodology and cutting edge empirical research - but as always involved established experts presenting alongside emergent researchers. The conference was also the host for many key launches and celebrations. This included the 30th anniversary celebration of the journal Ageing & Society; the promotion of links with local communities and the London Borough of Hillingdon; and the work and development of the Emerging Researchers in Ageing groups throughout the world (with representatives from Australia, UK and USA) sharing perspectives within their own symposium. The conference also hosted the launch for the new charity Age UK and the AcSS/ESRC/BSG/AgeUK impact brochure Making the Case for the Social Sciences: Ageing. The event was highly successful and without doubt highlighted Brunel University and BIAS as key centres of excellence for ageing studies and research.
Writing Successful Research Proposals in Ageing Studies
The New Dynamics of Ageing Programme, Lifelong Health and Wellbeing and BIAS sponsored a grant writing workshop for early career researchers prior to the BSG conference. The event provided attendees with the opportunity to share ideas and gain knowledge and experience in writing successful research proposals in ageing studies. Among the speakers of the day were Mary Gilhooly and Teresa Waller; other speakers included Alan Walker, Janet Lord, Alastair Macdonald, Sheila Peace and Chris Phillipson. The presentations focused on topics including knowing the funder, writing simply and coherently, looking for mentors to support the process and suggestions on how to complete the financial elements. An afternoon workshop encouraged participants to put on their "reviewer's hats". Participants actively engaged in reviewing actual project proposals to improve their understanding of what makes a good application and to gain an awareness of how they are reviewed by others.
The Changing Face of Health and Ageing:
Implications for Gerontological Social Work Research, Education and Practice
The BIAS Gerontological Social Work Research Programme was delighted to host a seminar for national and international gerontological social work academics/practitioners as part of the academic programme for the British Society of Gerontology 39th Annual Conference. Professor Barbara Berkman, National Director and Principal Investigator for the John A. Hartford Foundation's Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Programme and the 2009 recipient of the Gerontological Society of America's Donald P. Kent Award for professional leadership in gerontology, addressed the issues facing social work as the older population continues to grow. Prof Berkman outlined the complex physiological, psychological, social, functional and environmental challenges that older people and their families will face, and the implications for social practitioners. She also reviewed the strategic initiatives in the United States that have over the last 10 years, contributed to important changes in social work education and social work research to increase the profession's capacity to meet the needs of an ageing population.
Brunel Community Research Fair
16 March 2010
BIAS was successful in a bid for funding from Research Councils UK to run a national science week event. A Brunel Community Research Fair was held in the market square inside the Pavilions shopping centre in Uxbridge, Middlesex. Researchers from a wide range of disciplines at Brunel University presented their research on ageing in an imaginative and interactive way. There was a programme of talks, drama and musical events running throughout the day. Sue Cook of Nationwide, Crimewatch opened the event and noted scientist Professor Heinz Wolff spoke briefly about the science of ageing.
"Twisting Time: Perceptions of Time by Older Adults in Hospice Care"
BIAS was very fortunate to host Dr Holly Nelson-Becker, Associate Professor and Hartford University Scholar in Geriatric Social Work from the University of Kansas, USA. As part of Dr Mary Pat Sullivan's Gerontological Social Work Programme, Dr Nelson-Becker presented on time at life's end, including perceptions of pyschological, social and spiritual time using Hawkings theory and Carstenstens' Socio-emotional Selectivity Theory.
Making the Most of the Potential of Assistive Technology
BIAS in conjunction with KT-Equal hosted a free conference to present some of the latest research aimed at developing technology that can help older and disabled people maintain independence and improve quality of life. Workshop attendees included local older people, charities, occupational therapists, academics and representatives of local Government. The day featured talks and discussions led by researchers in the field of ageing. The highlights of the day were presentations by Keren Down MBE, who is the director of the Foundation for Assistive Technology (FAST) and Professor Heinz Woldd, a highly respected scientist and public figure and founding direct of the Brunel Institute for Bioengineering.
BIAS and the Centre for Professional Practice Research (CPPR) hosted a symposium on research and practice in the area of driver assessment and rehabilitation. Associate Professor Carolyn Unsworth from La Trobe University in Australia was the guest speaker. She presented on occupational driver assessment and rehabilitation at OT-DRIVE, Australia. Her talk focused on referral systems and assessments used, research to develop an off-road driver assessment battery, training occupational therapists as driving assessors and the benefits and limitations of driving simulators. Approximately 60 individuals from across the UK and Ireland attended the event.
BIAS 1st Annual Conference
22 June 2009
Grant Application Seminar: Maximizing your Chance of Success
BIAS and the Research Support and Development Office (RSDO) hosted an interactive grant writing seminar to address some of the key areas that need to be considered as part of a research proposal. Professor Mary Gilhooly (Executive Director, BIAS) and Alicen Nickson (Deputy Director, RSDO) led the session, delivering presentations about grant proposals in general as well as those specific to ageing research. There was also an interactive session in which attendees were given the opportunity to peer review actual grant proposals themselves. This provided the opportunity for attendees to gain insight into how to draft a proposal and how applications are reviewed by others. Discussion was fruitful and the event proved to be very successful.