You must pre-register to attend. In person places are now all taken, however it is still possible to register as an online delegate.

On Monday 13th Nov the first session starts at 11am (arrival from 10.00am) for those with a research interest, and after lunch for all - with additional sessions around commissioning, gamification and dementia. The exhibition is live at 2.30pm, and the afternoon culminates in a conference wide networking session to connect people, organisations and projects.

Please make sure you are logged in and remember to go here to let us know which days and sessions you plan to attend as this will help us manage delegate and catering numbers over the two days. Some sessions have limited capacity so we’d recommending booking these (by selecting these in the agenda in registration) as soon as possible if you are interested.
10:00 - 11:00

Morning Registration

11:00 - 12:30

RESEARCH FORUM: State of Ageing Research

Professor Judith Phillips OBE, UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge
Professor Alan Walker CBE, University of Sheffield
Professor Carol Holland, Lancaster University
Cristina Rosemberg,Technopolis
Professor Janet Lord CBE, University of Birmingham

World renown voices in the field of ageing research share the journey that has led to the research landscape seen today. Talks will cover key milestones in ageing and gerontological research, an analysis of REF data and its insights into quantity and quality, the role of ageing research within REF2021 impact case studies, a journey through the advancements achieved in biomedical ageing research, and the research components of the Healthy Ageing Challenge and its pivotal role within the broader research landscape.


Room: 175 Suite

Professor Carol HollandProfessor Janet Lord CBEProfessor Judith Phillips OBECristina RosembergProfessor Alan Walker CBE
12:30 - 13:30

Lunch (and registration for the afternoon’s sessions)

A light lunch and registration for those joining for Monday afternoon’s sessions.

Please let us know if you will be joining for lunch by selecting this as a bookable session.

Room: Duchy Suite



13:00 - 13:30

Workshop: Using music improvisation to help people with dementia

Giles Wilmore, Music in Mind Remote
Andrea Vogler, Music in Mind Remote

During lunch, take part in an improvised session, led by musicians and music therapists, to discover the benefits that music-making can bring. Music in Mind, from the Manchester Camerata orchestra, is a pioneering music-therapy-based programme for people living with dementia and their carers. Its group-based 'in the moment' musical improvisation encourages people living with dementia to express themselves and communicate with others through music.

No of places: 20. Bookable when confirming your sessions. No experience necessary

In-person only

Room: Graham Thorpe

Andrea VoglerGiles Wilmore

Session Options

13:30 - 14:30

RESEARCH FORUM: Future of Ageing Research - Panel discussion

Chair: Professor Alison Park
Professor Chris Phillipson, University of Manchester
Professor Judith Phillips OBE, UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge
Dr Emily Henderson, University of Bristol
Professor Carol Holland, Lancaster University
Professor Alan Walker CBE, University of Sheffield
Professor Janet Lord CBE , University of Birmingham

Building upon the insights gained from the previous session, thought leaders in ageing research take part in a 'question time' style debate to explore the future trajectory of ageing research. This session will explore opportunities across social science, biomedical and gerontological research and how together they can inform holistic solutions to support ageing populations internationally. This is a unique opportunity for academics, policy makers and practitioners to gain an insight into a roadmap for the future of ageing research. 


Room: 175 Suite

Dr Emily HendersonProfessor Carol HollandProfessor Janet Lord CBEProfessor Alison ParkProfessor Judith Phillips OBEProfessor Christopher PhillipsonProfessor Alan Walker CBE

Achieving Good Commissioning Outcomes

Chair: Paul Goulden, International Longevity Centre (ILC)
Jon Glasby, IMPACT
Gabriela Matouskova, Hope For The Community CIC
Tom Brown, Lewisham Council
Paul Spencer, NHS

Businesses, including social enterprises, see huge opportunities to transform the way health and social care is provided, but the journey from 'great product or service' to one that's 'commissioned and is reaching many' is fraught with difficulties. This discussion will explore the conundrum faced by commissioners in committing resources, and what innovators can do to work collaboratively with commissioners to evidence impacts and demonstrate the value of innovative offerings.


Room: Long Room

Paul Spencer Tom BrownJon GlasbyPaul GouldenGabriela Matouskova, MBA

It's a Healthy Ageing Gamification Takeover!

Chair: Ben Wilkins, Good Boost
Jon Hymus, Innerva
Bruce Elliott, Memory Lane Game
Julia Glenn, UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge

Join this lively debate on the future of gamification and discover how projects have incorporated gamification into their innovations to achieve evidence based and sustainable healthy outcomes for users. This event will be recorded as the Series 2 Finale of 'Health Points,' a bi-monthly podcast devoted to all things Health Gamification hosted by Ben Wilkins and Pete Baikins. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to try out the games for yourself!

In-person only

Room: Prince of Wales

Bruce ElliottJulia GlennJon HymusBen Wilkins

CST and Slowing the Progression of Dementia

Kate Smith , Memory Matters CIC
Shania James, Memory Matters CIC

This interactive workshop will enable participants to experience some key elements of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST), a psychosocial therapy cited in the NICE Guidelines for those with mild to moderate dementia. Delegates will find out how fun activities delivered as part of CST therapy can stimulate cognitive function and how those activities have been built into an app that enables anyone to run a CST session from anywhere. 

No of places: 20. Bookable when confirming your sessions.

In-person only

Room: Mark Butcher

Shania JamesKate Smith
14:30 - 15:00

Break - Healthy Ageing 2023 exhibition area is live!

14:30 - 14:50

Digital Coffee Tables

Meet and connect with other conference delegates to discuss key themes around healthy ageing. The link for the coffee tables will be available on the morning of the conference.

Online only

14:40 - 15:00

Workshop: Using music improvisation to help people with dementia

Another opportunity to join a short improvised session led by the team at Music in Mind to discover the benefits that music-making can bring.

No of places: 20. Bookable when confirming your sessions. No experience necessary.

In-person only

Room: Graham Thorpe

15:00 - 17:15

The Big Conversation: The Future of Ageing

Facilitated by: Jane McDermott

This conference wide facilitated workshop offers an exciting opportunity for participants from research, business, social enterprises, public sector and beyond to come together to talk about how ageing could be shaped for the future. Bring your own perspective on the future of healthy ageing, share thoughts on the opportunities for a better future and how to overcome the obstacles with others living, working and researching in this space. 

In-person only

Room: 175 Suite

Jane McDermott
17:15 - 19:00

Drinks, Networking and Nibbles

In-person only

Room: Duchy Suite

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