Invitation & idea behind the conference

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International Conference:

Research on Ageing
– transdisciplinary reflection on methods and approaches


31 August – 4 September

 Krakow, Poland

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Over the last few decades the methods used to study age and ageing have fundamentally
transformed and diversified. Whereas traditionally the approaches to gerontological
research have adopted methods that were characteristic of a single discipline
such as sociology, psychology or various health sciences, the ways we study
age(ing) now are influenced by an ever-increasing number of new perspectives.  Research on age and ageing draws more and more
from transdisciplinary approaches such as cultural gerontology, life course
methodology, and community inclusion in participatory research. As a result, we
are able to ask new, and sometimes more meaningful research questions, develop
new theories on age(ing) and continue to innovate in the methodologies we use.
The plethora of research on age(ing) invites us all to reflect on the multitude
of influences from different research traditions and requires a discussion that
focusses on methodologies in age(ing) research.

The Conference Research on Ageing – transdisciplinary reflection on
methods and approaches
covers various aspects of research on ageing from
the perspectives of different disciplines as they pertain to the (psycho-)social
and cultural aspects of age(ing) as well as physiological aspects.  As the conference aims for exchange between
researchers from different disciplines and research traditions, it is organized
so as to focus on discussion and network building. It invites scholars to
participate in interdisciplinary dialogue intended to reveal future directions
for collaboration. Seasoned researchers from different disciplines, such as sociology,
psychology, anthropology, demography, economics, social and care sciences, law,
health sciences, theology, pedagogy, political sciences, culture and religion
studies and other professions are encouraged to attend as are early career researchers.

Unlike other meetings related to age(ing), we will focus on the
advantages, challenges and solutions for developing methods and methodologies that
are best suited to the study of age(ing). For instance:  How is it possible to assess the complexity
of age(ing) in research? Which methods are the most suitable for the study of
different aspects of age(ing)? The aim of the conference is to reflect on the
conditions that stimulate the coherence and possible complementarity of
different approaches. The aim of the conference is not to agree on
discrepancies, but rather to show the diversity of research approaches and
present international reflection on methods of studying age(ing), as reflected
in examples of specific research.

The conference is organized by an international team of scholars with
different research backgrounds, representing various scientific disciplines and
cultural contexts. It is one of the results of the Global Aging Research
Partnership project, funded by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange
(NAWA), which has gathered researchers from Austria, Canada, France, Hong Kong
and Poland.  

Programme Keynote speakers:

Linda Garcia, PhD., Professor and Director of the Life Research Institute (LRI) at the
University of Ottawa

Dr. LOU Wei Qun, Vivian, Director, Sau Po Centre on Ageing, Associate Professor, Department of
Social Work and Social Administration,
the University of Hong Kong (HKU):

Join us for plenary,
oral and poster sessions, engaging panels and research discussion tables. Think
about submitting an abstract that will be reviewed by our team for inclusion
and join us for a few days of truly stimulating exchanges.

and registration

We welcome abstracts in Word or PDF (max 350 words)
for oral papers/posters that include information about author (title,
institution, short bio) and reflect on methods and methodologies in
ageing research
using various theoretical and empirical approaches. For




use of well-known methods;

of innovative methods;

in using specific methods;

material objects/materiality in old age;





in aging research;

systems research in aging;

data for gerontological research;

Data and Data Mining.

reflections on the use of specific methods;

We welcome
presentations primarily focused on methodology, with research outcomes being of
the secondary importance.

As this is
a multi-disciplinary conference, abstracts need to use language that is
accessible to delegates from a wide range of disciplines. Please submit your abstracts
to and fill the registration form:

Closing date for submissions: March 10, 2020.

Other important dates:

Notice of acceptance: April 30, 2020.

Registration closes 1 June 2020.


Venue and conference hotel

The conference will be held at Krakow, Poland,
at the Pontifical University of John Paul II. The conference is organized within
the project “Global Ageing Research Partnership” (GARP), which is a joint
project of the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow in cooperation
with the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (Austria), the Jean
Monnet University PRESAGE Institute (France), the University of Ottawa LIFE
Research Institute (Canada) and the Sau Po Center on Ageing, the University of Hong
Kong (Hong Kong).

The conference
registration fee (and full board while at the conference, participation in
accompanying events, banquet, networking evenings, conference materials and a copy
of the book that will be launched at the conference on methods of research in
age(ing)) depends on the options participant will choose during the
registration process.

conference is partly covered by the project funds.

bird fee for researchers and professionals, when you register and pay before
May 1, 2020

fee when you register and pay after May 1, 2020.

Please note that if you cancel your registration by the 1st of August 2020
you will receive a refund of the conference registration fee, minus a 50 €
administrative charge. Refunds are not available after the 1st of August 2020. For
further information, please contact us at

We look forward to
seeing you at the conference!


Maria Łuszczyńska, PhD  – Conference Scientific Committee Head

Anna Mazurczyk, M.A., conference secretary