Sibila Marques attended the FUTURAGE road map launch conference in the European Parliament in Brussels (18th October; FUTURAGE road map launch conference).

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Professor Dominic Abrams will be presenting and discussing findings from the European Social Survey (ESS) at the ESRC event, ‘British social attitudes in European comparative context’. Having lead the team that designed the ESS module on attitudes to age, his focus will be on implications of the evidence for the UK.


For more details see: British social attitudes in European comparative context

EURAGE members, Dominic Abrams, Melanie Vauclair, Hannah Swift, Sibila Marques, Kevin McKee and Ruth Lamont presented at the poster sessions during this year’s EASP conference (European Association of Social Psychology). Topics included ageism in Europe, stereotypes of older people across Europe, the impact of ageing stereotypes on older people’s performance and on will-to live and the incidence of falls in old age. This was a great opportunity for the members of EURAGE to meet and discuss the future of research into ageism.

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Sibila Marques published an essay titled “Age Discrimination” for Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos. The book aims to alert the general public in Portugal to ageism and discusses the pervasiveness of age discrimination in areas such as health and social care, the media and in communities.


For more information see: Age Discrimination

Hannah Swift contributed to two symposium sessions and presented an individual paper at the 40th  British Society of Gerontology conference held at Plymouth University this year. Hannah organised a symposium titled “Our Big Old Society: Experiences and consequences of  Ageism”. The session aimed to enhance people’s understanding of the causes and consequences of ageism and relate these to the Government’s Big Society Agenda. In this symposium Eurage’s work for Age UK on the experiences of Ageism in the UK and across Europe was presented. Ruth Lamont, also from Eurage at the University of Kent presented experimental research demonstrating how stereotypes about older people can affect their physical performance.  We are grateful to Elaine Alden, Age UK research fellow at the University of Kent and Hazel Wardrop, Equality and Human Rights Commission ESRC-CASE PhD student who presented in this session.  We would also like to thank Su Ray, research advisor at Age UK for chairing the session.

In a second symposium titled “Old Attitudes: Varied Perspectives on Old Workers”  Hannah was invited to present findings from the Predictors of Attitudes towards Age report.  

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