Multi-disciplinary Conference – Call for Participation

Intergenerational Perspectives


Conference rationale:

In every continent people are living longer lives in the 21st century. By 2050, older people are predicted to make up 22% of the world population with an increase in each major sector of the globe (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 2007). The UK is no exception to the longevity of ageing in communities. This percentage is expected to rise to 40% by 2026. Policy-makers, the public and many older people do not always fully appreciate either the importance of physical activity and recreation in elders’ lives or the options available to deal with the process of ageing and well-being. Current research highlights the significance of maintaining and developing active lifestyles to avoid medical conditions and provide for health and well-being as one age. This conference is particularly concerned with intergenerational perspectives to ageing well.


The goals of the conference are to:

  1. Bring together practitioners, students, and researchers interested in community-based health/recreation promotion programmes for older adults and disseminate knowledge on physical activity and recreation interventions.
  2. Facilitate collaboration, among the various stakeholders, about partnerships aimed at introducing health community initiatives.
  3. Provide a platform for the local community to showcase the ‘Movers & Shakers’ health and well-being initiative which brings together older people from diverse communities.


Conference Themes

  • Intergenerational Perspectives and active ageing
  • Active Leisure and Ageing Well: Programmes Designed to Meet the Health  Needs of Older Persons
  • Evidence-Based Programmes: Research on Life Style Interventions for Elders
  • Reminiscence, Mind Work and Other Research or Cognitive Based Approaches
  • Gerontological Service Learning Opportunities for Universities


Who is the conference for?

  • Practitioners involved in intervention programmes for seniors
  • Academics and researchers involved in physical activity, recreation, nutrition, stress management, and social support systems
  • Community service policy-makers,  providers and users
  • Public health officials


Keynote Speakers

  • Carol Cutler Riddick, Professor of gerontology and leisure & Graduate Coordinator, Gallaudet University, U.S.A, & Visiting Professor, Buckinghamshire New University
  • Olga McBarnett, Mental Health Community Development Lead, Bucks County Council, Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group


Hosted by: Buckinghamshire New University and ‘Movers & Shakers’

Venue: Buckinghamshire New University, High Wycombe Campus

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Professor Barbara Humberstone – Professor of Sociology of Sport

Dr Maria Konstantaki – Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science

Olga McBarnett -Joint Mental Health Community Development Lead, Bucks County Council, Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Groups


Call for papers                                             

Conference presentation will be 20 minutes including questions.


 Abstract Submission (by 16th May 2016)

250-350 words, structured as follows and submitted by email to: and

  • Full title of paper
  • Abstract main body, including background (outline of the policy context and/or academic literature informing the research), approach (indication of the broad theoretical orientation and/or methodological approach) and significance (description and application of the original research findings reported in the paper)
  • Author biography: 100-150 words indicating position, field of study, main research interests and key publications where appropriate; and full professional contact details.


Closing Date for participation: 1st June 2016


Cost Full day fee is £40

Concessions (student and non-waged) £20

Local community groups tbc


For more details visit the event webpage