Abstract Submissions

Abstract Submissions


The Irish Gerontological Society is delighted to announce that the Annual and Scientific Meeting 2023 will be taking place on 28th, 29th and 30th September 2023. IGS members are invited to submit abstracts for poster, platform presentations or symposia. Successful abstracts will be published in Age and Ageing.

We invite participation from clinicians, practitioners, academics, researchers and students working in all fields of ageing. Both quantitative and qualitative research submissions are encouraged covering all spectrums of ageing: social, psychology, biology of ageing, health, and that address multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on ageing. 

The closing date for submissions is Midnight on Monday 5th June. 

See details of abstracts submitted to previous IGS Scientific Meetings.  

Further details on the event are available on the website or to submit your abstract click here

This Scientific meeting is being held in association with:

Saolta University Health Care Group and University of Galway

Submitting your abstract

Submit your abstract click here

Building on the huge success and diversity of previous years’ submissions, we invite participation in this meeting from clinicians, practitioners, academics, researchers and students working in all fields of ageing.

We welcome both quantitative and qualitative research submissions covering all spectrums of ageing within the pillars of gerontology: social, psychology, biology of ageing, health/clinical and that address multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on ageing. 

Why submit an abstract?

Oral and Poster presentations are a powerful way to gain recognition for your expertise among fellow gerontology leaders, practitioners and professionals.  They also facilitate discussion and sharing of ideas with your peers and colleagues.  These practices have established the IGS annual scientific meeting as a pivotal hub of knowledge and learning within the gerontological community over the last 66 years.  We hope to see you there and that you will take advantage of this opportunity to present your research.

What are the benefits to you?

Gain from feedback. Get useful feedback on your concepts and on your research methodology.

Make valuable connections. Increase your visibility and build your profile by meeting contacts and colleagues in one of the world’s oldest gerontological communities.

Build your CPD portfolio. Presenting at our meeting will help you to advance your professional competencies and to meet your learning and development requirements.

Achieve recognition for your work.  Abstracts accepted for our scientific meeting will be published online as a supplement to Age & Ageing journal and may be cited in other publications. Accepted abstracts will also be included in the IGS Abstracts Database which is available on our website.

Make a respected contribution. Your abstract will contribute to the evidence-base for gerontological professions.

Submitting an abstract is a very easy process.  You can choose whether you wish to submit an oral or poster presentation.  

Please Note that the abstracts submission deadline is Monday 5th June 2023 (midnight).

Submit your abstract click here. You will need to register once redirected.

Tip: The abstract system has been updated; don’t leave it until the last minute. The Irish Gerontological Society is not responsible for editing abstracts. You can ONLY edit your abstract up to the closing date after which no amendments will be made. 


  • Do not submit an abstract on behalf of a co-author. 
  • Include abstract reference number and title in ALL correspondence to IGS. 
  • The email address of the submitter of the abstract will be the default email address for all correspondence from IGS. This cannot be changed to an alternative email following submission.
  • Inclusion of a primary email address and phone number is mandatory.
  • Please identify if your submission is:
    • Research: addresses a primary research question with the aim of generating new knowledge or replicating existing findings 
    • Audit/Quality Improvement: evaluates current practice against established standards and guidelines, to identify areas for improvement and implementing changes to achieve best practice 
    • Service Evaluation: describes or assesses current characteristics/practices/pathways in a service


  • Title – maximum 20 words and body of text maximum 300 words. 
  • Title - Capitalise the first letter of each word.  No full stop at the end.
  • Abstracts are divided into four inbuilt headings - Background, Method, Results and Conclusion. Do not include additional subheadings.
  • Do not include identifiers such as Connolly Hospital or CHO 5, names of people, institutions or geographical areas in your abstract to ensure that your abstract is blind reviewed.
  • The use of the word “elderly” is prohibited in the title and body of abstract. Inclusion of this word will result in automatic rejection of work.
  • A maximum of two references can be included as part of the 300 word count.
  • No tables, boxes, columns, diagrams or appendices should be included.
  • Authors may edit their abstracts online until the submission deadline.
  • Use the correct official title (e.g. Mater Misericordiae University Hospital not ‘Mater Hospital’. University of Galway not ‘Galway University’).
  • Duplicate abstracts will be identified by reviewers and rejected.
  • Text should be single spaced.
  • Symbols used must be written in full, for example “beta” instead of β.
  • Abbreviations must be spelled out in full on first use.
  • Proposed study/protocol for study: A proposed study or protocol for a study or research due to be undertaken are not accepted by IGS.
  • It is the author’s responsibility to submit a correct abstract; accepted abstracts will be reproduced as submitted including possible errors. 
  • “Results to be presented” is not acceptable and will be automatically rejected.
  • One abstract per presenting author will be accepted for platform presentation.
  • Any queries should be directed to secretary@irishgerontology.com

Reasons why your abstract may not be accepted

  • Subject matter is not appropriate to IGS
  • Study population does not include older adults
  • Abstract is a duplicate of other submissions
  • Abstract is poorly written and difficult to understand
  • Background, Methods, Results and Conclusion is not summarised adequately  
  • Additional subheadings included 
  • Statistical evaluation is inadequate or absent
  • Results pending at time of submission
  • Abstract is incomplete on the submission 

Review and outcome

  • All abstracts will be independently reviewed by a minimum of 2 reviewers
  • You will be notified of the outcome via email
  • Presentation categories are as follows:
    • Platform presentations
    • Quickfire poster presentation
    • Poster presentation
  • Top scoring abstracts will be offered platform presentation (unless submitting author has specified a preference for poster presentation).
  • The top 300 abstracts will be guaranteed abstract publication in Age and Ageing. If submissions exceeds 300 accepted abstracts the decision to publish >300 abstracts will be at the discretion of the executive committee who will consider the number of submissions and the quality of submissions.
  • All abstracts which are unfortunately rejected will receive reviewer feedback.

Key dates reminder:

Abstract submissions deadline: Monday 5th June at Midnight.

  • At the time of submission of your abstract, if you are an undergraduate student or a student in a graduate entry programme and are the primary author, you may choose to enter your submission for the IGS Student Award 2023 (Dr. John Fleetwood award). Proof of student card will be required for registration. Further student information can be found here