IGS Scientific Programme 2020-2021. Changing Horizons in Gerontology: United in Solidarity with Older People

1 September 2020 - 1 November 2021
Online Programme of Research, Education and Networking Events

Organised by: Irish Gerontological Society


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IGS has had to defer its Annual and Scientific Meeting.  In its place, we have developed the IGS Online Scientific Programme 2020/2021 under the following umbrella theme: 

Changing Horizons in Gerontology

 United in Solidarity with Older People

Under this banner, for the duration of our membership year, we will deliver a series of online educational, research and networking events for our members.  These will include symposia, lectures (including our annual ALONE Willie Bermingham Lecture), special interest group meetings, and other events.

This Scientific Programme is supported by the Irish Gerontological Society Quarterly ePublication.  The current issue of which can be forwarded to members on request.

Winter/Spring Timetable 2020


September 2021

Past Events:

May 2021

  • Meeting 6. Championing Older LGBT People in Ireland - An Invisible Population.  IGS in partnership with the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, the Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia, and LGBT Ireland (LGBTI), Thurs, May 20th, 3.00-4.30 pm
  • Changing Horizons ion Gerontology. Update on Stroke Prevention and Atrial Fibrillation, (Sponsor: BMS) Thurs, May 27th, 3.00-4.30 pm
  • Changing Horizons in Gerontology. Self-Care and Patient Care in Challenging Times. (Sponsor: Educate4Health). Thurs, May 13th, 3.00-4.30 pm

April 2021

  • Meeting 5. Family Carers, Public Policy and Dementia. IGS in partnership with the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology and the Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia. Thurs, Apr. 22nd, 3.00-4.30 pm
  • Humanities, Arts and Ageing. Lead by Dr Des O'Neill. Thurs, Apr. 15th, 3.00-4.30 pm
  • Public Lecture: Ireland’s Adults Taking on the COVID Challenge. As COVID-19 changes how we live - what does this mean for family, friendship, community and travel in 2021?  Wed, Apr. 21st, 3.00-4.15 pm

March 2021

  • Changing Horizons in Gerontology. Palliative Care and the Patient during the COVID 19 Pandemic. (Sponsor: Kyowa Kirin). Thurs, Mar. 4th, 3.00-4.30 pm
  • Marginalised Ageing and Inclusive Systems Webinar Series. Meeting 4: Continuum of Care and People with Dementia. IGS in partnership with the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology and the Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia. Thurs, Mar. 11th, 3.00-4.30 pm
  • Changing Horizons in Gerongology. Improving Primary and Secondary Prevention during a Pandemic - Adherence and Deprescribing in Older Adults (Sponsor: Servier). Thurs, Mar. 25th,  3.00-4.30 pm

February 2021

  • Changing Horizons in Gerontology. Stroke: New Thoughts on an Old Disease (Sponsor: Daiichi Sankyo). Thurs, Feb. 4th, 3.00-4.30 pm
  • Public Lecture: Optimising Your COVID-19 Vaccination. Wed, Feb 17th 2021. 3.00-4.00 p.m.
  • Marginalised Ageing and Inclusive Systems Webinar Series
    Meeting 3: Promoting Marginal Older Adult Voices and Identities: Launch of the findings of the Older Traveller and Older Adult Homeless (OTOH) Study. IGS in partnership with the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology and the Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia. Thurs, Feb. 18th,  3.00-4.30 pm
  • Changing Horizons in Gerontology. Update on Thrombosis and Stroke-risk During the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Sponsor: Sanofi). Thurs, Feb. 25th, 3.00-4.30 pm

January 2021

  • Changing Horizons in Gerontology: Marginalised Ageing and Inclusive Systems Webinar Series. Meeting 2: Targeting disadvantage and inequality in ageing societies. IGS in partnership with the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology and the Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia. Thurs, Jan. 14th, 3.00-4.30 pm 
  • ​Advances in Parkinson's Disease (Sponsor: Clonmel Healthcare). Thurs, Jan. 21st, 3.00-4.30 pm

December 2020

  • Seasonal Miscellany (IGS members only) Thurs, Dec. 17th, 7.00-8.30 pm
  • Improving outcomes of falls and syncope in older people (Sponsor: Daiichi Sankyo). Thurs, Dec. 3rd, 3.00-4.30 pm.
  • Launch of IGS/ICSG/CESRD Symposium Series: Marginalised Ageing and Inclusive Systems. Launch lecture theme: Ageism and intergenerational tension in the age of scarce resources.  Dr Liat Ayalon, PhD. Professor, Deputy Directory, Chair of the Retraining Master Degree Program, Louis and Gabi Weisfeld School of Social Work, Bar Ilan University. In partnership with The Irish Centre for Social Gerontology and the Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia. Mon, Dec. 7th, 3.00-4.30 pm

November 2020

  • Webinar. A joint education initiative in association with the Institute of Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI). (by invitation only). Wed, Nov 25th
  • Update on delirium (IGS members only). Thurs, Nov. 26th, 3.00-4.30 pm. 
  •  Mood, Memory, Isolation in COVID 19 times (Sponsor: Lundbeck). Thurs, Nov. 5th, 3.00-4.30 pm.

October 2020

  • IGS ALONE Willie Bermingham Lecture and presentation of 2020 IGS President's Medal (open). Thurs, Oct. 1st, 2.00-3.30 pm
  • IGS 68th Annual General Meeting (IGS members only). Thurs, Oct. 1st, 4.00-4.30 pm
  • Translating critical care learning on COVID19 outside of the ICU (IGS members only). Thurs, Oct. 15th, 3.00-4.30 pm
  • Improving stroke prevention for older people (Sponsor: Bayer). Thurs, Oct.  22nd, 3.00-4.30 pm

September 2020

  • Improving bone health in older people (Sponsor: Amgen). Thurs,  Sept 10th, 3.00-4.30 pm
  • Update on frailty (IGS members only). Thurs, 24 Sept 24th,  3.00-4.30 pm

The IGS acknowledges Daiichi Sankyo as our Innovation Partner 2020-2021. The company has no influence, nor liability for any of the content provided in our educational material. We thank them for their support.

The IGS Scientific Programme 2020/2021 is sponsored by unrestricted educational grants from:



Bristol Myers Squibb

Clonmel Healthcare

Daiichi Sankyo


Kyowa Kirin




We thank these sponsors for their solidarity and support.

For sponsorship details please contact miriam.ahern@irishgerontology.com

For event details please contact mai.olden@irishgerontology.com