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Abstract/Session Formats
Abstracts must signal clear gerontological relevance. Abstracts are submitted as individual paper or poster presentations, or as organised symposia (which include individual symposium abstracts).

Symposia and individual paper and poster abstracts are submitted, reviewed, and organised by stream and sub-theme. The streams are: (i) Social & Behavioural, (ii) Biological, (iii) Clinical. When submitting your abstract, you will also be asked to select a sub-theme and indicate a relevant topic. Click here to view the list of themes, topics and topic-codes.

Symposium Submissions
Symposia are convened by a Convenor/Chair and typically comprise a session with 3 to 5 papers, sometimes concluding with the help of a Discussant. The symposium submission is organised and submitted by the symposium Convenor/Chair. The submission takes the form of an abstract that provides an overview of the symposium, along with between 3 and 5 individual symposium abstracts authored by a primary author and co-author(s). At least 3 individual abstracts and 1 overview abstract must be submitted for the symposium to be considered.

You cannot add an individual symposium abstract to a symposium except through the Convenor/Chair. If you are an individual submitting an abstract independently, please consider an individual paper or poster format.

  • Symposium Submission: Component Parts
    • Symposium overview: The symposium overview provides a focus and objective for the session, and includes a synopsis of the individual symposium abstracts that are submitted under it. The symposium overview is submitted by the Convenor/Chair. One Discussant can also be attached to a symposium overview.
    • Individual symposium abstract: Each symposium will have at least 3 and no more than 5 individual symposium abstracts submitted with it. An individual symposium abstract is submitted by the Convenor/Chair on behalf of a primary author.

  • Symposium Participants
    • Convenor/Chair: The Convenor/Chair is considered the organiser of the symposium and is the main point of contact. There can only be one Convenor/Chair for a symposium. The Convenor/Chair is responsible for submitting the symposium overview and disseminating all information regarding the symposium to the primary authors, co-authors, and, if appropriate, Discussant. The Convenor/Chair is also responsible for providing the primary authors of individual symposium abstracts with the title of the symposium, and for collecting and submitting their individual symposium abstracts to the already existing symposium.
    • Discussant: One Discussant can be attached to the symposium overview. The Discussant is responsible for “pulling the session together”, drawing conclusions, integrating concepts, and facilitating discussion on-site.
    • Primary Author: The primary author submits and presents the individual symposium abstract to the Chair on behalf of all co-authors.

Individual Paper and Poster Submissions
Individual paper and poster submissions are completed using the same online form. While every effort is made to accommodate authors’ preferences, it is not possible to guarantee assignment (i.e. paper or poster) types.
  • Paper Submissions are submitted by a primary author and grouped into 90-minute paper sessions by programme committee section chairs.
  • Poster Submissions are submitted by a primary author and grouped into poster sessions by programme committee section chairs. Posters are presented on an A0 poster board in portrait orientation. Poster sessions are designed to emphasise and encourage personal dialogue and interaction with colleagues.

Completing the Online Abstract Submission Form
The abstract submission system can be accessed here.

On first use, you will be required to register your details on the abstract submission system. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email which includes an attachment ‘IAGG-ER Abstract Submission Instructions’. Thereafter, you may log into the system using your email address and password. When you click on the ‘Log in’ button you will be taken to a screen from which the submission process begins.

Please read the IAGG-ER Submission Instructions before making your submission. Please also pay attention to the instructions on each page of the online submission form before completing the page. Abstract submissions are not accepted via mail, e-mail, or fax.

Submission Guidelines
Titles are limited to a total of 20 words.

Titles must be in title case format:
Correct — Advance Directives: Research Results
Incorrect — Advance directives: research results

Symposium overview text and individual symposium abstracts’ texts are each limited to 250 words. Individual paper and poster abstract text is limited to 250 words.

All symposia and individual abstracts must be assigned to a stream, sub-theme and topic. The streams and sub-themes are guided by the dropdown menus on the abstract submission site. You can view a list of the topics and topic codes here. Symposia and individual abstracts will be reviewed, placed in sessions, and scheduled according to the stream, sub-theme and topic chosen. Symposium abstracts will be submitted by the symposium Convenor/Chair under the symposium heading.

Abstracts should follow the format: Background, Methods, Results and Conclusions of the work. Abstracts must be factual and report on significant research findings. The following items will be considered during the review process:
Originality of ideas and methods
Specificity of methods and findings
Clarity of theoretical and/or applied implications
Relevance to the sections’ interests
Quality of writing
Use of proper abstract format (please follow online instructions)

Abstract Review Process
Abstracts will be peer reviewed and graded. Although IAGG-ER 8th Congress is a broad-ranging Gerontological conference, extra weight will be given to submissions which reflect the congress theme Unlocking the Demographic Dividend.

Please Note
To be accepted for presentation, abstracts of presentations that seek to frame theoretical questions or advance understanding of the application of the arts, social sciences and humanities should summarise major conclusions.

Abstracts based on empirical research projects must report actual results, not promised results.

All successful abstracts will be printed in the Meeting Programme and Book of Abstracts. This may be an Open Access publication. They will also be included in the Irish Gerontological Society’s Database of Abstracts in Gerontology.

The symposia proposals and symposium abstracts will be reviewed after 15 September 2014. If accepted, the Convenor/Chair will be notified of the date and time of the symposium. Convenors/Chairs and primary authors are responsible for notifying fellow participants of their symposium abstract’s acceptance. If the e-mail notification is not received by the Convenor/Chair before 12 December 2014, please contact the IAGG-ER Congress Secretariat at

The individual paper and poster submissions will be reviewed after 22 October 2014. Letters will be e-mailed to primary authors regarding the status of each submission. If accepted, the primary author will be notified of the date and time of the presentation as well as the final presentation type (i.e., paper or poster). Primary authors are responsible for notifying fellow participants of their abstract’s acceptance. If e-mail notification is not received by the primary author before 12 December 2014, please contact the IAGG-ER Congress Secretariat at

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