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Research Quality and Policy Influence on the Agenda for this Year’s Emerging Researchers in Ageing Conference

Research students collaborating

This year the 16th Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA) Conference, supported by CEPAR, is running from 6-7th November, and will showcase 37 Oral and Poster presentations from students and early career researcher from almost 20 national and international universities.

Dr Matthew Carroll, ERA National Convenor, says this year’s conference theme, Digging for Gold: Building Success in Ageing Research, was chosen to show young researchers that policy influence, as well as high quality research, is essential to forging an academic career in this space.

“Our keynote speakers this year, Dr Nicholas Waldron, WA Health Falls Prevention Health Network, and Dr Susan Slatyer, Curtin University, are both academics who are active in the policy and practice space. It’s important that young researchers see that there is not just one path to be taken after they complete their studies. An academic career can look different for each individual researcher”, he said.

The multi-disciplinary nature of the conference means that presentations cover a broad spectrum of ageing related topics, including dementia, nutrition, social relationships, service use, health and physical activity, and psychological, neurological and biological aspects of ageing.