Abstract submission

One of the British Geriatrics Society’s primary objectives is to showcase high quality scientific research at its conferences and the BGS wants to present your research.

Original research and clinical quality studies will be considered for presentation as a poster or as a platform presentation. Authors do not need to be BGS members to participate.
There are several chances each year to showcase your research at the leading UK conferences in older people’s care. The upcoming meetings and submission deadlines are below:
Upcoming abstract submission dates
Meeting Abstract submission open Submission link
NE Thames Autumn Meeting 2019 12 July 2019 - 6 September 2019 (5pm) EXTENDED
scientificofficer [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk (Submit via email)
South West Autumn Meeting 2019

12 July 2019 - Deadline extended to 10 September 2019 (5pm)

The word count for abstracts is 370 words and abstracts need to be laid out under specific headings. These headings differ, depending on whether your study is categorised as scientific research or clinical quality. More detail is available on the submissions page or please email Joanna at j [dot] gough [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk.

Submit via link
Mersey Autumn Meeting 2019 27 July 2019 - 4 September 2019 (5pm) william [dot] wareing [at] nhs [dot] net (Submit via email)
Trent Autumn Meeting 2019 12 August 2019 - 9 October 2019 (5pm) scientificofficer [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk (Submit via email)
Joint SE & SW Thames Autumn Meeting 2019

7 August 2019 - 12 September 2019 (5pm)

All scientific abstracts for poster or oral presentation up to a maximum of 36 will be accepted on a “first come, first served basis”.

If you have exhibited a poster at a meeting of another organisation, the Joint SW/SE Regional BGS would be pleased to give your work further exposure and invites you to exhibit your poster. Doctors, Medical Students, Nurses, Therapists, Physician Associates, Pharmacists and Scientists - all welcome!!

jo [dot] gough [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk (subject: SE%2FSW%20region%20autumn%20meeting%20-%20unadjudicated%20abstract) (Submit via email)
BGS Scotland Autumn Meeting 2019 1 September 2019 - 18 October 2019 (5pm) Submit via link
BGS Spring Meeting 2020 Opening 1 November 2019 Not yet open

BGS Autumn Meeting 2019 abstract results

At present the abstracts are with the judges and you will receive an email by the last week in August to advise where to find the results on our website.

Abstract submission guidelines

Abstracts are encouraged and will be accepted as platforms or posters to be displayed at the meeting. 

Please read the instructions below before preparing your abstract.

Your abstract must include:

  • A title
  • Names of authors (presenting author to be underlined)
  • Provenance (i.e. place of work)
  • Contact details (including telephone number and email address)

The abstract text should be no longer than 300 words and must be in English. Where possible, please use the four standard sub-headings of:

  1. Introduction
  2. Method
  3. Results
  4. Conclusion(s).

Please submit your abstract (prepared according to the general guidelines above) via the relevant link above.

All abstracts are considered by a scientific committee.

The results of adjudication (oral or poster presentation) will be notified to first named authors within two weeks of the closing date.

If you have any questions please call the abstracts manager on 0207 608 8574


The BGS is looking for work in the categories of: 

  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Osteoporosis, rheumatology and bone health
  • Health promotion
  • Movement disorders
  • Frailty and sarcopenia
  • Health service delivery
  • Stroke
  • Dementia, delirium and mental health
  • Epidemiology
  • Falls and fractures
  • Pharmacology
  • Research into ageing and improving health of older people
  • Community geriatrics
  • Bladder and bowel health

Four prizes are awarded at each meeting for: the best platform presentation; the best scientific research poster; the best clinical quality poster; and the best poster led by a nurse or therapist. Abstracts of work to be presented at our Spring and Autumn meetings may be published as an online supplement of the Age and Ageing journal. There are also opportunities to exhibit at our one-day special interest group events.