UPDATE ON IFA'S 9TH GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON AGEING

07 May 2008
Montreal (Canada) - An impressive lineup of speakers is confirmed for IFA's 9th Global Conference in Montréal, and deadlines for abstracts has been extended to 30 May 2008.
Montreal (Canada) - The International Federation on Ageing's 9th Global Conference and Expo Ageing & Design will take place in Montréal, Canada, from 4-7 September 2008.

Impressive line-up of speakers confirmed
The organisers have confirmed almost all key note speakers to IFA's 9th Global Conference on Ageing next September. One can get a complete look at the line-up of speakers by consulting the most recent version of the Conference Programme.

For instance the first plenary panel of the conference, on the morning of 5 September, titled The New Paradigm - Ageing and Design, will bring together Dr. Chris Luebkeman and Ms Valerie Fletcher, in addition to Mr. Gordon Lishman, Director General of Age Concern in England.

Dr Luebkeman is director and leader of Arup's global Foresight & Innovation, a global design and business consulting firm. Based in London, UK, he is currently working with some of the world's leading corporations to develop scenarios to better understand the opportunities that change is creating in the built environment.

Ms Fletcher is Executive Director of the Institute for Human Centered Design in Boston, Massachusetts (formerly Adaptive Environments). The Institute's mission is to advance the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities. Valerie is currently overseeing projects ranging from universal design, at the urban scale, in public transit, mixed use development, and residential and school design.

Later that same day, delegates will have the pleasure of meeting Dr. Howard Bergman, a prominent scholar from McGill University, in Montréal, and immediate past President of the Canadian Geriatrics Society, Ms Ann Soden. Ms Soden is the Founding Chair of the National Elder Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), also based in Montréal. These highly regarded experts will speak during the plenary panel titled Innovations in the Canadian Environment.

Other speakers at the Conference include Dr Peter Walker, Mr. Yoshida Ishikawa, Dr. Alexandre Kalache, Ms Enid Borden, Mr. Matthew Cherian and Mr. Paul Gérin-Lajoie. Speakers named above, and many more, will be profiled in upcoming issues of the Global Conference on Ageing Newsletter.

This is just a glimpse of what awaits delegates in Montréal in September. Readers can keep a close eye on the keynote speakers section for scoops on who will soon shape the Conference.

Deadline for abstracts extended: 30 May 2008
Abstracts have been coming in at a fast pace, including many from developing countries. In response to many requests, the submission deadline for abstracts has been extended to 30 May. Your contribution is vital to the success of the Conference.

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