Calling for Additional Abstracts

Due to the demand to present at the 14th Global Conference on Ageing, the IFA is pleased to announce that additional spaces have opened up for abstract submission.

To balance the program and deliver on a range of key global issues, the IFA is seeking additional abstracts under the themes/sub-themes of Combating Ageism, Toward Healthy Ageing, and Addressing Inequalities.

Further abstracts under the theme of Age-Friendly Environments are also welcome.

The new deadline for additional abstracts is 6 April 2018.

The International Program and Advisory Committee (IPAC) is pleased to invite authors to submit abstracts for oral, symposium, workshop, and poster presentations, to be delivered at the International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference: Towards a Decade of Healthy Ageing.

The IFA 14th Global Conference on Ageing will be held in Toronto from 8-10 August 2018. The Global Conference will revolve around four categories of themes related to the field of ageing, and will feature prominent experts presenting upon critical issues. The conference is proud to be supported by an international network of partners.


Abstract Submission Guidelines


Abstracts will be reviewed on a rolling basis, ending on 6 April 2018.

To submit an abstract, you must first register for the 14th Global Conference.

To be included in the conference program, all presenters involved in the session must have their registration fees paid in full before being placed in the program. The last date for payment is April 6,2018, after this date there are no guarantees your abstract will be included in the program.

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing a link to the EventsAir Presentation Portal, where you can submit your abstract.

Please read the following guidelines carefully before preparing your abstract, and ensure all contact information is accurate while completing the registration process.  If you are having trouble with the abstract templates, please contact Mr Greg Shaw for assistance.  Only PDF document can be submitted using the presentation portal. Once you submit your abstract you should receive a confirmation email, if you do not receive this email within 24 hours, please contact Mr Greg Shaw.

All abstracts must be prepared according to the submission guidelines and using the abstract templates provided below:

Abstract Guidelines 

Paper Abstract Form 

Symposium Abstract Form 

Workshop Abstract Form 

Poster Abstract Form 


Conference Themes

The conference themes and sub-themes are aligned with the World Health Organization (WHO) World Report on Ageing and Health and the WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan (GSAP). The WHO Global Strategy is a significant step toward establishing a framework for member states, and focuses on five strategic objectives: committing to action on healthy ageing in every country, developing age-friendly environments, aligning health systems with the needs of older populations, developing sustainable and equitable systems of long-term care, and improving the measurement and monitoring of healthy ageing.

Given the IFA’s formal relations with WHO, the 14th Global Conference will provide a platform to build the evidence and partnerships necessary for supporting a decade of healthy ageing. The WHO Global Strategy thus forms the basis for the four themes of the Conference, listed below:


Being Mindful of the Policy Lens

The IFA encourages presenters to be mindful of the WHO’s World Report on Ageing and Health as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a crucial perspective when submitting abstracts for the IFA conference.


World Report on Ageing and Health


According to the WHO World Report on Ageing and Health, in order to achieve the priorities of the UN Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (2002), systemic changes are needed globally.

Even in high income countries, current health systems are not designed to manage or minimize the consequences of chronic pathologies that are often present in old age. Furthermore, the existing systems lack an interdisciplinary approach as most are developed in professional silos.

To learn more about the Report, please click the image below.

Fig 1: World Health Organization. (2015). World Report on Ageing and Health. Retrieved here.

UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

In addition to the WHO World Report on Ageing, there is an interrelationship between the Report on Ageing and Health and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs, officially known as ‘Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, are a set of 17 goals with 169 targets. The goals are led by the United Nations and all 193 Member States have committed to achieve the goals by 2030. The IFA having consultancy status with the United Nations is equally committed in doing so through its work.

To learn more about the UN SDG’s, click the image below.

Fig. 2: United Nations. (2015). Sustainable Development Goals. Retrieved here.


Older People are included in the following SDGs:

1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development