UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is the headline sponsor at the Global Ageing Conference, taking place in Glasgow in September, and organised by the National Care Forum (NCF) together with Scottish Care and the Global Ageing Network.

UKRI’s presence at the Global Ageing Conference will be led by UKRI’s Healthy Ageing Challenge, which is delivered by Innovate UK, the UK’s national innovation agency, and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Cynthia Bullock, Deputy Challenge Director from UKRI said:

“UKRI’s Healthy Ageing Challenge is delighted to join colleagues from around the world to showcase some of the outstanding research and innovative solutions which are driving improvements in the way we deliver care for an ageing population. This conference highlights superbly the global nature of the ageing population challenge and emphasises the huge value from collaborations and partnerships.”

As well as talking about research and innovation from across the UK, George MacGinnis, Director of the UKRI’s Healthy Ageing Challenge (pictured below), will also take part in panel sessions discussing the case for reform and will join other representatives taking to the stage to address delegates during the course of the two-day conference.

UKRI’s presence at the event couldn’t be timelier for Katie Smith Sloan, Executive Director of Global Ageing Network and CEO of LeadingAge who explained:

“Due to the massive changes that accompany global ageing – a reality that has no precedent – it is imperative that we explore new and innovative ideas, policies and solutions to meet growing needs as current approaches will simply not sustain us.

“As we gather as leaders and experts in social care for the elderly in September, UKRI will bring a forward-looking dynamic to the event and provide a platform for providers to envisage what the future of social care could look like. We welcome them onboard as our headline sponsor.”

Delegates are invited to register to take part in the conference and can buy tickets at with discounts available for National Care Forum and Scottish Care members. In addition to the packed agenda over those two days, delegates can also register for the Social Care International Workforce Summit taking place on 6th September at the Clayton Hotel in Glasgow. Attendees will be able to join in with discussions about the main challenges around workforce including recruitment, retention and training. Places can be reserved by visiting


Note to Editors:

The National Care Forum brings together 170 of the UK’s leading social care organisations, representing large numbers of care providers, offering thousands of services across the country, which are not for profit and always at the heart of community provision. Collectively, these organisations deliver more than £2.3 billion of social care and support to more than 277,000 people. The NCF membership body collectively employs more than 124,000 staff and 14,000 volunteers.
• More information is available on the National Care Forum at @NCFCareForum @vicrayner @NCF_Liz
• For enquiries, please contact Victoria Garratt ([email protected])

The Global Ageing Network members have an opportunity to contribute and benefit from a wealth of knowledge, expertise and research related to issues affecting elders worldwide. Our collective knowledge can be accessed through educational and shared learning programmes we offer as well as our programmes offered by our chapters, research, and other industry partners. More information is available on The Global Ageing Network at

Scottish Care is a membership organisation representing the independent social care sector in Scotland. We work with members and stakeholders in social care to create conditions for sustainable human-rights-based care and support. More information is available on Scottish Care at

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