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Call for Abstracts--2011 RDC Conference: “Coming of Age: The Policy Impact of an Aging Population“

Deadline April 30, 2011

Sutton Place Hotel, Edmonton, Alberta
Pre-conference workshops : October 3, 2011
Conference: October 4-5, 2011

The Research Data Centre at the University of Alberta invites researchers from any discipline to present their research findings at the Canadian Research Data Centre Network's ninth annual conference on the theme Coming of Age: The Policy Impact of an Aging Population. Proposals for oral presentations, symposia or posters on any issues related to aging, older adults or intergenerational relationships are welcome. Topics include, but are not limited to: social, economic, mental or physical health and well-being; employment; older workers; retirement planning and retirement transitions; family and social networks; grandparenting; special populations such as aboriginal and immigrant seniors; healthy aging; aging well/well-being in later life; aging with mental illness; public health implications of population aging; caregiving; built environments for an aging population; driving and other transportation needs; age-friendly communities. All presentations should address the policy and/or practice implications of the findings.

Preference will be given to papers based on RDC data and research focusing on issues of concern to Canadian decision makers and practitioners, but other empirical or synthesis papers are welcome. While papers need to meet high disciplinary standards, the presentations must be understandable to those outside the presenters' discipline(s) and to decision makers outside of academia. Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts, and to take advantage of pre-conference training activities.

For more information, including submission format, please visit

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to Dr. Janet Fast at by April 30, 2011. Authors will be notified about the selection of papers by May 30, 2011.

Further details on program, logistics, and accommodation will be posted on the conference website at

Questions should be directed to Dianne Kieren, Conference Co-ordinator, at