Keynote speakers IAGG 2022


Liat Ayalon, PhD, is a researcher in the School of Social Work, at Bar Ilan University, Israel. Prof. Ayalon coordinates an international EU funded Ph.D. program on the topic of ageism ( She is also the Israeli PI of the EU funded MascAge program to study ageing masculinities in literature and cinema. Between 2014 and 2018, Prof. Ayalon has led an international research network on the topic of ageism, funded through COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology; COST IS1402, She consults both national and international organizations concerning the development and evaluation of programs and services for older adults.

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Marvin Formosa Ph.D. is Associate Professor at the Department of Gerontology and Dementia Studies, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta and Director of the International Institute on Ageing United Nations - Malta (INIA). He also holds the posts of Chairperson of the National Commission for Active Ageing (Malta) and Rector’s Delegate for the University of the Third Age (Malta). Prof. Formosa was the lead author of the first and second National Strategic Policy for Active Ageing Malta 2014 - 2020 / 2021 – 2027. Recent published books include International perspectives on older adult education (with Brian Findsen, 2016), Population ageing in Turkey (with Yeşim Gökçe Kutsal, 2017)Active and healthy ageing in Malta: Gerontological and geriatric inquiries (2018), The University of the Third Age and active ageing: European and Asian-Pacific perspectives (2019), Population ageing in the Middle East and North Africa: Research and policy implications (with Abdulrazzak AByad, 2021), and Ageing and COVID-19: Making sense of a disruptive world (with Maria Luszczyńska, 2021). Prof. Formosa is also Malta’s Country Team Leader for the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), and in 2021 he was elected as Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and Fellow of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

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Dr. Tine Buffel is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester, where she directs the Manchester Urban Ageing Research Group (MUARG), an interdisciplinary group bringing together scholars from sociology, geography, anthropology, health sciences, political science, and architecture. Dr. Buffel’s research aims to identify new ways of responding to the opportunities and challenges associated with population ageing in urban environments. Issues of inequality, social justice, and underlying processes of spatial and social exclusion have been the primary focus of her research activities. Much of her work has involved participatory and co-production methodologies, building on partnerships with older people, local authorities, voluntary organisations and community groups, to study and address equity and justice issues. She is best known for her work on age-friendly cities and communities, contributing a critical lens to the study of urban ageing and assisting the development of evidence-based policies to improve the experience of ageing in cities.

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Elena Moore is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Cape Town.  She is the author of Generation, Gender and Negotiating Custom in South Africa (Routledge, 2022), Divorce, Families and Emotion Work (Palgrave, 2017) and (with Chuma Himonga) Reform of Customary Marriage, Divorce and Succession (Juta & Co. 2015). Her current research centres on Intergenerational Relationships and Kin Support. She co-edited a special issue on Consequences of Social Protection on Inter-generational Relationships in South Africa in Critical Social Policy (2019). She has published articles on care in leading journals such as Feminist Economics, Critical Social Policy and Current Sociology.Her work examines kinship, care, gender, intergenerational relations, customary law, family law and policy. She is the Principal Investigator of the Care of Older Persons Network in Southern Africa. She is a co-editor of Families, Relationships and Societies.  For more see


Prof. Gustavo Duque MD, PhD, FRACP, FGSA is a geriatrician and a clinical and biomedical researcher with a special interest in the mechanisms and treatment of osteoporosis, sarcopenia and frailty in older persons. His initial training included Internal Medicine at Javeriana University (Colombia) and Geriatric Medicine, which he completed at McGill University in Montreal (Canada). Subsequently, he obtained his PhD at McGill University in 2003 with a thesis entitled ‘Molecular Changes of the Aging Osteoblast’ under the supervision of Dr. Richard Kremer. Prof. Duque's major research interests include the elucidation of the mechanisms and potential new treatments for age-related bone loss, osteoporosis, sarcopenia, osteosarcopenia and frailty. He is also looking at the effect of vitamin D, exercise and proteins on bone and muscle mass. He is currently Chair of Medicine and Director of the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS) at the University of Melbourne and Western Health. He is the author of more than 200 peer reviewed articles and of multiple book chapters and has edited 4 books in the ageing and musculoskeletal fields (two of them on Osteosarcopenia). He is also the Director of the Fracture Care and Prevention Program at Western Health (Melbourne). As part of this Program, Prof. Duque implemented a Falls and Fractures clinic at Sunshine Hospital where patients are assessed for falls and fractures risk in a comprehensive manner.   

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I am an internal medicine specialist who became a geriatrician in France where I worked as assistant professor at the University of Grenoble. Later on, I pursued my studies at the University of Paris VII on the Biology of aging, and finally received my Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Bordeaux. I have served in the faculty of the National University of Mexico School of Medicine, since 1994 as head of the geriatric medicine specialty program. I founded the Department of Geriatrics at the National Institute of Medical Sciences in 1989 and was its Head until January 2009 when I was appointed as the founder Director General of the National Institute of Geriatrics, position I still hold. Today I am member of the National Academies of Medicine of Mexico and France. My research agenda focuses on the epidemiology of aging and more specifically on frailty and dementia and the interface between both conditions. I have served in various national and global committees including the Advisory Committee at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and the World Health Organization; and in the editorial boards of several specialty journals. I have more than 250 publications among books and scientific papers with an H index of 37 and co-authors as well in Europe, Mexico and the US.

Tom Scharf

Thomas Scharf is Professor of Social Gerontology in the Population Health Sciences Institute and Co-director of the Centre for Ageing and Inequalities at Newcastle University, United Kingdom. A Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and current President of the British Society of Gerontology (2019-2022), Professor Scharf has held visiting professorships at the universities of Manchester, Keele, Vienna and Galway. His research addresses issues relating to social inclusion and exclusion in later life, often with a focus on the spaces and places in which inclusion and exclusion arise and on the policy responses to forms of exclusion. Current projects investigate: 1) the role of inequalities in shaping people’s experiences of multiple long-term conditions; and 2) barriers to civic participation in later life. Professor Scharf’s most recent book is Social Exclusion in Ageing Societies: Interdisciplinary and Policy Perspectives (co-edited with Kieran Walsh, Sofie van Regenmortel and Anna Wanka, Springer Nature, 2021).

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