Future of Ageing 2020

Virtual conference

Thursday, 3 December 2020

9.00am – 5.30pm 

Event Details

Future of Ageing 2020: Together for tomorrow

Delivering a better society for all generations

Policy and practice is increasingly polarised by age. And the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has resurfaced a young vs old narrative. Yet in an ageing world we need to ensure that society works for all. The impact of longevity on society isn’t just about older people: it will impact everyone. Young and old alike.

Younger people are undoubtedly facing a tough future.

  • We know that every girl born today will have a one in three chance of living until she’s 100.
  • We know that when she starts work, she will need to save at least 20% of her earnings every year in order to afford a comfortable retirement.
  • We know that if she wants to buy her own home, she’ll probably need to wait until she’s over 35, in a relationship and working full time.

But at the same time:

  • We know that a retiree today may be increasingly likely to live in poverty as final salary schemes come to an end.
  • We know that while an older person today may be living much longer than generations before, they are also spending more time in ill health and
  • We know that older people tend to have fewer qualifications than younger and take up fewer opportunities to learn within the workplace.

And we know that across the life course, age discrimination is a barrier to opportunity.

Through this conference we will seek to engage experts, policy makers and practitioners to provoke conversations and pioneer solutions for a society where everyone can thrive, regardless of age. We will explore, for example:

  • How can financial services work to support saving among young as well as decumulation in old age?
  • Has COVID-19 exacerbated intergenerational divides or brought generations together?
  • How can we ensure health systems protect the acute needs of older people whilst also investing in prevention?
  • How can we ensure that benefits and tax policy is intergenerationally fair?
  • How can we develop “work” and meaningful activity which is attractive for both younger and older workers?
  • How can we meet the housing needs of young and old?
  • How can policy better recognise that social care is a life-course issue and deliver funding proposals which are fair across generations?
  • How can older and younger people work together to address the climate emergency?

Our annual Future of Ageing conferences have been described by delegates as ‘one of the best conferences I have ever attended’. The conferences assemble experts from the fields of health, housing, finance and business to identify the challenges and opportunities posed by an ageing society.

We expect over 200 attendees to join us at the conference, including policymakers; business leaders; charity sector experts; public sector decision makers; local authority staff; academics; and senior journalists.

Thanks to our sponsors and supporters:

For more information on sponsorship opportunities for this year’s conference please contact RedversLee@ilcuk.org.uk


Register here

Early bird rate (ends 11 October 2020)

Charity, NFP, University, Individual, Public Sector £79.00 (+£15.80 VAT)
Corporate £99.00 (+£19.80 VAT)

Standard rate

Charity, NFP, University, Individual, Public Sector £99.00 (+£19.80 VAT)
Corporate £129.00 (+£25.80 VAT)
PhD £59.00 (+£11.80 VAT)

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If any such change results in a material disadvantage to you such as it being a material change to the core purpose or content or type (physical, virtual) of the event we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible and you may at your discretion attend the event in its changed form or cancel your booking and receive a refund of any monies paid, less a £30 administrative fee.

We may have to suspend or cancel the event if we experience an emergency or circumstances that are beyond our reasonable control. You may cancel your booking under such circumstances. If we cancel the event due to an emergency or circumstances outside of our control, we will provide a full refund of any monies paid, however we are unable to cover consequential losses. The maximum refund that you will receive is limited to the exact fee that we charged you.

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Payment must be received by us in cleared funds at least three working days before the date of the event.

You may cancel your attendance at any time before the event and we will issue a refund in accordance with the below cancellation conditions:

  • All cancellations are subject to a £30 administrative fee which will be deducted from the refunded amount.
  • Cancellations made within 14 days of the event – 50% of the ticket cost will be retained by ILC-Services Ltd.
  • Cancellations made within 7 days of the event – non-refundable.


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Future of Ageing 2020 will be held virtually from 9.00am – 5.30pm (BST).

The full agenda, including speaker and session details, will be made available closer to the conference.

Speakers include:

  • Sir Michael Marmot, Professor, UCL
  • Sir Andrew Dilnot, Warden, Nuffield College, Oxford
  • Sir Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder, Forum for the Future
  • Cat Smith MP, Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Young People
  • Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales
  • James Bullion, President, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)
  • Maxeme Tuchman, CEO and Co-Founder, Caribu
  • Will Moy, Chief Executive, Full Fact
  • Professor Vybarr Cregan-Reid, Author of “Primate Change”
  • Roman Krznaric, Author of “The Good Ancestor”
  • Baroness Sally Greengross OBE
  • Chris Knight, CEO, Legal & General
  • Shawn Crawford, Vice Chair of Industry, EY
  • Jim Boyd, Chief Executive, Equity Release Council
  • Deborah Alsina, Chief Executive, Independent Age
  • Helen Kingstone, Research Fellow, University of Surrey
  • Jennie Bristow, Associate, Centre for Parenting Culture Studies
  • Tara MacLeod, Founder and Director, Age Remade
  • Lucy Standing, Founder, Brave Starts
  • John Mathers Design Director, British Design Fund
  • Simon Roberts, Partner, Stripe Partners

“Act your age!” – Generational stereotypes in the COVID-19 pandemic

1 October 2020
Blog by Liam Hanson, ILC

2020 has been a particularly disruptive year. Almost all of us have had something we were excited about cancelled. Almost all of us have been forced to work, study or simply entertain ourselves at home. Sadder still, almost all of us have known someone to have had coronavirus. Read more

#AllAgesMatter in solving our housing and loneliness crises

18 June 2020
Blog by Stephen Burke, United for All Ages

One of the most frequent predictions for life post COVID-19 is the continued growth of mutual aid and neighbourhood action. Locked down at home, many of us have volunteered in recent months to help neighbours who are shielding and built new community links. Read more.


Beyond the numbers – understanding the wealth of our older population

15 April 2020
Blog by Arunima Himawan, ILC

Last year, a report by Netwealth, which found that one in five “boomers” are millionaires, gained a great deal of media attention. This is just one example of a common discourse in the media of those aged 65 or over, or “boomers”, having overly benefitted financially across their life course, often at the expense of younger generations. Read more.


We don’t talk anymore

2 April 2020
Blog by David Sinclair, Director, ILC

This week I’ve been skimming through an ILC report from 2008 on The State of Intergenerational Relations Today. We highlighted that social contact can have a greater impact on mental wellbeing than health status. Yet we also suggested that the majority of the population observe communication problems between different generations, Two thirds of survey respondents agreed that old and young people today live in separate worlds. Read more


Together for tomorrow

31 March 2020
Blog by David Sinclair, Director, ILC

While there is a popular perception that boomers have benefited at the expense of younger generations, we should caution against pitching generations against one another. We know that every girl born today will have a one in three chance of living until she’s 100. But we also know the girl born today is facing a tough future. Read more 


If you are interested in writing a blog on how policy and practice needs to adapt to work for today’s as well as tomorrow’s older people please email LilyParsey@ilcuk.org.uk 


Previous conferences

Future of Ageing 2020 is our sixth annual Future of Ageing conference. You can find out more about our previous conferences below, or take a look at our video and picture gallery of last year’s conference.


Future of Ageing 2020 – First ten speakers announcedMeet our first ten speakers

  • Sir Michael Marmot, Professor, UCL
  • Sir Andrew Dilnot, Warden, Nuffield College, Oxford
  • Sir Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder, Forum for the Future

Read more

Ten reasons to join us at Future of Ageing 2020

  1. Help shape the intergenerational policy agenda in the COVID-19 context with local and central government.
  2. Contribute to the debate on the future of social care nine years on from the Dilnot Commission report with Sir Andrew Dilnot.
  3. Be the first to hear about the interim findings of our research into the retirement prospects of Generation X.

Read more