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Annual Colloquium

Since 1988, the IOA has hosted an annual event known as the Institute on Aging Colloquium. It is free and open to the public, and now attracts a full-capacity crowd each year from the campus and community. Local researchers showcase cutting-edge science in diverse aspects of aging through talks and poster exhibits, while many organizations from the community provide a Health and Resource Fair. The program additionally includes a Keynote Address by an internationally recognized leader on current and critical topics of aging as well as presentation of New Investigator Awards to junior scholars.

Register for the 32nd IOA Annual Colloquium

32nd Institute on Aging Annual Colloquium

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022
Time: 8:00 am – 1:30 pm
Location: Gordon Dining & Event Center (2nd Floor) | 770 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53715

Showcasing the latest research and resources on positive aging, with Speakers, a Poster Session, and a Health & Resource Fair.

The event is free and open to the public.

Registration opens the first Monday in August (8/1/22).

Registration Brochure

Gordon Dining & Event Center

Outside view of Gordon Dining and Event Center

770 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53715 | (on the corner of W. Dayton St and N. Lake, 3 blocks south of the campus end of State St.)

The first floor of Gordon is a public dining hall. The second floor is the event center, all of which has been reserved for the Colloquium.

See the event location on the UW–Madison campus map

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Several public parking lots, both campus & city run, are available within 1-3 blocks of the event. All of them are self-pay.

UW Campus Parking:

To guarantee parking, we recommend purchasing a campus parking permit in advance (by Friday, August 26th).

UW Parking Permit Application

Other Public Parking:

Other nearby public parking ramps are available. These ramps are not managed by the university and cannot be reserved in advance.

  • If campus parking is full, we recommend using the State Street Campus Garage, which has over 1,000 public parking spaces. Entrances are located at 415 N. Lake St. (Lake St. side) and 430 N. Frances St. (Frances St. side).
  • View all public parking ramps managed by the city of Madison.


The event is also easily accessible via city buses. See the City of Madison Metro guide.

Floor Plan of Gordon Dining and Event Center for the Annual Colloquium

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Attic Angel Community – A community that provides high-quality services in a caring and personalized atmosphere that respects the dignity, encourages the independence, and enhances the quality of life of each resident.

BrightStar Care – Offers medical and non-medical homecare along with medical staffing solutions to healthcare organizations of all sizes. From personal care to companion care, BrightStar Care services enable seniors and others to live independently in their homes as long as possible.

Oakwood Village – A locally-operated, faith-based, not-for-profit serving older adults for nearly 75 years. Oakwood offers independent living apartment homes, assisted living, memory care and short-term rehabilitation on two beautiful campuses in Madison.

Senior Helpers – A premier provider for senior homecare. We offer tailored services ranging from companion care for seniors looking for assistance with daily activities to specialized care for those with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s and other chronic diseases. We also provide case management services for clients and families as well as training for our community partners.

Visiting Angels – A non-medical in home care company. Visiting Angels assist anyone 18 years and older with activities of daily living and anything from companionship, errands, meal prep, personal care and bed-bound care through end of life care. They make it possible for people to stay home, where they prefer to be through all stages of aging.

Waunakee Manor – We are a continuum of care in Waunakee – an independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing home. We provide long-term care options for seniors, as well as short-term rehabilitation stays. We also have options for those who use a ventilator.

Poster Session

The Poster Session features posters on various aging-related topics dealing with psychosocial, biomedical, and clinical/applied research. Posters are presented by faculty, research scientists, postdocs, and graduate students.

Poster & Award Informational Flyer

The application for the Poster Session and/or the New Investigator Award automatically registers applicants for the IOA Annual Colloquium. Applicants’ poster abstracts undergo a scientific review and an acceptance process. The deadline to apply was Sunday, July 17, 2022.

New Investigator Awards

Awards are given to UW–Madison students or advanced trainees to recognize outstanding achievement in aging or life course studies. Winners receive a $500 award and their research is showcased in the event’s Poster Session.

Award Eligibility & Rules:

  • Applicants must be UW–Madison students or advanced trainees (including undergraduates; graduate or medical students; or postdoctoral fellows or trainees). Faculty/staff are not eligible for the award.
  • Work must be performed within the previous two academic years.
  • Work must be substantially the applicant’s own research.
  • Applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from their faculty advisor/mentor.  It should:
    • include the statement “I can confirm that the work is substantially the applicant’s own” or something equivalent
    • be on letterhead with a handwritten signature.
  • Applicant must be available to attend the Colloquium in order to present their work in poster format and be available for the award presentation.
  • Award selections are made by a team of IOA affiliates, based on:
    • importance/significance of the work to aging or life course studies
    • quality of the research
    • accessibility of the work to a general audience
    • strength of the letter of recommendation.
  • Previous winners are not eligible to apply.

See the winners from the 31st IOA Annual Colloquium.

2019 Keynote Speaker: Anne Basting, PhD

2018 Keynote Speaker: Professor Sir Michael Marmot