Woman Pointing at winning poster at the 2019 Annual Colloquium on Aging

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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.

Save the Date!

32nd Annual Colloquium on Aging

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 will open the first Monday in August (8/1/22).

*This event has been rescheduled to 2022 due to the uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gordon Dining & Event Center

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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 Street.)

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. Many bus routes pass the building, and the several public parking lots, both on campus and city run, are within 1-3 blocks of the event.

Note that to ensure nearby parking, we recommend buying a campus parking permit in advance of the event.

Click to see event location on the UW–Madison campus map

Click to get directions on Google Maps

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.

The application for the Poster Session and/or the New Investigator Award automatically registers applicants for the Annual Colloquium on Aging. Applicants’ poster abstracts undergo a scientific review and an acceptance process. Application coming July 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.
  • 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 Annual Colloquium on Aging.


More information coming soon.

2019 Keynote Speaker: Anne Basting, PhD

2018 Keynote Speaker: Professor Sir Michael Marmot