Call for Proposals to Present at On Aging 2021, ASA's Annual Conference

ASA's Annual Conference is Going Virtual - On Aging 2021 - April 6-15

On Aging 2021
ASA’s Annual Conference Is Going Virtual
April 6 – 15, 2021

This year has looked and felt like no other, and our conference will reflect that. We cannot wait to share the thoughtful, dynamic content you have come to rely upon from ASA, along with fun and important opportunities to network, staggered across two weeks in a virtual setting. 

We are living and working in uncertain times. Collectively, we are facing systemic challenges brought on by the pandemic, sharpening our focus on disparities that have been growing for decades, and recognizing opportunities to rebuild and redefine how we live. This moment brings enormous opportunities for older adults and for the field of aging. We invite you to America’s largest multidisciplinary conference that this year will focus on how this era has impacted aging.

ASA is guided by five intersecting themes: social justice, health & well-being, economic security, ageism & culture, and innovation & social impact. As we move into 2021, our conference will concentrate on how the issue of equity intertwines with all of these topic areas.  

ASA’s annual conference has always been an opportunity to connect and share ideas and resources. Over the past few months, we have learned a great deal about the importance of connecting in new ways. We are drawing from this knowledge to build ways for our community to come together, even in the face of the health risks and economic impacts brought by the pandemic. For the first time, ASA will convene new virtual events in the months leading up to the conference, to generate ideas and discussion that will be carried into conference programming. 

The American Society on Aging is accepting proposals to present at On Aging 2021. 
The Call for Proposals will be open through September 30.




Potential Topics

Social Justice

Elder justice, social movements, diversity and inclusion initiatives

Ageism & Culture
  Cross-cultural views on aging, aging and family structures, reframing aging, representation of aging in media, aging and the arts
Economic Security
  Longevity economy, education and training, work and retirement structures, economic instability, health care costs
Health & Wellness
  Social determinants of health (e.g., social isolation and loneliness, transportation, etc.), mental health outcomes, the role of technology, food insecurity, climate change, spiritual wellbeing 
Innovation & Social Impact
  Age-friendly initiatives, design thinking, technology connecting people of all ages, service delivery during and post-pandemic 


We hope you will join us, and submit a proposal to On Aging 2021 by September 30, 2020.

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On Aging Registration Rates
  ASA Member
(includes one-year Complimentary ASA Membership)
Register by December 31, 2020
Register on or after January 2, 2021

Please note: If you registered for ASA's 2020 Aging in America Conference, you will automatically receive a 25% discount on your On Aging 2021 registration at checkout.



What Will ASA’s Virtual Conference Look Like?

ASA will offer a full slate of sessions to give attendees a range of experiences, including small group discussions, highlighted sessions and plenary events. Participants will be able to attend fun networking programs and partake in conference experiences that encourage everyone to think differently, brainstorm together and create new opportunities in aging. We will use a virtual conference platform to support these efforts.

How do I log in to the Virtual Conference Platform?

Complete information on how to participate in the virtual conference will be sent to each registrant, and made available on our website early in 2021.

What is your cancellation or refund policy?

Written requests for refunds must be sent to the ASA Customer Service Department via email to For cancellation requests received:

  • Before December 31, 2020: You will receive a 75% refund of your conference registration fee.
  • January 1, 2021–February 28, 2021: You will receive a 50% refund of your conference registration fee.
  • After March 1, 2021: No refunds will be issued for any reason. 
  • The conference registration fee is non-refundable in the event of cancellation of the meeting due to circumstances beyond the control of ASA.
  • Payments for optional events are non-refundable.

(In lieu of a refund, substitutions are allowed for a $50 processing fee.)