ECMage/BLAST/lifetime CDT Joint meeting ‘Young Leaders in Interdisciplinary Ageing Science’

December 4, 2023

For all attendees – please see our final programme below:

ECMage BLAST lifetime CDT ‘Young Leaders in Interdisciplinary Ageing Science’ Conference Programme 31 January 2024

We are delighted to confirm further details of our next network meeting to be held on 31 January 2024.

The joint event commences at 10.30 am with registration on Wednesday 31 January and will comprise 10-minute presentations from ageing network members, along with a CDT student talk and two invited keynote talks:

Tissue engineering approaches to study how the aging extracellular matrix regulates vascular function
Professor Sharon Gerecht (Paul M. Gross Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, USA)

Technology towards large-scale mesenchymal stromal cell growth – targeting cell ageing
Professor Matthew Dalby (University of Glasgow, UK)

We will also facilitate a sandpit discussion focused on equality, diversity, and inclusivity during the afternoon session.

The event will take place at the Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre which is located on the University of Birmingham campus. The venue is two miles from Birmingham City Centre, with direct train routes to the University station. Information about the venue is available at and the Google map link can also be found here.  The lifetime CDT meeting will commence on 30th January through to the 1st February.

This joint meeting is free to attend, from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm on 31st January, Registration is here.  Registration closing date is 8 December 2023.  There are a limited number of places for the ageing networks at this event.  If over-subscribed we will select based on time of application, whether a talk/poster will be presented and on balancing diversity and expertise.

Please note: there is an optional evening reception, student-led quiz and dinner costing £67 plus hotel accommodation which we can book at a reduced price of £94, £161 in total.  Write to for details. We also offer a travel and childcare bursary for ECRs and returners.  Application form and details here


Call for abstracts

We invite abstracts for the 10 minute oral presentations (8 min plus 2 min) and posters.  Please forward your abstract (up to 300 words) to  by 8 December 2023 on topics relevant to any area of extracellular matrix ageing research and indicate which theme your talk might be most aligned to from the following:

  • ‘Mechanisms and Interventions’
  • ‘Advanced Technologies’
  • ‘Computational models’
  • ‘Tissue Engineering and Novel In Vitro Models’
  • ‘Biomaterials’
  • ‘Bioengineering’
  • ‘Chemical Biology’

Note that in the case of the last three categories, the technology/technique may not yet have been applied to extracellular matrix ageing, but must be applicable to it. You may also suggest a theme we have not covered. Please use the form here to submit your abstract.


Please contact Angela Cucchi at or Richard Hartley at (BLAST) if you have any questions.