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Networking Events: Connect Online

The GSA Annual Scientific Meeting offers unrivaled opportunities to build your professional network by connecting and engaging with researchers, clinicians, educators, and other professionals from a wide range of disciplines. GSA 2021 offers multiple networking events, giving you the opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues and make new connections with peers in the aging field. Make the most of your meeting experience by participating in these exciting networking events we’re planning:

GSA Meet Up Room- Daily

Join the GSA Meet Up Room to access private break-out rooms for continued networking conversations that overflow from scientific sessions. GSA Staff are available for assistance.

Wednesday, November 10

New Member and First-Timer Orientation

Wednesday, November 10, 6:15 – 7:15 pm

New GSA members and first-time meeting attendees are invited to an interactive informational session with GSA leaders and staff. Meet new people and participate in small group discussions focused on navigating your first GSA meeting, tips for virtual networking, and learning about ways to make the most of your GSA membership and become actively engaged with the organization. 

Thursday, November 11

Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Networking

Thursday, November 11, 9:00 – 10:00 am ET

Join ESPO colleagues for an interactive and fun networking session. Connect in small groups and engage with a variety of other early-career meeting participants.

Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section Networking

Thursday, November 11, 2:00 – 3:15 pm ET

Join SRPP colleagues for an interactive and fun networking session. Connect in small groups and engage with a variety of colleagues. The recipient of the SRPP Student Poster Award will also be announced.

ESPO International Task Force Roundtable Informal Chat

Thursday, November 11, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

This informal chat aims to facilitate peer and intergenerational networking among international students and scholars with similar interests. During this informal chat, we will introduce our new peer mentoring program and discuss either any research or funding challenges and opportunities international students and scholars may have encountered in the past year. 

People & Pets Networking – Sponsored by the GSA Human-Animal Interaction Interest Group

Thursday, November 11, 6:30 – 7:00 pm ET

We’ve seen them in the background and heard them on calls. Now it’s time to invite your pet to the party and join us for the People & Pets Networking Hour hosted by GSA’s Human-Animal Interaction Interest Group. Normally we have to leave our companions at home during the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting, but now we can take advantage of a virtual gathering and finally meet all the animals we tell each other about. Birds, cats, dogs, hamsters, turtles – all pets welcomed. If your pet is camera shy or no longer with us, bring a photo. Aspiring pet owner? You’re welcome too! This fun, interactive networking hour will introduce you to other pet lovers who may be potential collaborators or mentors/mentees. It’s also a chance to reconnect with colleagues and friends we’ve missed. Who knows, maybe lifelong pet friendships will also develop!

ESPO Presidential Symposium Informal Chat

Thursday, November 11, 6:30 – 7:30 pm ET

This informal chat will allow ESPO members to engage in thoughtful discussions with Symposium presenters and will ideally serve as a nice complement to the more structured Symposium format.

Minority Issues in Gerontology Award Presentation and Networking Event

Thursday, November 11, 6:30 – 8:00 pm ET

Join the Minority Issues in Gerontology Advisory Panel to recognize the 2021 James Jackson Outstanding Mentorship Award given to an individual who has exemplified outstanding commitment and dedication to mentoring minority researchers in the field of aging. Join us as we honor the 2021 recipient, Robert J. Taylor, MSW, PhD, FGSA, of the University of Michigan, as well as the Minority Issues in Gerontology Student Poster Award recipient, Danielle McDuffie of the University of Alabama.

Friday, November 12

GSA Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Gerontology Advisory Panel- Open Meeting

Friday, November 12, 9:00am – 10:00am ET

Interested in humanities, arts, and cultural gerontology? Join the Advisory Panel for their annual open meeting to hear about accomplishments of the past year as well as plans and activities for 2022.

AGHE Networking Session

Friday, November 12, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Join AGHE colleagues for “AGHE Live!,” an interactive and fun networking session. Connect in small groups and engage with a variety of colleagues.  

Behavioral and Social Sciences Section Networking Session

Friday, November 12, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Please join us for informal discussions and fun at the Friday networking event on Zoom (2:00 – 3:00 pm ET). We will jump start conversation by inviting people to share sources of happiness and comfort in the time of COVID. Bring emblematic images, links, photos, to share with the group! We will have a special “Padlet” board to share images, links, and text. Account holders can post on their own or share items via the breakout room chat feature. You don’t have to use Padlet to participate—feel free to bring images to share through the chat function, or just enjoy the conversation. The Padlet board is already available and can be accessed here: or via this QR code.

Securing a Post-Doc/Internship (..and do I need to?) - ESPO Informal Chat

Friday, November 12, 5:45 – 6:45 pm ET

Still trying to figure out if the academic path is right for you? Want to boost your publications before going on the market? A post-doc position may be a good choice for you, but are you wondering to yourself “Do I really need to?” Join Dr. Francesca Falzarano for this ESPO informal chat addressing the post-doc transition, whether the move is right for you, and how to make the most out of your experience. 

GSA Fellows Networking Event

Friday, November 12, 6:00pm-7:00pm ET

Current GSA/AGHE fellows are invited to network with their colleagues and celebrate the 2021 class of fellows.

Minority Issues in Gerontology Concept Cocktail

Friday, November 12, 7:00pm-8:00pm ET

Join the Advisory Panel on Minority Issues in Gerontology for their annual concept event to have meaningful conversation about relevant issues in the field.

Saturday, November 13

Health Sciences Section Networking

Saturday, November 13, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Join HS colleagues for an interactive and fun networking session. Connect in small groups and engage with a variety of colleagues.


The Gerontological Society of America is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. GSA’s principal mission — and that of our 5,500 members — is to promote the study of aging and disseminate information to scientists, decision makers, and the general public. Founded in 1945, GSA is the driving force behind advancing innovation in aging — both domestically and internationally. Our members come from more than 50 countries. To further fulfill our mission, GSA assembles more than 3,500 professionals from around the world to an Annual Scientific Meeting. This monumental event now features more than 500 sessions each year. Additionally, we publish the field’s preeminent peer-reviewed journals.



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