Tackling loneliness for a new era of connection is one of the world’s leading online conferences dedicated to tackling loneliness, bringing together leading researchers and practitioners to share the very best learning and understanding of different aspects of loneliness.

At a time of great change, with the issue of loneliness and its impact on the world never greater, we need to forge ahead and build a new era of connection. Tickets are still available for the 2nd February for £20 here, and you can access the conference live or play it back when you have time to catch up. 

Hear from expert panellists

We have designed the conference to raise awareness of and address the top themes facing policy makers, researchers, practitioners, and corporate responsibility and community agendas. We want to celebrate the people and organisations who are making a difference, showcasing innovative approaches to tackling loneliness from across the world. 

Throughout the day, you will hear from expert panellists on a range of topics including: young people and loneliness, workplace loneliness, loneliness and the built environment, and developing a place-based loneliness strategy.

Here’s just a sample of the sessions we’ve got planned: 

  • Loneliness and the lifecourse: How does loneliness vary over our lifetimes and between recent generations? How can analysis of UK cohort data advance our understanding? – Professor Praveetha Patalay (UCL, Centre for Longitudinal Studies)
  • Young people and loneliness: Research shows that young people are a group of concern in terms of their experience and feelings of loneliness. What is the latest research on youth loneliness and what practical work is being done?

         Professor Pamela Qualter (Manchester Institute of Education)
         Dr Claire Goodfellow (University of Glasgow)
         Professor Richard Phillips (Sheffield University)
         Kyra Haerkens (Join Us)
         Kevin Franks (Youth Focus North East)
  • How can we tackle loneliness in healthcare? How best can we support patients and healthcare professionals in the loneliness they face and what is the impact of getting loneliness support right? 

Craig Harrison (Carers NI Policy Unity)
Jon Wood (NHS Property Services)
Dr Rachel Wood (Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing)
Dr Michelle Lim (Ending Loneliness Together)

View the full agenda and book your ticket via our website 

Get involved in the discussion 

On the day of the conference, we will be hosting a session for the winners of the poster competition and we would like you to get involved. Do you have a question about their presentation? What would you like to learn more about in relation to their innovative approach to tackling loneliness? 

Email your questions in relation to each poster presentation to info@campaigntoendloneliness.org.uk and we’ll aim to put your questions to the panellists during the session. 

Winning entries

  • Samia Akhter-Khan, PhD Candidate, King’s College London. ‘A new understanding of loneliness: The Social Relationship Expectations Framework.’
  • Lyndsey Young, CEO & Founder, The Friendly Bench CIC. ‘The Friendly Bench Network – Connecting people, places and nature.’
  • Professor Christina Victor, Director of Research Institute, Brunel University London. ‘Social Health across the life course: a study of new ageing populations.’
  • Elizabeth Robinson, Research Officer, Bolton Clarke Research Institute. ‘Connecting Communities to Care: a local community approach to address loneliness and social isolation in older people.’
  • Georgia Wheadon, Business Development, Umii Technologies Ltd. ‘Combating Student Loneliness with Umii.’

A huge thank you to all submissions for this year’s poster competition. The judges were very impressed by the quality and thoughtfulness of this year’s submissions, and they had a very difficult time selecting the five winning entries. 

All entries will be accessible through the event website a week before the conference. 

A limited number of concessionary tickets are available for anyone who wants to come but is not able to afford this cost.  If this applies to you please email us at info@campaigntoendloneliness.org.uk