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Networking was an essential function of SPARC. However, the stakeholders in ageing research, ranging from researchers through policy makers and service providers to older people and their carers are many and varied. If these are to be reached then the modes of networking and styles of dissemination also have to vary.

SPARC pursued a vigorous programme of public research orientated workshops, showcasing ageing research supported by the Research Councils and other agencies. It held expert meetings, at times engaging leading authorities from overseas, and it took every opportunity available to make the case for the contribution which ageing research is making and can make in the future to improving the quality of life of older people.



SPARC & KT-EQUAL Workshops

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Latest Executive Summaries and Monographs

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The SPARC Story

Welcome to SPARC and KT-EQUAL: Knowledge Transfer for Extending Quality Life

SPARC brings together researchers, practitioners and policy makers in ageing. It specialises in communicating the latest design, engineering and biological ageing-related research to all stakeholders, making the case about the benefits for an ageing population of scientific research, and it encourages new blood into ageing research. Although funding for SPARC ended in December 2008, SPARC is continuing to function from the University of Reading within a new initiative - KT-EQUAL which commenced in January 2009. Soon KT-EQUAL will have its own website but for the time being news and information about SPARC and KT-EQUAL events are being handled by the SPARC website.

SPARC Mission Statement

Supporting Older People by
Putting Research into Practice and
Actively Promoting Needs and Solutions through
Research Leadership and


BBSRC - Biotechnological and Biological Sciences Research Council EPSRC - Engineering and Phsyical Sciences Research Council