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.