Programme overview

We are delighted to host our 2022 Annual Conference in person at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) on Monday 5 September. Tickets are free for people living with dementia, their families and carers. Admission for all other attendees is £60 per person. Click here to register. The for this year's conference is 'Prevent, Care, Cure' - see below for a programme outline and click here for our Conference FAQs. 


Will be between 9-10am. For those arriving early, there will be a range of exhibitor stands to browse ahead of the opening plenary at 10am.

Opening plenary

As always, our conference will be opened by members of the Scottish Dementia Working Group (SDWG) and the National Dementia Carers Action Network (NDCAN). Alzheimer Scotland's Chief Executive Henry Simmons will deliver an opening presentation followed by a speech from Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care, Mr Kevin Stewart. There will then be a keynote speech from Dr. Donald Macaskill with the title 'Fairness is a right...dementia discrimination is the reality'

Main plenary session 1
'Protecting your brain health - preventing dementia'

Keynote speakers include:

  • Anna Borthwick - Executive Lead, Brain Health Scotland 
  • Joanna Crispell - Education Programme Coordinator, Brain Health Scotland 
  • Dr. Emma Russell - University of Glasgow

Alzheimer Scotland Conference Marketplace

This is your unique opportunity to 'build' your own conference within this two and a half hour window:

There will be a wide ranging and diverse selection of 30 minute symposium sessions. Attendees can choose 2 sessions to attend and you can find out more about them here

Exhibitions, poster display and networking
There is still an opportunity to display a stand or a poster, click here for details. 

Breakout sessions and therapeutic activities

Lunch will also be served within this Marketplace space 

Main plenary session 2

'Innovations in Care'

Keynote speakers include:

  • Jennifer Hall - Head of National Support Services, Alzheimer Scotland
  • Elaine Hunter - National Allied Health Professions Consultant, Alzheimer Scotland
  • Fiona Corner - Head of Development, Alzheimer Scotland
  • Yvonne Manson - Head of Dementia and Lifestyle Enhancement, Holmes Care Group

Main plenary session 3
'Progress towards a cure'

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. Tara Spiers Jones, University of Edinburgh

Closing remarks 

From Alzheimer Scotland's Chief Executive Henry Simmons