The Centre for Death and Society (CDAS) was established in 2005 and provides an environment for those interested in death studies to learn from each other and share their research and experience. At a time of growing interest in and concern for issues of mortality, CDAS aims to be at the heart of the national and international debate and networks – achieved through media engagement and a monthly e-newsletter. Seminars and an annual conference engage researchers, practitioners and the public in exploring contemporary issues. CDAS undertakes academic research as well as research commissioned by the government, charities and businesses with concern for end-of-life issues. CDAS also gives independent non-partisan policy advice to government and its departments and promotes co-operation between organisations that deal with end-of-life issues, acting as a communication gateway to others working in this field. The website includes links to the InConversations series of conversations between staff members and experts and practitioners from the field of death studies.