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“Healthy Aging”—Summer School of the Marsilius Kolleg

25 06 2009
Renowned speakers at the summer school of Heidelberg University’s Centre for Advanced Study (31 August to 11 September 2009)—Public lecture by Prof. Dr. Ursula Lehr in the Great Hall of the Old University on 1 September
With life expectancy increasing all the time, the subject of “healthy aging” takes on a new relevance both for individuals and for society in general. Avoiding health hazards in old age is not only an essential quality-of-life factor for senior citizens, it also has a massive impact on the social, economic and political development of society as a whole. The extent to which health problems in the later years can be traced back to genetic “fate”, risky individual behaviour or working and living conditions and the mutual influence these factors can have on one another is both a pressing social issue and a fascinating subject for academic research and inquiry. Heidelberg University’s Marsilius Kolleg is inviting thirty selected young scientists and scholars from all disciplines to discuss the topic “Healthy Aging – Individual and Societal Challenges” in the framework of its 2009 summer school.

The summer school is angled primarily at doctoral students working on dissertations revolving around aging as such and aging societies. Over 30 renowned speakers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Chile and Germany ensure that the discussion will be informed by the very latest research findings. A wide range of work formats, a variegated programme and highly congenial surroundings in Heidelberg’s Old Town provide ideal conditions for a lively interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and opinions. The summer school will take place at the International Science Forum, one of Heidelberg University’s conference and communication centres.

The organisation of the summer school lies with the members of a project entitled “Perspectives of Ageing in the Process of Social and Cultural Change” that is supported by the Marsilius Kolleg. The academic coordinators of the summer school are gerontopsychiatrist Johannes Schröder and sociologist Markus Pohlmann.

The Marsilius Kolleg is a centre for advanced study set up by Heidelberg University in the framework of the Initiative for Excellence. It is dedicated to cross-disciplinary basic research and sets out above all to promote exchange and cooperation between the various scholarly and scientific cultures existing within the University – life sciences, natural sciences, humanities, law and social sciences – and also with non-university research institutions associated with them.

In the framework of the summer school the well-known gerontologist and former federal minister Prof. Dr. Ursula Lehr will be giving a public lecture entitled “Demographic Change: Challenges for Local Government, Business and Trade”. Professor Lehr will be speaking at 7 p.m. on 1 September 2009, the venue is the Great Hall of the Old University, Grabengasse 1, 69117 Heidelberg. All those interested by the subject are very welcome to attend.

More information can be found on the home page of the Marsilius Kolleg:

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