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Spring school 2015
"Long live the active!? A critical perspective on active ageing"

University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, March 23-25, 2015

Increases in life expectancy and growing older populations have given rise to a greater interest in old age and aging. In Europe the part of the population aged 65+ is projected to reach 30 percent by 2060, and the number of adults over 80 years of age is projected to triple (Eurostat, 2008). This development has far-reaching consequences for the sustainability of pension schemes and health care utilization costs for citizens of Europe and for European societies. The EU therefore launched the year 2012 as the "European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations", to raise awareness of the contribution that older people make to society. It seeks to encourage policymakers and relevant stakeholders at all levels to take action with the aim of creating better opportunities for active ageing and strengthening solidarity between generations.

The PhD Workshop
The Research Network on Ageing in Europe therefore developed a workshop for PhD students and early career researchers to present and discuss their work with relevant senior scholars and fellow students in this field. The aim of this spring school will be to critically reflect on the field of "Active Ageing" in general respectively its outcomes and prospects. Presentations by PhD students and lectures by seniors researchers are organized around five subthemes; retirement, social policy and demographics, active aging, resilience and critical perspectives on active aging.

  • Retirement: Prof Dr Dirk Hofaecker, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • An index for Active aging: Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi, University of Southampton, UK
  • Resilience: Dr. Martijn Huisman, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Critical perspectives on active ageing: Prof Dr Christopher Phillipson,
      University of Manchester, UK
  • Social Policy & Demographics: Prof. Gerhard Naegele, Dortmund, Germany

  • During the workshop, senior researchers will present their latest insights in their specific field of interest. PhD-students and post docs in sociology, social policy and related social sciences will present and discuss their work, and receive feedback from the senior researchers and other participants.

  • Programme of the event
  • Abstracts of the presentations

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