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The VIU Summer Institute on Ageing offers a “state-of-the-art” program which will provide the students with a thorough understanding of the ageing process, ranging from recent advances of the medical and epidemiological literature, to an extensive treatment of the economic dimension (pensions and long term care) and of the sociological dimensions (intergenerational transfers, role of family networks). Special attention will be given to the use of large micro-data sets, such as SHARE (Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe) and sister surveys: the HRS, ELSA, TILDA, CHARLS

This edition of the VIU_Summer Institute will have a focus on Mental and Physical Disability


The VIU Summer Institute on ageing will:

  1. provide students and trainees with a thorough understanding of the ageing process, offering notions of the medical and epidemiological recent literature to the socio-economic advances in this research area
  2. enhance the multidisciplinary approach for researchers who work on ageing
  3. provide “hands on” experience on the micro data-sets
  4. increase the mobility and the interconnectivity of PhD students, researchers, teaching staff and policy makers, hence favouring the creation of research networks
  • participants will gain special insight into the recent advances of the ageing process from a theoretical and practical point of view and will be able to perform impact evaluation (e.g. health care costs);
  • participants will learn how to use the data in this area of research
  • participants will be offered the opportunity to share their ideas in a poster-sessions and during social events
  • participants will develop transversal competences based on a multidisciplinary approach. Specific training sessions, such as “revolving conversations”, will take place.
  • policy makers and people involved in public policy and public services will be able to learn how to connect issues between the health dimension of ageing and the socio-economic dimension of ageing.


The Summer Institute is addressed mainly to graduate and PhD students in social sciences (economics, sociology, demography, political science), to MDs particularly geriatrics, students in epidemiology, public health. Moreover, policy makers and high-level officials in public and private institutions will be admitted if their background is adequate

The Summer Institute will consist of three blocks of activities

1. Morning lectures from leading researchers addressing the most recent advances in the area. Presentations in the fields of biomedicine, geriatrics, genetics, epidemiology, patient care, psychiatry, as well as economics of ageing, pension economics and finance, health economics, public health, demography and sociology.

2 Hands on sessions in the afternoon.

Provides students a thorough presentation of the survey data on ageing available to the scientific community. The 2019VIU-Summer Institute will focus on datasets such as SHARE and sister surveys.

3. Poster sessions and revolving conversations

Students are invited to prepare a poster about their ongoing research: a paper they are working on or other preliminary work. Poster sessions are held typically around lunch-time: students will have the opportunity to discuss their own research with the senior scholars. Students are asked to take part to dedicated interactive sessions, such as “tutoring sessions”, aimed at discussing new research ideas.

James Banks, Manchester University, UK
Luigi Ferrucci, National Institute on Aging (NIA), USA
Howard Litwin, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, IL
Pierluigi Nicotera, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), DE
Stefania Maggi, Institute of Neuroscience, National Research Council of Italy, IT
Jürgen Maurer, University of Lausanne, CH
Jean-Pierre Michel, University of Geneva, CH
Giacomo Pasini, Ca’ Foscari University, IT
Guglielmo Weber, University of Padua, IT
Stephanie Stuck, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA), DE
Anja Leist, University of Luxemburg, L
Maarten Lindeboom, Free University of Amsterdam, NL