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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  Global Ageing, Vulnerability and 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.

Provide students a thorough presentation of the survey data on ageing available to the scientific community. The 2017 VIU-Summer Institute will focus on datasets such as SHARE, ELSA, TILDA, CHARLS.

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 will be held typically around lunch-time: students will have the opportunity to discuss their own research with the senior scholars. Studentswill be askedto take part to dedicated interactive sessions, such as “revolving conversations”, aimed at discussing new research ideas.

Vincenzo Atella, University of Rome Tor Vergata, IT
Lisa Berkman, Harvard University, USA
Amitabh Chandra, Harvard University, USA
Luigi Fontana, University of Brescia, IT and Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Arie Kapteyn, USC Dornsife, USA
Camille Lassale, University College London, UK
Jinkook Lee, University of Southern California, USA
Stefania Maggi, National Research Council, IT
Alberto Pilotto, Ente Ospedaliero Galliera Genova and University of Padua, IT
Luigi Pistaferri, Stanford University, USA
James P. Smith, RAND Corporation, USA
Dario Spini, University of Lausanne, CH
Andrew Steptoe, University College London, IT