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Leopoldina presents report on the future of ageing and life course research in Germany


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Which type of research can help us to address the challenges of an extended lifespan and demographic change? This question is the focus of the Report on Tomorrow's Science "Ageing and the Life Course. Research for Longer Lives" by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. The report provides an interdisciplinary overview of topics and funding in this field of research. We cordially invite you to the presentation of the Report on Tomorrow's Science on Wednesday, December 16, and appreciate an announcement of this date in your medium.

Online Presentation Report on Tomorrow's Science
"Ageing and the Life Course. Research for Longer Lives"
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
in German language 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. CET
in English language 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. CET
Please register for the event in advance (see below).

In the Report on Tomorrow's Science, the authors make recommendations on how the advancement of research on ageing in Germany can be further improved. They have also identified challenges for research on ageing and life course arising from the COVID-19 pandemic which are outlined in a supplement to the report. Last but not least, the experts describe Germany's performance in this scientific field in comparison to other countries with substantial research output.

The following authors of the report will speak at the event:

  • Professor Josef Ehmer, Department of Economic and Social History, University of Vienna, Austria; International Research Center "Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History", Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Germany
  • Professor Alexia Fuernkranz-Prskawetz (Leopoldina member), Institute of Statistics and Mathematical Methods in Economics, Vienna University of Technology, Austria; Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, Vienna, Austria
  • Professor Gerd Kempermann (Lead), German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases Dresden; Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden, Dresden University of Technology, Germany
  • Professor Karl Ulrich Mayer (Leopoldina member), Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany; Yale University, New Haven, USA
  • Professor Cornel Sieber, Institute for Biomedicine of Ageing, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany
  • Professor Johannes Siegrist, Institute for Medical Sociology, Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany
  • Professor Ursula M. Staudinger (Leopoldina member, Spokeswoman Leopoldina Standing Committee Demographic Change, Lead), Dresden University of Technology, Germany


Further information can be found at:

Following the online presentation, the statement will be available from the Leopoldina website:

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About the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

As the German National Academy of Sciences, the Leopoldina provides independent science-based policy advice on matters relevant to society. To this end, the Academy develops interdisciplinary statements based on scientific findings. In these publications, options for action are outlined; making decisions, however, is the responsibility of democratically legitimized politicians. The experts who prepare the statements work in a voluntary and unbiased manner. The Leopoldina represents the German scientific community in the international academy dialogue. This includes advising the annual summits of Heads of State and Government of the G7 and G20 countries. With 1,600 members from more than 30 countries, the Leopoldina combines expertise from almost all research areas. Founded in 1652, it was appointed the National Academy of Sciences of Germany in 2008. The Leopoldina is committed to the common good.

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