Public Talk in Braunschweig

Upon the invitation of Braunschweig Zukunft GmbH and the Technical University Braunschweig (Germany) Ursula Staudinger held a public talk on demographic change and the potential of older employees on 15 September, 2015. In her keynote, she focused on the opportunities and challenges of an aging workforce for companies, highlighting that cognitive performance can be improved even in old age. “The aging of our parents and grandparents as well as our own ageing is not the same as the aging of our children. Human development changes within the biological boundaries of the lives we live and the social context,” she said in her speech. Read more

Age Boom Academy

Throughout the globe, apart from sub-Saharan Africa and East Timor, fertility rates are dropping, longevity is increasing, and the proportion of older adults in the population is steadily on the rise. This population transformation has been evident for over a decade, but its global effects have hardly been recognized other than in glib dismissals like “China’s growing old faster than it’s getting rich.” And myths about the transformation persist. Read more

Live Talk at Wisdom Research Forum

On May 8, Ursula Staudinger held a talk on “Improving Wisdom” at the Wisdom Research Forum in Chicago. Other speakers at this cross-disciplinary meeting, hosted by Howard C. Nusbaum at the University of Chicago, included Monika Ardelt, Judith Glück, Igor Grossmann, Valerie Tiberius and Amishi Jha. The diversity of meeting participants set fertile ground for engaging discussions about various approaches for studying and applying wisdom. Read more

Berlin Demography Forum

The „Berlin Demography Forum“ – a global platform for leading politicians, scientists, economists, and representatives of international organizations and civil society – took place for the fourth time in March 2015. Ursula Staudinger moderated the „International Scientific Panel“ with world leading demographic experts. The international scientists presented their current research and discussed the role of activity and participation in old age. Read more

Aging in Chile

Ursula Staudinger visited Chile at the beginning of January. Her visit took place in the framework of the project “When Does Retirement Optimize Health? Causal Effects of Retirement Timing on Health Outcomes and Healthy Behavior of Older Americans and Chileans”, financed by the Columbia-Chile Fund established by Columbia and Chile’s National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT). Read more

Live Talk at the Nobel Week Dialogue

At this year’s „Nobel Week Dialogue“ on 9 December, a selected group of Nobel laureates, world leading scientists as well as politicians and intellectuals discussed the implications of an aging world population. In her plenary contribution „Change and Growth – a Paradox?“ Ursula Staudinger spoke about the opportunities of societies of longer lives. Based on her research, she challenges the notion that aging and shrinking populations put an end to economic growth and innovation. Read more

Award Ceremony in Braunschweig

On 21 November, Braunschweig’s Mayor Ulrich Markurth presented the Braunschweig Research Prize 2014 to Ursula Staudinger at the award ceremony with 120 invited guests. Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil, Professor Jürgen Hesselbach, President of Braunschweig Technical University, and Professor Jörg Hacker, President of the German National Academy Leopoldina, honored her outstanding research on the plasticity of the aging process. Read more