Sustainable Aging - An online IARU course, 2021


What the course is about
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages are part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Population aging is a major demographic trend across world regions and brings with it complex opportunities as well as challenges for individuals, communities and societies. The current health crisis sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic and its toll in particular on older adults but also on healthcare systems and-, societal resources-, further makes it imperative to define and implement more sustainable approaches to aging.

What is sustainable aging, what shapes it, how do we move towards realizing the goal of healthy lives and well-being at old age for all irrespective of where we live, and what can we learn from taking a global, comparative approach to this phenomenon?

In this online course, leading researchers representing IARU universities give you their perspectives on sustainable aging, inspire you to do your own assessment based on your local context, and provide opportunities for exchanging insights and inspiration with fellow students across the world.

This course offers a series of introductory lectures on aging presented by renowned gerontologists within biology, medicine, public health, social sciences and humanities. The course spans five days, and will have a strong focus on facilitated discussions between presenter(s) and students.

How to participate in the course
The course if offered as an online course. Presentations are offered via live-streaming with input from participating students but are also recorded and offered as streams.

Students are given assignments after each lecture. Students will be divided into work groups depending on time zones. Review of assignments will be done via live streaming in a time slot most optimal for all international students and will be available for streaming afterwards.

Criteria for completion
Completion of course will be based on participation in group work.
Course is graded with a pass / non-pass grade. Upon completion an official course certificate will be issued.
No ECTS credits awarded.  (5 ECTS Suggested).

Course information
Online venue 
Date: 12 - 16 April, 2021

Course program
Central European Time (CET) / Central European Standard Time (GMT+1)

Course program

Register for the course

Registration deadline: 22 March, 2021, 23:59 CET. 

Course managers

Maria Kristiansen

Maria Kristiansen has a background in public health sciences. She is Associate Professor and Research Group Leader at the Department of Public Health and CEHA, University of Copenhagen. Her group conducts interdisciplinary and mix-methods research into person-centered healthcare for older adults. Email: 

Claus Desler

Claus Desler is a molecular biologist with speciality in aging and immuno-metabolism. He is Associate Professor at Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, CEHA at University of Copenhagen. Email:

If you have any questions please contact course secretary Ida Marie Bergman Rasmussen;