IARU Sommer School 2015 – University of Copenhagen

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IARU Summer School 2015

Course Title

Interdisciplinary Aspects of Healthy Aging

Brief Course Description

Lower fertility, decreased infant mortality rate and better health care have given rise to the aging population – one of the most important demographic events of the 21st century. For the first time in history, the elderly population will make up the larger part of our society. It is evident that the shift towards an aging population has a profound economic, political and social impact in the society in all the countries affected. This course offers a unique opportunity for participants to gain new knowledge on how more people can live healthy lives and enjoy a robust old-age.

The course is designed for students who would like to gain diverse experience in the Aging research field. It focuses on interdisciplinary research projects, which reflects Center for Healthy Aging's diverse research projects and interdisciplinary nature.


The objective of this course is to explore how we could understand the ‘aging population’ phenomenon better, and how to prepare and deal with the impact it brings with it. Participants will gain good foundation knowledge and practical experience in the field of aging research. The aim is to give the students the exciting opportunity to learn and use research methods from other disciplines, and they can develop projects within the practical projects. The course combines lectures and project work, and the students will learn the basic research concepts and principles in diverse disciplines.

The lectures will cover basic knowledge in different aging research fields including: humanities, social science, public health, epidemiology, neurology, physiology and molecular biology. In addition, the lecture program will provide insights into transferable skills supporting product innovation, and business creation including examples from a local pharmaceutical company.

Students will form groups and carry out a research project under the supervision of CEHA researchers. These projects are examples of the research that contains shared interests across different research areas of aging research: Spanning from molecular biology to humanities. Hence, the projects will represent different scientific methods from: laboratory work, to statistics and qualitative analysis.

At the end of the course, the students will write a report about their findings/conclusions and present their report. The students will be closely supervised by the CEHA researchers during the course.

Start & End dates

7-26 July 2015

Assessment details

Each student must submit a report, on the last day of the course, of 10 pages describing the practical project she/he has carried out.

Active participation in the research projects and plenary discussion is a prerequisite for completing the written report.

Outcome of the course

5 ECTS points are given from this course. More importantly, the students will gain good foundation knowledge and practical experience in the field of aging research in various aspects including humanities, social science, epidemiology, neurology, physiology, and molecular biology. 

Practical Information

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The application period for IARU Summer School 2015 is expired.