IARU Summer School 2018 – University of Copenhagen

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IARU Summer School 2018

Interdisciplinary Aspects of Healthy Aging

Recent years have seen increasing interest in understanding healthy aging, the ability of the individual to maintain sufficient physical, mental and social energy to live active and meaningful lives. The course will focus on exploring the aging phenomena through an interdisciplinary lens.

Course Structure and Teaching MethodsTil toppen

The objective of this course is to gain interdisciplinary knowledge and research experience in the field of aging to better understand how people can live more energetic lives and enjoy a robust older age. The following sub objectives will be achieved over three weeks from 2-20 July 2018.

Week one: The main objective in week one is to provide knowledge on the interdisciplinary nature of the aging phenotype and how to evaluate the strengths and limitations of such research.

Week two: The objectives of week two are to bring the students closer to the scientific research process and to give the students the opportunity to design an interdisciplinary research project.

Week three: The objective in week three is to assist the students in exploring how interdisciplinary research projects are defined and evaluated. Within interdisciplinary student groups, students will write a grant proposal which they will present and defend in a mock grant trial at the end of the third week. Individual written reports based on the grant proposals will be submitted for evaluation on a pass/fail basis at the end of the course.

Brief Course Overview (pdf)

Different social activities and field trips also will be arranged during the three weeks course.

Download the course schedule from 2017 to get an idea of the structure of the course.

TeachersTil toppen

Among others:
Professor Rudi Westendorp, UCPH
Post Doc Jolene Lee Masters Pedersen, UCPH
Assistant Professor Maarten Rozing, UCPH
Professor George Leeson, Oxford University

Credits and Examination FormTil toppen

Credits: 5 ECTS

Examination Form:

  • Course participation
  • Written examination

Course participation: Active participation (80 % attendance) in the course incl. an oral group presentation (defense of the research proposal) and critical evaluation of presentations of peers. Active participation in the research projects, the interdisciplinary work and the oral presentation is a prerequisite for writing the report.

Written examination: Written grant application, handed in individually.

ParticipantsTil toppen

Students who have obtained a bachelor degree from any discipline, have interests in aging research, and have good English skills are welcome to apply for this course. Bachelor students in their 3rd or 4th year are welcome to apply.

Application ProcedureTil toppen

The deadline for this course is 1 April 2018.

Tuition FeeTil toppen

Participants exempted from payment:

Fee paying participants:
All other participants (students, working professionals, etc.) must pay tuition fee according to the information below.

  • EU/EEA citizens 4.000 DKK
  • Non-EU/EEA citizens 6.250 DKK

The fee covers participation in the course. It does not cover course materials, travel, accommodation and living expenses during the course. Full payment of course fees must be transferred in May 2018. Payment details will be forwarded upon acceptance.

Refund PolicyTil toppen

You can only get a refund of your tuition fee, if you cancel at least two months prior to the beginning of the course.

Contact InformationTil toppen

Course secretaries: Pia Nygaard / Hanne Kracht: HealthyAging@sund.ku.dk

Course responsible: Post Doc Jolene LM Pedersen and Assistant Professor Maarten Rozing, Department of Public Health. 

Additional informationTil toppen

For more details about the course, please read the course descriptions in UCPH's course database.

For more information about Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.


Please note that the summer courses are non-residential. Participants are responsible for finding and funding accommodation during their stay in Copenhagen.

You can use different online portals to search for accommodation, such as:

Copenhagen has an international airport, and the city centre can be reached within 30 minutes. If you want additional information read Arriving in Copenhagen.

Living in CopenhagenTil toppen

Copenhagen, the royal capital of Denmark, is one of Europe's oldest capitals. The safe atmosphere, well-developed infrastructure, low level of pollution and the many cultural events all contribute to making Copenhagen one of the most liveable cities in the world, and we hope you will feel welcome.

For additional information about living in Copenhagen and studying at UCPH, please visit the website for International students at UCPH.