Denmark, Copenhagen

Alive and KICking – Innovative solutions to aging-related challenges

when 8 August 2016 - 19 August 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee EUR 800

Aging has been coined as one of the major societal challenges. The fact that we simply live longer, is in itself not a problem but rather a triumph. However, this unprecedented demographic change significantly affects individual life histories through an increased number of lifestyle related chronic diseases and cognitive impairments. These extra life years also have a massive imprint on the organization of welfare institutions and the financial sustainability of the welfare system. Thus, aging has for several years been one of the most important research areas from a biomedical, societal and humanistic perspective, prompting not only important new scientific knowledge, but also new ideas, concepts and technologies for innovative solutions of some of the core problems that individuals and societies are confronted with.

Course leader

Professor Rudi Westendorp

Target group

Students, who have obtained a bachelor degree from any discipline, have interests in aging, healthcare, welfare technology or innovation, and have good English skills are welcome to apply for this course.

Course aim

The online lectures provides the students with recent knowledge on, and for the purpose relevant, innovation and business theories and methods covering different environments for health innovation for elderly. The e-learning part of the summer school serves as background knowledge for the students to be able to develop innovations to health care related challenges in an elderly population.

On the on-site campus part the acquired knowledge will be applied to selected case-topics and put into practice. In an interdisciplinary setting the students will work intensively on a case and obtain knowledge on and practical experience with working on an innovation and a business case that supports healthy lives and active aging.

Fee info

EUR 800: EU/EAA citizens
EUR 1250: Non-EU/EAA citizens


Novo Nordisk International Talent Programme (NNITP) offers a scholarship to incoming students from IARU universities or from Harvard University.