Denmark, Copenhagen

Interdisciplinary Aspects of Healthy Aging

when 4 July 2016 - 24 July 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 533

Population aging is one of the most important demographic events of the 21st century. For the first time, the elderly population will make up the larger part of our society and this will profoundly impact citizens and society, economically, politically and socially. 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.

Course leader

Professor Rudi Westendorp

Target group

The target audience is Master students, from any discipline, who have interests in aging research, and have good English skills. Bachelor and PhD students are also welcome to apply.

Course aim

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 objective will be achieved through a combination of lectures, interactive discussions and project work in which students will conduct aging research projects under the supervision of experienced researchers from the Center of Healthy Aging.

Students will carry out a research project in small groups under the supervision of the Center of Healthy Aging researchers. These projects span disciplines from molecular biology to the humanities. Hence, the projects will represent different scientific methods from: laboratory work, to statistics and qualitative analysis.

Different social activities and field trips also will be arranged.

At the end of the course participants will:

Gain foundational knowledge supporting that aging is a complex phenotype and its research necessitates integrating concepts from the humanities, social science, epidemiology, neurology, physiology, and molecular biology
Critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of aging research that has already been published
Gain hands on experience on reading and conducting research into aging and working in an interdisciplinary setting
Synthesize current knowledge and practical research experience in a short report and group presentation formatted according to the scientific grant application.

Fee info

EUR 533: EU/EAA citizens
EUR 833: Non-EU/EAA citizens


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