VIU Summer Institute on Ageing

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The VIU Summer Institute on ageing is intended to deepen the understanding of the ageing process ranging from some basic notions of the medical and epidemiological literature, to an extensive treatment of economics (pensions and retirement, ageing in society and intergenerational relationships) and social sciences (role of family networks). Special attention will be devoted to ICT, "domotics" and "intelligent homes" as a way to cope with ageing.


Learning outcomes are of two types:


- participants will gain more insight into the recent advances of the ageing process from a theoretical and practical point of views and will also be able to evaluate the impact of these advances (e.g. health care costs);

- participants will take part into a "hands on" session that will teach them how to use the data behind the research effort in this area.


Participants will also develop transversal competences because the approach is multidisciplinary and those who have a specific economic or sociological background will know more about medical advances in ageing research as well as learning the specific language in which MDs deal with these issues. High level policy makers or officials who may also take part in this programme will be able to learn how to connect issues between the health dimension of ageing and the economic dimension of ageing.


2015 edition: June 8-12, 2015

Applications and schedule: forthcoming


2014 edition: June 3 - 7, 2014

2014 Applications closed (deadline May 16, 2014)

2014 edition Schedule


Lecturers affiliations:

Giuliano Avanzini: IRRCS Foundation, Neurological Institute Carlo Besta, Italy

Mauricio Avendano: London School of Economics, United Kingdom

Lisa Berkman: Harvard School of Public Health, Center for Population and Development Studies, USA

Axel Börsch-Supan: Munich Center for the Economics of Aging, Germany

Michael Hurd: RAND, Center for the Study of Aging, USA

Johan Mackenbach: Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Stefania Maggi: Institute of Neuroscience, National Research Council, Italy

Stelio Mangiameli: Institute for the Study of Regionalism, Federalism and Self-Government, National Research Council, Italy

Juergen Maurer: Juergen Maurer, Institute of Health Economics and Management, Switzerland

Francesco Paladin: Department of Neurology, S.S. Giovanni and Paolo Hospital, Venice, Italy

Alberto Pilotto: Geriatrics Unit Azienda ULSS 16, S. Antonio Hospital Padua, Italy

Tullio Pozzan: Institute of Neuroscience, National Research Council, Italy

Susann Rohwedder: RAND, Center for the Study of Aging, USA

Jonathan Skinner: The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, USA

Anna Tampieri: Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramics, National Research Council, Italy

Jim Vaupel: Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany


Past activities:

The first VIU Summer Institute on Ageing was held on June 7-13, 2013, in the San Servolo Island in Venice. Both lecture rooms and accommodations for students and professors were be provided at VIU.


Invited Speakers:


- Mauricio Avendano (London School of Economics, UK)

- Axel Börsch-Supan (Munich Center for the Economics of Aging, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy)

- Michael Hurd (RAND, Director of the Center for the Study on Aging, USA)

- Maarten Lindeboom (VU University, Amsterdam)

- Stefania Maggi (National Research Council and University of Padua, IT) 

- Josephine A. Mauskopf (RTI International, Vice President of Health Economics, RTI-HS)

- Susann Rohwedder (RAND, Center for the Study of Aging, USA)

- Anthony Webb (Center for Retirement Research of Boston College, USA)

- Joachim Winter (Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, DE)


Scientific Organization:


- Center for Retirement Research of Boston College, USA

- Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Dept. Economics, IT

- National Research Council (CNR), IT

- National Institute on Aging (NIA), USA

- Netspar, NL


- Venice International University, IT

- University of Padua, IT



Supported by: Netspar, SHARE-Italia, CSEF, ANIA and Projectland


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