ASC-ISAR – Interdisciplinary Seminars on Ageing Research 

At the Division of Ageing and Social Change (ASC), we organise the ASC-ISAR online seminar series which provides outstanding lectures on ageing of interdisciplinary significance for all those interested in ageing research.
Research on ageing is by nature interdisciplinary. Ageing is part of human life in general, but also socially constructed and influenced by many different factors, such as genes, lifestyle, social structure, welfare systems, technical development, health care, medicine, and economy. Many research areas are associated with ageing, although not considered as “ageing research”.

ASC-ISAR is a seminar series for everyone interested in research on ageing. Each academic year, we invite a limited number of guest speakers who are distinguished contributors to the proliferation of knowledge on issues related to ageing to present their works and perspective. 

ASC-ISAR provides a platform for ageing researchers and for anyone interested in ageing-related topics to attend lectures, meet, network and create collaborations.

All seminars are held in English and via Zoom.

Programme 2023

Ageism, ableism and older workers

by Mariska van der Horst, assistant professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
February 8, 13.15 CET

In this seminar, Mariska van der Horst will discuss recent and ongoing work on ageism and ableism as it relates to older workers. By disentangling various layers of ageism the aim is to get a better understanding of what ageism is, and how it affects older workers. Because many stereotypes about older people in general and older workers more specific are related to (perceived or expected) health and ability, the question becomes: if there were no ableism, how much ageism would older workers still experience? She will mainly draw on her research with professor Sarah Vickerstaff in their joint work on ageism and ableism funded by the ESRC (ES/S00551X/1), and also look ahead at ongoing work from the Supporting Healthy Ageing at Work (SHAW) project, which is led by professor Wendy Loretto and funded by the UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge Social, Behavioural and Design Research Programme, grant number (ES/V016148/1).


CANCELLED How to deal with staff shortages in an ageing labour market: the case of the Netherlands

by Joop Schippers, professor of Labour Economics at Utrecht University, The Netherlands
March 22, 13.15 CET


Intergenerational relationships, ageing and older people's wellbeing

Bruno Arpino, associate professor at University of Florence, Italy
May 10, 13.15 CET


Inequalities in prolongation of working life: the role of organisations and employers

Konrad Turek, researcher at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI - KNAW), University of Groningen, The Netherlands
June 21,  13.15 CET

Research on Ageing and Social Change

Previous seminars


Social and cognitive aspects of hearing loss in older adults
by Henrik Danielsson, professor and research director at the Disability Research Division, Linköping University (Sweden)

Cancelled, new date to be announced soon: European macro ageing policies and key questions
by Vitalija Gaucaite, former chief of the Population Unit of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

The challenges to guarantee sexual rights and sexual behavior in long-term care institutions for older people. 

Prof. Feliciano Villar Posada, University of Barcelona, Spain

Cross-national empirical evidence on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on informal carers in Europe. 

Dr. Giovanni Lamura, Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing, Italian National Institute for the Science on Ageing and Health (INRCA), Italy

Family Conflicts: Love and Hate around Inheritance and Gifts

Dr. Stephan Köppe, University College Dublin, Ireland

Exploring the relationship between critical life transitions in older age and multidimesional social exclusion. 

Prof. Kieran Walsh, Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, University of Galway, Ireland


Learning and dementia

Prof. Lars-Christer Hydén and Elias Ingebrand, Linköping University, Division Ageing and Social Change.

Ageing and Social Change (AGE) – Themes and concepts of a new international Master’s programme

Prof. Andreas Motel-Klingebiel and Dr. Indre Genelyte, Linköping University, Division of Ageing and Social Change.

Ageing and communication technologies

Prof. Loredana Ivan, University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania.

Aging and Digital Technology – Friends or Foes?

Dr. Stefan T. Kamin, Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU), Germany

Loneliness in older adults – research evidence and future directions

Prof. Dr. Lena Dahlberg, Dalarna University, Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University, Sweden

Using active ageing as a policy response to the challenges of ageing

Dr. Liam Foster, University of Sheffield, UK