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.


Upcoming seminars 2024

Moving towards a sociology of loneliness: the impact of societal change for generational divides

Presenter: Bianca Suanet, Associate Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Date and Time: February 14, 13:15 CET

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Abstract: In recent decades, significant societal transformations, notably the rise of individualization and digitalization, have profoundly influenced the experiences of loneliness and social connectivity among older adults. While existing research has predominantly concentrated on individual resources as explanatory factors for loneliness, there has been a notable dearth of attention given to meso and macro-level determinants crucial for comprehending loneliness in contemporary society.

This presentation seeks to illuminate the impact of societal changes on loneliness and social networks, drawing upon data from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA) and the Berlin Ageing Studies (BASE). By showcasing examples of generational disparities in loneliness, these findings underscore the intricate interplay between individual and societal characteristics in unraveling the complexities of loneliness throughout the life course.

This shift in focus from solely individual factors to a broader sociological perspective offers a more complete understanding of loneliness, shedding light on the dynamic relationship between personal attributes and the larger societal context.



Presenter: Dr. Oliver Huxhold, German Centre of Gerontology, Germany

Date and Time: 20 mars, 13:15 CET

Abstract: TBA

TBA (…skills development for older workers and labor market attachment…)

Presenter: Karina Glies Vincents Seeberg, The National Research Center for the Working Environment, Denmark

Date and Time: 22 maj, 13:15 CET

Abstract: TBA


The impact of living in more or less age diverse neighbourhoods on the health and well-being of older adults in the UK

Presenter: Martin Hyde, Professor, University of Leicester, the UK

Date and Time: 5 juni, 13:15 CET

Abstract: TBA

Implemented seminars

Care and support needs of older LGBT people. The relevance of social networks and family of choice connections

Presenter: Prof. Dr. Ralf Lottmann, University of Applied Science Magdeburg-Stendal, Germany

Date and time: January 10 2024, 13:15 CET

AbstractThis presentation is based on findings of several research projects, which synthesizes data from research projects conducted in Germany and the UK concerning older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* (LGBT*) people and their housing and care preferences (GLEPA, SAFE, and PflewaK). Social networks of older LGBT* people are less shaped by relationships of family of origin compared to heterosexuals. Research has also shown that they are more dependent on long-term care infrastructures but describe feelings of discomfort in their use of these older adult social services because of institutional heterosexism. This presentation focuses on the questions of how reliable social networks of older LGBT* people are regarding social support and care in old age and in what way long-term care infrastructure provides sufficient services for older LGBT people. This presentation will discuss relevant factors of older LGBT* people and their social networks as well as the quality of data sets that can be used to analyse the life situations of older LGBTI* people in Germany.


Research on Ageing and Social Change

Previous seminars


Exploring the Path to Healthcare Policy Success: Insights from Shanghai's Cognitive Impairment Friendly Community Initiatives
Honglin Chen, Professor, University of Eastern Finland, Finland

Inequalities in Extending Working Life: The Role of Organisations and Employers
Konrad Turek, Assistant Professor, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Digitalization and Intergenerational Relationships
Bruno Arpino, associated professor at the University of Florence, Italy.

Ageism, ableism and older workers
Mariska van der Horst, assistant professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam



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