Summer Institute on Ageing - Mental and Physical Disability

In 2019 the Summer Institute on Ageing will reach its 7th edition. The Summer Institute provides students and early-career researchers with a multidisciplinary and rigorous 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 of the sociological dimensions (intergenerational transfers, role of family networks). 
A special focus is the use of large micro-data sets, such as SHARE (Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe) and sister surveys (HRS, ELSA, CHARLS)

Who can apply?

Graduates, PhD students and post-doc scholars in economics, statistics, social sciences and medicine, but also to professionals in the pharmaceutical and ageing care industries.

Learning Outcomes

Double learning outcomes: on one hand, participants will gain more insight into the recent advances of the ageing process from a theoretical and practical point of views, and will be able to evaluate the impact of these advances (e.g. health care costs); on the other hand 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. Hence participants will gain both subject-related competence in handling large data sets on ageing, which do contain relevant information on health conditions, but also economic conditions. Finally, participants will be able to develop models which can predict the relevance of policies, such as reforms in the Long Term care dimension.

Program structure

The Summer Institute on ageing will consist of:

- Morning lectures from leading researchers addressing the most recent advances in this area. Presentations in the fields of biomedicine, geriatrics, genetics, epidemiology, patient care, psychiatry, as well as economics of ageing, pension economics and finance, health economics, public health, demography and sociology.
- Afternoon hands-on sessions,  providing students with a thorough presentation of the survey data on ageing available to the scientific community, focusing on datasets such as SHARE.
- Poster sessions and revolving conversations. Students are invited to prepare a poster about their ongoing research: a paper they are working on or other preliminary work. Poster sessions will be held typically around lunch-time: students will have the opportunity to discuss their own research with the senior scholars.
- Interactive sessions, such as “tutoring sessions”, aimed at giving participants the opportunity to discuss their own research ideas with senior speakers in individual or small group meetings. 

Organising Committee:

Agar Brugiavini, Stefania Maggi, Jürgen Maurer, Giacomo Pasini, Guglielmo Weber.

Contributing member universities

• Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
• National Research Council of Italy 
• University of Lausanne
• University of Padua

Contact and info:

Tel: (+39) 041 2719511

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Certifications & Titles

2 ECTS credits allocated. A Certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the course.

Study Options

Full Time


Regular fees: 200 - 600 EUR

International Fees : 200 - 600 EUR


Full fee: € 600 incl. VAT
Applicants from VIU member universities: € 200 incl. VAT

Scholarships may be available to cover part of the fee.

The fees will cover tuition, course materials, accommodation in shared rooms at the VIU campus, lunches in the VIU cafeteria and social events.



San Servolo island

Venice , Italy

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