Master Class



Master Class Course in Gerontology and Geriatrics:

“Portraying Old Age and Ageing to Counteract Ageism”

May 22 – 26, 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden

A multidisciplinary Master Class course for PhD students and postdocs will be offered in connection with the 9th Congress of IAGG-ER – European Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, in Gothenburg, Sweden. The theme for the Master Class is “Portraying Old Age and Ageing to Counteract Ageism” and emphasizes how knowledge based on gerontological and geriatric research can challenge age stereotypes, misconceptions and ageism.

The Master Class is open to up to 25 PhD students and postdocs from all disciplines (from biology, medicine and health sciences to behavioral, social and cultural gerontology, etc.), from Europe and other continents. The overall learning outcome is to foster critical thinking about how ageing research in general and own research in particular contribute to various portrayals of ageing and older adults.

Format of the class will include 1) a pre-conference session, 2) attendance at designated symposia particularly focusing on ageism, 3) attendance at sessions within the participants’ own research interest, and 4) a post congress session.

Learning will be integrated throughout the Master Class sessions and conference, enhanced by guided mentoring from senior scholars.

Upon completion of the course, participants will

  • have gained insight into current research approaches and research findings on age stereotypes and ageism
  • be able to relate their own scientific projects to the portrayals of ageing it produces
  • be able to distinguish culturally diverse perspectives of age stereotypes and ageism
  • be able to critically reflect on potentials for non-ageist, scientifically based portrayals of ageing

Funding is available on a competitive basis for applicants to the master class. Application forms and program details can be found here >> Application deadline January 14th, 2019.

The Master Class is organized and sponsored by the Centre for Ageing and Health (AgeCap) at the University of Gothenburg; the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics-European Region (IAGG-ER); the Nordic Gerontology Federation (NGF); the Swedish National Graduate School for Competitive Science on Ageing and Health (SWEAH); the IAGG Global Social Issues on Ageing (GSIA); and the MIRAI project/Ageing.