The Future of Ageing

December 15, 2016

University of Basel, Kollegienhaus, Aula 033


Source: World Health Organisation

According to the WHO, the number of people aged 60 and over is expected to double between 2000 and 2050. By then, projections estimate that the combined senior and geriatric population will have reached 2 billion. It is a fact: we are not getting any younger and neither are our societies! Almost every country in the world is – or will soon be – facing the situation of a “greying society”.

This topic relates to many aspects of the Education, Research and Innovation system and challenges are manifold in this regard, from the training of health care personnel to neurosciences research. However, this societal evolution also offers many opportunities: in the USA for example, the ageing baby-boomers’ generation is seen as one of the biggest market opportunities for start-ups. How will new technologies impact on the way we age? Is Switzerland investing enough into research and development to face the challenges?

Hosted by the University of Basel and inaugurated by State Secretary Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, the swissnexDay’16 will be devoted to exploring the future of ageing with a panel of distinguished experts. Interactive breakout sessions covering a variety of topics will be organised in the second part of the event. Furthermore,  two networking breaks will give participants the opportunity to connect with the swissnex representatives and the Science and Technology Counselors (STC), as well as with 250 representatives from Switzerland’s education, research and innovation community.

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Draft program

13.00: Registration
13.30: Welcome Words
14.00: Panel Discussion
15.15: Coffee break and networking
16.15: Breakout sessions
17.30-19.00: Apéro and networking

Read the blog!

Interested in learning more about Ageing society in science and innovation around the world? Find here a series of blog posts by the swissnex and Swiss Science and Technology Counselor (STC) network, offering global insights on this topic.

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