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Ageing in Germany (Completed)

The workgroup "Ageing in Germany" dealt with the challenges and opportunities of such a demographic transformation at eight different conferences. The results were documented in eight material volumes in which the scientists came to the conclusion that by using the dynamics of this transformation, prosperity and welfare can be retained in society.

After three years of work, the working group "Aging in Germany" submitted their recommendations to Federal President Horst Köhler on March 26, 2009.  The project was initiated by the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and carried out together with the German Academy of Science and Engineering acatech.  It has been the largest interdisciplinary research project in Germany on the phenomenon of "an aging society" so far.


  • National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (responsibility)
  • German Academy of Science and Engineering - acatech
  • Jacobs Foundation

Spokespersons of the Working Group

  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kocka ML
  • Prof. Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger ML (Deputy Spokesperson)


  • Prof. Dr. Uschi Backes-Gellner
    Institute for Strategy and Business Economics, University of Zurich
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Baumert ML
    Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin and the Department of Educational Science and Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Becker
    Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Social Law, Munich and the Ludwig Maximilian University Law School, Munich
  • Prof. Dr. Axel Börsch-Supan ML
    Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging, University of Mannheim
  • Prof. Dr. Josef Ehmer
    Department of Social and Economic History, University of Vienna
  • Prof. Dr. Karl M. Einhäupl ML
    Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Otfried Höffe ML
    Department of Philosophy, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen
  • Prof. Dr. Reinhard F. Hüttl
    German Research Center for Geosciences, Potsdam
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Keil
    FRCP Institute for Epidemiology and Social Medicine, University of Münster and UNC Chapel Hill, Department of Epidemiology
  • Prof. Dr. Kurt Kochsiek ML
    Internal Medicine, University of Würzburg
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kocka ML
    Friedrich Meinecke Institute, Freie Universität Berlin and the Social Science Research Center Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Kohli
    Department of Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute, Florence
  • Prof. Dr. Ulman Lindenberger ML
    Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Müller
    Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development, Dresden und Chair of Spatial Development, Technische Universität Dresden
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Nehmer
    Department of Computer Science, University of Kaiserslautern
  • Prof. Dr. Jutta Schnitzer-Ungefug
    National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Halle
  • Prof. Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger ML
    Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development, Jacobs University Bremen
  • Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Steinhagen-Thiessen
    Interdisciplinary Metabolism Center, Charité-Universitätsmedizin, Berlin and Internal Medicine/Geriatrics, Universitätsklinikum Charité, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Gert G. Wagner
    German Institute for Economic Research, Berlin, Department of Economics and Management of the Technische Universität Berlin and Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Georg Wick ML
    Institute for Pathophysiology, Innsbruck Medical University


ML = (Member of the Leopoldina)

Standing Commitees and Pages on this Topic

Related Publications

More Years, More Life (2009)

<link de politikberatung wissenschaftliche-kommissionen demografischer-wandel veroeffentlichungen internallinkzeile>Publications of the Working Group „Ageing in Germany”

<link de politikberatung wissenschaftliche-kommissionen demografischer-wandel weiterfuehrende-literatur internallinkzeile>Further Literature on the Topic „Ageing in Germany”

Further Information

A detailed documentation of context and research findings may be read at the

Website of the Working Group "Ageing in Germany" (German)



Dr. Henning Steinicke

Scientific Officer, Department Science - Policy - Society

Phone 0345 - 47 239 - 864
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