Woman by the sea
Photo: Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin, from the exhibition Årsrika

Programme Sweit ageing

On this page you will find the programme for June 13-15.

For those who want to view the event online: link to livestream.

Address: Conference Centre Wallenberg, Medicinaregatan 20A, 413 90 Gothenburg. Map

Getting there by public transport: Tram stop Sahlgrenska Huvudentré


Monday 13th of June

09:15 Coffee and registration

10:00 Opening speeches by Eva Wiberg, Vice-Chancellor, University of Gothenburg, and Maurizio Tira, Rector, University of Brescia and CRUI Head of Internationalisation 

10:15 Introduction to the workshop by Ingmar Skoog, MD, PhD, Professor, director of AgeCap, University of Gothenburg 

10:30 Body and mind in ageing – keynote by Laura Fratiglioni, MD, Senior Professor at Karolinska Institutet, former director of the Aging Research Center (ARC) 

11:00 The role of technology for older people – keynote by Lorenzo Chiari, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Bologna. "The Betrothed, or the multifaceted and troubled relationship between digital technologies and older people."

11:30 Lunch

12:30 The image of older people – keynote by Maria Edström, Associate professor, AgeCap & Department of Journalism, media & communication (JMG), University of Gothenburg. Divides presentation into two sections:

  • Research on images of ageing and older people 
  • Dissemination of research, example from AgeCap: The exhibitions Årsrika and No Limits.

13:00 The participation of older people in society – keynote by Carmelina Concilio, professor, University of Torino. What COVID Taught Us About Elderly People. 

13:30 Visit to poster exhibition, including quiz

14:00 The Margareta choir performs

14:30 Visit to poster exhibition, including quiz and coffee

15:00 Oral presentations in plenary

16:15 Walk to exhibition No Limits in central Gothenburg. A photography exhibition of elite international track and field athletes over the age of 60, who compete in championship events on the world stage, taken by British photographer Alex Rotas. About the No Limits exhibition

19:00 Dinner at restaurant OGBG, Skeppsbroplatsen 1, 411 21 Göteborg


Tuesday 14th of June

06:30 Morning walk in Gothenburg, guided by Theresa Westgård, AgeCap Greenhouse. Meet up in front of Comfort Hotel Stenpiren. Wear comfortable shoes for walking. The estimated distance is 5 kilometers.

09:00 Inspiring examples of Italian-Swedish collaboration. Moderated by Eleonor Kristoffersson, Professor, Örebro University.

  • Building a career by commuting between Italy and Sweden. Alessandra Marengoni, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Brescia.
  • Healthy aging perspective: a cooperation between Swedish and Italian lifestyles. Salvatore di Somma, Professor of Medicine, Director Telemedicine Programme, Department of Medical-Surgery Sciences and Translational Medicine, University La Sapienza Rome.

10:00 Coffee break

10:15 Body and mind in ageing. Presentations by Caterina Trevisan, Assistant Professor in Geriatrics, University of Ferrara and Davide Liborio Vetrano, Assistant Professor in Geriatric Medicine at the Aging Research Center of Karolinska Institutet.

11:15 The role of technology for older people. Presentations by Paolo CiampoliniFull Professor of Electronics at Engineering and Architecture Department, University of Parma and Bertil Lindenfalk, PhD Student and lecturer at The Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare

12:00 Lunch

13:00 The participation of older people in society. Presentations by Sergio Ginebri, Associate Professor in Economics, Università Roma Tre University, and Owasim Akram, Doctoral Student in Political Science, Örebro University. 

13:45 Panel discussion: Expanding our imagination – ideas and narratives about ageing. In this panel we will present current research about images of ageing and narratives about the ageing in society. Images of ageing is closely related to the concept of ageism, stereotypes and prejudice based on age, that might lead to discrimination. The panel will reflect how research might contribute to a better understanding of age and how this knowledge could expand ideas of ageing and improve the lives of the older adults.

Panelists: Lame Maatla Kenalemang-Palm, PhD, Örebro University, Arlind Reuter, post doc, Lund University, and Marco Accorinti, Professor, Roma Tre University (via link). The discussion is moderated by Maria Edström, Associate professor, AgeCap & Department of Journalism, media & communication (JMG), University of Gothenburg. 

14:45 Coffee break

15:10 Announcement: Quiz winner and best oral presentation award.

15:15 Launch of Swetaly mentor program

16:00 Seminar on application writing for early career researchers Joel Jakobsson, Research advisor, University of Gothenburg

18:00 Dinner at Lyktan Restaurant, at the conference venue.


Wednesday 15th of June

09:00 Workshops based on interests

  • The ageing motor system. Workshop organizer Marco Narici, University of Padova
  • Qualitative methods in care of older people. Workshop organizers Maria Engström and Annakarin Olsson, University of Gävle
  • Are we ready for this? Involving frail older people in research to improve healthcare services. Workshop organizer Qarin Lood, University of Gothenburg
  • Screening for frailty. Workshop organizer Theresa Westgård, University of Gothenburg

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Panel discussion: Multidisciplinary research. Advantages and disadvantages. Panelists tba. Panel discussion moderated by Ingmar Skoog, MD, PhD, Professor, director of AgeCap, University of Gothenburg. Panelists Marco Narici, University of Padua, Salvatore di Somma, La Sapienza University Rome, Samuel Engblom, State Secretary, Swedish Ministry of Education and Research

11:45 Wrap up and best poster award

12:00 Lunch

13:00 -> Networking and excursion to the nearby Archipelago