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Photo: Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin

Sweit ageing - Swedish and Italian perspectives on ageing

Welcome to the first on-site Swetaly workshop in Gothenburg, June 13-15 2022!

We are planning an event full of inspiration and networking activities and we look very much forward to see you!

The purpose of this workshop is to strengthen and stimulate Swedish-Italian collaboration within ageing research, preferably with a multidisciplinary approach. You will get insights on the latest research results, opportunities to find collaboration partners, and information about joint funding opportunities. For early-career researchers, this is a chance to get an international experience and broaden the network of peers.

You will get:

  • Lots of networking
  • New contacts and collaborations
  • Stimulating talks
  • Poster presentations
  • Competition(s)
  • New contacts
  • Workshops
  • Inspiration for Swedish-Italian collaboration
  • Research funding advice
  • Sightseeing in Gothenburg
  • Party!

The workshop takes place at Conference Centre Wallenberg, Medicinaregatan 20 A, 413 90 Göteborg.

Each participating university is welcome to send up to five representatives to this workshop. University of Gothenburg covers the costs for planning and hosting the workshops, including meals during the workshop.
Note that each university should cover travel and accommodation themselves.

Please make a list with names, titles and email addresses of participants from your university and send it to Sarah Blichfeldt, at the latest April 15th

List of universities that have confirmed participation Swetaly.

1) Present your research

Each participant should be prepared to make a short (two minutes) presentation of research and collaboration ideas in the workshop sessions, in order to facilitate the formation of new joint projects.


2) Bring a poster

Present a poster of your research and increase your chances of finding new collaborations!

All participants are invited to present a poster about their research.

Poster preparation

  • Create a poster including results from a recent/ongoing/planned project/study/collaborations (you can use a poster that has been shown previously or create a new).
  • Format: Preferably landscape poster in A0 format 119x84cm
  • Prepare a short presentation about 3-5 minutes.  Posters will be exposed in the venue hall throughout the afternoon of June 13th and 14th. Researchers will be invited to present their posters as a single slide on June the 13th. 
  • There will be a quiz about the poster content in the afternoon on June the 13th (prepare by reading the posters on location)

How to register for the poster session

  • Submission link for the poster session will be distributed to all registered participants.

Career development for early-career researchers is a priority for the Swetaly university collaboration. We hope to see many early-career researchers at the Sweit Ageing event.

There is no fee for participation, and all meals during the event are included.

Travel and accommodation costs are the responsibility of each participating university.

Erasmus Staff Training grant

The Erasmus Staff Training grant provides the opportunity to apply for funding for a training period abroad related to your work duties.

What counts as staff training?
Job training in another Erasmus+ programme country in an area related to your own work tasks.
Activities include:
•    Job shadowing at a company, organization or higher educational institution in an Erasmus+ programme country
•    Staff Training Week
•    Courses
•    Seminars, workshops

During the mobility
•    The training must be a minimum of two days.
•    There is no minimum number of training hours, but a full schedule is expected.
•    The training cannot last for more than 60 days.

Get in touch with the Erasmus+ coordinator at your university to explore possibilities.

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Based on input from a large number of the participating universities, the ageing theme has been divided into broad sub-topics. These subtopics could be divided into more narrow topics depending on the number of registered participants and their research interests. The planning committee will continue to work on the format and content of the workshop and keep the stakeholders informed.

This topic covers the physical, psychological, and cognitive aspects of ageing, but also the role of different care services for health and well-being in later life. It deals with biological ageing, such as biochemical processes, chronic diseases, and frailty. It also covers age-related changes in psychological and cognitive health, including cognitive impairment, psychological distress, and adaptation.

The organization of health care services to promote quality of life in older ages is also a key topic. The aim is to find new areas of collaboration to advance our knowledge on how to improve the physical, psychological, and cognitive health of older adults.

This topic covers ageing in the digital world, but also technical tools for assistance. It includes technical assistance to improve individuals’ independence, for example robots in eldercare, sensor networks and smart devices integrated into a home environment. It also includes the use of VR for simulation and improvement of life quality, as well as accessibility to e-health care. As the population of the world is ageing, the number of people with diseases, such as dementia, will increase. For these individuals, AI technology has a great potential, for example in self-driving cars but also to assist in everyday-life.

This topic covers images and ideas of ageing in society, in time and place. Images of ageing is closely related to the concept of ageism, built on stereotypes and prejudice based on age, that might lead to discrimination. Ageist ideas, “the picture is our heads”, may affect researchers , decision-makers and individuals who might internalise limiting ideas of ageing. There is however,  also a countering trend of promoting images that expand the notion of ageing.

The topic deals with ideas of ageing through history, media and culture as well as ideas of ageing in legal and policy documents. The aim is to find new areas of collaborations to advance our knowledge on how to improve the lives of the older adults and promote intergenerational perspectives on ageing.

Ageing is a challenge but also an opportunity for the society. This topic deals with working-life, employments, pensions and the right to self-determination in life, such as “when to retire”, “how to live”, and elder- and healthcare. It also includes cumulative advantages and disadvantages, which highlights the effects of socioeconomic status, education, disease burden, and other advantages/disadvantages earlier in life can cumulate over the life course and cause increasing inequalities among older people. Politics and law are important tools to achieve changes in the society, and are thus covered by this topic.

Photo: Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin, from the exhibition Årsrika