The 9th edition of the Summer Institute on Ageing was held in Venice, on Global Ageing: Low- and Middle-income Country Challenges from June 13-17, 2022. The VIU Scientific Coordinator for the program, Agar Brugiavini from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice & Venice International University (VIU) was supported by a strong steering committee, along with Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, National Research Council of Italy, University of Lausanne, and University of Padua as contributing member universities.
The program was a success with free interactions between students and senior researchers. The teaching shared insight into the recent advances of the ageing process from a theoretical and practical point of view, especially with regard to key ageing challenges in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), while also giving opportunity for participants to take part in “hands-on” sessions on how to use large data sets on ageing.
The participants represented all continents, and special scholarships were also awarded to LMIC students. The students were from a variety of academic backgrounds including graduates, PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in economics, statistics, social sciences and medicine, along with professionals active in the field of ageing.
The Summer Institute provides students and early-career researchers with a multidisciplinary and rigorous understanding of the ageing process, ranging from some basic notions of the medical and epidemiological literature, to key concepts in the economics and sociology of ageing. A special focus is the use of large micro-data sets from the international family of health and retirement studies (SHARE, HRS, ELSA, CHARLS, MHAS, etc.).