International symposium on „Active and Healthy Living and Ageing - medical, technological and societal challenges“

Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen

Dear Colleagues,

in May 2015 our new LebensPhasenHaus at the University of Tübingen will be solemnly opened. It is a house for research, teaching and demonstration - and the first of its kind in the German State of Baden-Württemberg. The LebensPhasenHaus is a cornerstone of the strategy of the city, county, region and the State of Baden-Württemberg: to foster technical and social innovations in order to tackle the challenges of demographic change. These solutions have to be developed together - through lively exchange, co-creation and collaboration of science and economy, government and society. Within the region and beyond - through close international collaboration.

Due to this opening ceremony of the LebensPhasenHaus we are organizing an international symposium on „Active and Healthy Living and Ageing - medical, technological and societal challenges“.

We cordially invite you to participate in the symposium and to discuss the challenges and chances for social and technical innovations for Active and Healthy Ageing and Living. The symposium will be organized by a interdisciplinary group of researchers here at the University of Tübingen on May 19th 2015. If you would like to participate, please register for this event here. The conference is free of charge. Registration deadline is extended to May 15.

The Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen is one of Europe‘s oldest universities. Several hundred years of history in the sciences and humanities have been written here. The University‘s history began in 1477 but Tübingen today remains a place of research and teaching, it is one of Germany‘s eleven universities in the top „Excellent“ class.

The University‘s Institutional Strategy is summarized in three words: „Research - relevance - responsibility!“ It suits very well to the topic of the symposium. Be part of this relevant and responsible international exchange of experiences, ideas and solutions.

We are looking very forward to welcoming you here in Tübingen.

Daniel Buhr, Gerhard W. Eschweiler and Udo Weimar

on behalf of the whole organizing committee

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Programme information

Time Programme Speaker / Member
09:00 - 09:30 Registration / Coffee
09:30 - 10:00 Welcome Speech Innovations of Active and
Healthy Ageing - Primary, Secondary and Tertiary user
Prof. Dr. Udo Weimar
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Eschweiler
Prof. Dr. Daniel Buhr
10:00 - 10:30 Innovations for Active and Healthy Ageing - Where
we are in Germany right now.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ursula Lehr
(BAGSO, Bonn)
10:30 - 11:00 Innovations for Active and Healthy Ageing

Challenges - Out of a Primary User's perspective
Prof. Dr. Heidrun Mollenkopf
(AGE Platform Europe)
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 12:00 Innovations for Active and Healthy Ageing

Challenges - Out of a Secondary and
Teritiary User's perspective
Prof. Dr. George Crooks
(NHS Scotland)
12:00 - 13:00 Innovations for Active and Healthy Ageing

Challenges - and Solutions
Dr. Ad van Berlo
(Smart Homes; Eindhoven, NL)

Dipl.-Ing. Rolf Kistler
(iHome, Luzern, CH)

Prof. Dr. Walter Maetzler
(UKT - University Hospital Tübingen)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Round-Table: What needs to be done?
Moderation: Mr Jon Dawson
(Jon Dawson Associates Policy and Research Consultants)
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ursula Lehr
(BAGSO, Bonn)

Andreas Schütze
(Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Families, Women and
Senior Citizens)

Ángela Bolufer de Gea
(European Commission, DG Health and Food Safety; Brussels)

Dr. Daniel Egloff
(State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), Bern, CH)

Marielle Swinkels
(Coral, Province Noord-Brabant, NL)
15:30 - 17:00 Coffee, Tea and Networking at the LebensPhasenHaus

Travel information

Conference venue

Tübingen is easily accessible:

By car: From Stuttgart via the B27 to Tübingen (~ 30min) from Munich in two hours via the A6, exit Stuttgart/Reutlingen, change to B27 Tübingen.

By train: Stuttgart main station offers direct railway connections to Tübingen (45min-1h) Timetable of the Deutsche Bahn (German rail).

By plane: Stuttgart airport (STR) is the closest to Tübingen. There are busses that take you directly from the airport to Tübingen. Please take the Airportsprinter (departs in front of Terminal 1 twice per hour and takes about 45 min to Tübingen) schedule here.

Taxi from the airport to Tübingen: about 70 Euro.

Old University Assembly Hall - "Alte Aula" Muenzgasse 30, 72070 Tübingen

From the Central Station Tübingen it is about a 10 min walk to the conference venue. Leave the Central Station Tübingen in right direction into the Europastraße / Europaplatz. Go straight on for 160 m. Then turn left on the Karlstraße and go straight over the Neckarbrücke. Follow the Neckargasse half left for 170 m. Go left on the "Holzmarkt" and find the Stiftskirche on the left. You ́ll find the "Alte Aula" on the left behind the Stiftskirche. Due to its location in the heart of Tübingen Old Town there is no parking space available at the conference venue. More Information about car parks: SWT parking info

Phone taxi headquarters in Tübingen: (+49) 7071/24302 or (+49) 7071/9209340


Gerontology at the Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen

Germany is an ageing society and it is not alone in this demographical trend. Demographic change is occuring in almost every developed country and this will lead to daunting challenges in the next decades. To meet these challenges, solutions from science, governments, the economy and citizens alike are needed in order to create new and innovative approaches. As fragmented approaches are unlikely to be successful, a trans-disciplinary solution is required that builds upon the foundations of natural, medical, social and behavioral sciences. Starting in 2006, scientists of the Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen have been working jointly across traditional faculty disciplines to promote a better understanding on this issue and to rise to the challenge of finding solutions to this growing problem. The interest group HELP (Helping the Elderly to enjoy Long comPlete lives) concentrates on exchanging ideas and expertise around the research complex of geriatric science at the Tuebingen University and the University Hospital. It is an open group that welcomes every societal group intererested in participating in this innovative process. Further information about the members of HELP, their activities and partners is provided on the following pages:


Institut für Politikwissenschaft
Melanchthonstr. 36

72074 Tübingen

Phone: +49 7071 29-72925
Email: wip[at]

Contact person: Stewart Gold

© The Symposium is organized by the HELP-Initiative, the Eberhard-Karls University and the University Hospital Tübingen.