Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger is a psychologist and aging researcher. She is one of the leading lifespan psychologists and is known for her work on the positive plasticity of aging (cognition, personality) as well as her research on resilience and on wisdom. Recently she has conducted groundbreaking studies to better understand the effects of work on aging. She considers population aging as one the crucial trends of the 21st century that requires multidisciplinary efforts in research and fast translational efforts to support essential societal transformations.
She is recipient of the Braunschweig Research Award 2015 and of the Seneca Medal 2017. She is Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and of Psychology at Columbia University and the Founding Director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center. Before, she was the Founding Dean of the Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development at Jacobs University Bremen. She started her career as a Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. She was Vice President and Foreign Secretary of the German National Academy of Sciences (2007-2017) and is Chair of the Board of the German Institute of Population Research.
She is a member of the Academia Europaea and an Associate Member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America GSA, the American Psychological Association APA, and the Association of Psychological Science APS. She has been advising the German and the Singaporean government on questions of population aging.
What do you think are the most exciting present and future developments in your field of aging research?
The increasing interdisciplinarity which has become possible due to more affordable assessment methods on the biological end and the existence of more cohort comparative longitudinal studies which can be harmonized across countries as well as new data analytic techniques.
24NKG is a multidisciplinary conference where the participants have the opportunity to broaden their perspective beyond the themes of their own immediate research areas. How would you like to motivate participants from the other fields of research to attend your lecture?
The future of cognitive aging will be different from the present and the past. If you want to find out how and why come and listen to my talk.
In your mind, how can the Nordic Congress contribute to aging research in general? What do you expect from 24NKG?
By providing a platform for aging researchers from very different disciplinary backgrounds and countries to meet and learn from each other. Create awareness about available data sets, new assessment methods and analytic trends.