Philipp Lachenmann: DELPHI Rationale


Age Issues, Images of Age, and Intergenerational Equity

19.03.2014, Berlin | What does aging actually mean? This and other questions around the issue of aging and intergenerational equity are addressed by 13 scholarship students of the interdisciplinary Themenklasse (subject-focused course) on “Aging and Age” at Berlin’s Humboldt University. They have gained insights into the potential of old age, decision-making bodies that are committed to intergenerational equity, and the consequences of intervening into the aging process. These and other results will be presented to the public during a Symposium on Age Issues, Images of Age, and Intergenerational Equity on April 5, 2014 in an interactive lab atmosphere.

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About a year ago, the “Aging and Age” course was launched as part of the Germany Scholarships awarded by Berlin’s Humboldt University, in line with the focus of the 2013 Science Year on “The Demographic Opportunity.” Over the past year, thirteen students from such varied disciplines as biophysics, psychology, sports science, the social sciences, cultural studies, and the humanities have talked with different experts and gained many insights.

Consisting of four presentations, the symposium discusses research issues around the issues of age/aging and intergenerational equity that have emerged during the course of the Themenklasse. The contributions are scientific and interdisciplinary, but also experimental. Students have, for example, collaborated with a senior citizens drama group, produced a film, written an open letter, and investigated a breach of taboo. The students look forward to interested visitors of all ages who will participate in the discussions.

As part of its focus to promote young talents, the Ernst Schering Foundation has participated in the Germany Scholarship program of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research since the 2012 summer term. We are particularly interested in getting the students interested in the arts and the natural sciences beyond their own discipline. The pilot scheme of the Themenklasse provides young scholars and scientists at an early stage with insights into current research projects and gives them the opportunity to develop and present their own ideas.

Symposium on Age Issues, Images of Age, and Intergenerational Equity


3 to 7 p.m., followed by a film screening

Fritz Reuter Hall of Humboldt University of Berlin
Dorotheenstraße 24
10117 Berlin

Program as PDF


3:00 p.m.
Prof. Dr. Charlotte Klonk (Humboldt University),
Maria Conze (Humboldt-Universitäts-Gesellschaft),
and Dr. Sonja Kießling (Ernst Schering Foundation)

3:30 p.m.
Creative and Physical Potentials in Old Age
— Theater der Erfahrungen

4:25 p.m.
Cosmos and Entropy — A Short Film
With an introduction

5:15 p.m.
Intergenerational Equity in the German Ethics Council

6:25 p.m.
Images of Sexuality in Old Age —
an (Art)Historical Perspective on
Andreas Dresen’s Wolke 9 (Cloud Nine)


An experimental student symposium
of the Germany Scholarship Themenklasse on “Aging and Age”
and the Humboldt-Universitäts-Gesellschaft

Organized by Stefanie Gerke, M.A.,
Angela Hanswillemenke, and the Scholarship students
Christine Bödicker (psychology) and
Philipp Schneider (art and image history)

For more information, please contact the Ernst Schering Foundation at ++49 (0)30-20 62 29 60 or visit

Photo © Ernst Schering Foundation

Flyer as PDF


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