Project TIFS – Tübinger International Fall School on Facets of Aging

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Tübinger International Fall School on Facets of Aging
05/12/2016 to 05/12/2016
Abstract / short description:
Tübingen International Fall School 2016 is a joint venture of FORUM SCIENTIARUM and the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) at the University of Tübingen.

We grow older than ever before in human history: people born today can expect a lifespan greater than a century. But where the individual sees promises of a long life, our society faces a fundamental transition - and we are only beginning to perceive its effects. Moreover, old age is associated with worries and fears. So it comes as no surprise that the public discourse on aging is also a discourse of crisis. Science, art and philosophy are starting to make a convincing case that the process of aging can be adequately described, perhaps not only as a mere degeneration, but as a transformation. The organisms and their brains constantly adapt, allowing us not only to compensate age-related decline but also to draw on formerly unavailable capabilities. Society as a whole could put this specific potential in the ever-increasing number of elderly people to constructive use.

In this year's fall school we seek to open up the exchange between biological sciences and neuroscience, and insights from the humanities to explore these various facets of aging.

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Forum Scientiarum
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University of Tübingen

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