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SWEAH is an interdisciplinary research school on ageing and health coordinated by Lund University.

The SWEAH graduate school contributes to the development of a new generation of researchers in ageing and health. 15 higher education institutions and Region Skåne are affiliated with the graduate school, which is coordinated by Lund University.

List with partner universities

Courses and collaboration

The graduate school offers interdisciplinary courses in ageing and health for affiliated PhD students. SWEAH also arranges several activities that help doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in their academic development and career. Examples of activities are student days, network meetings, conferences and educational assignments as well as courses for postdoctoral fellows.

Since the start in 2014, about ten doctoral students a year have joined the national graduate school. SWEAH recruits PhD students who can contribute to the development of interdisciplinary research in ageing and health.

The graduate school creates an environment that promotes creative and interdisciplinary collaboration between partner universities.

Interdisciplinary research

The doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows often have a background in medicine and health sciences. Behavioral sciences, humanities, law, demography, technology and architecture are examples of other areas of interest.

SWEAH supports the development of interdisciplinary research on ageing in relation to several diagnoses, such as neurodegenerative diseases, heart disease, stroke, mental illness, diabetes and cancer. The research takes the needs of older people into account. 

The graduate school is funded by the Swedish Research Council through a grant of 25 million SEK between 2014 and 2021. The graduate school is planning for a continuation from 2022 and onwards.


Susanne Iwarsson
Professor, coordinator
+46 46 222 19 40
susanne [dot] iwarsson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se