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"I got a greater understanding of multidisciplinary research on ageing"

Klara Le Svensson (to the left) and Mariam Kirvalidze were two of the participants in the course.

Klara Le, PhD student Örebro University, was one of the participants in the course Gerontology – multidisciplinary and integrative perspectives on aging, organized by the University of Gothenburg.

Maria Edström held the first lecture during the course meeting about older people´s visibility in the media. Followed by Per Bjälkebring’s lecture on the Emotional aspect of aging. After lunch, we had two lectures  Biological Aging and Functional Aspects of Aging. The last session of the day was a discussion on the Mind maps we are working on for the examination.  
The second day began with a lecture concerning an international perspective on retirement age, followed by a lecture on work and retirement. The next lecture for the day was on Othering. Then we had lunch and after lunch, we had group discussions on the mind map.
Some highlights in the programme?
- Pär Bjälkebring´s and Owasim Akrams´ lectures. All the lectures were very informative, and they complemented each other to provide a multidisciplinary approach to aging.
What was especially interesting for you there, as an individual?

- I really enjoyed meeting other PhD students within the field of aging. The opportunity to meet other PhD students gives you a wider network and a greater understanding of multidisciplinary research.
In terms of content, Owasim Akram's lecture was very interesting to me. His theorizing is very inspiring. I also think that Per and Linn have been very welcoming and good hosts.
What is your personal research field?

- Social work and research concern sexuality in residential care.