About us

Issues of old age and ageing affect every individual, as well as society as a whole. They can’t be solved from any single perspective. The Institute on Ageing brings together a team of dedicated, experienced experts from a variety of disciplines who collaborate on pioneering research, continuing education and consulting services.

Organisation

The Institute on Ageing was established in 2012 and offers research, continuing education and consulting services in three themed focus areas. The Institute has a dedicated, interdisciplinary core team, supported by experts from other BFH organisations in line with the problem at hand.

Management

Prof Jonathan Bennett studied psychology at the University of Zurich (licentiate 1998, doctorate 2005). He has been working at Bern University of Applied Sciences since 2009, initially in the former division of social work, and since 2012 as a lecturer at the Institute on Ageing. He has been head of the Institute since 1 August 2016.

The Institute’s advisory board advises management on strategic matters and contributes to its visibility and interdisciplinary direction. It provides impetus for the advancement of research, consulting services and continuing education and establishes contacts with collaborative partners and partners in practice.

Advisory board members

  • Chantal Beyeler – adviser on pension and early retirement models, former Head of the Department of Predictive Modelling at Swiss Federal Railways (SBB)
  • Beat Bühlmann – member of the Luzern 60plus forum, the council of the Swiss Gerontology Society
  • Heinz Hänni – President of the Board of Directors at Domicil Holding AG, former CEO of Domicil Bern
  • Annemarie Kempf Schluchter – former Institutional Head of Pro Senectute Haus Reichenbach and former Member of the Grand Council of Bern
  • Andreas Kruse – Professor (chair) and Director of the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Heidelberg
  • Randolph Page – former Managing Director at Pro Senectute Region Bern
  • Pasqualina Perrig-Chiello – Emeritus Professor Institute of Psychology, University of Bern

We cultivate a broad, active expert network comprising universities, politics and professionals in the field domestically and abroad. Our long-standing partnership with Pro Senectute Switzerland and collaboration with the Swiss Society for Gerontology (SGG-SSG) are particularly significant.

Staff

The Senevita ‘Designing Lifestyles in Old Age’ endowment prize (Senevita-Förderpreis ‘Lebensgestaltung im Alter’)

Students from all subjects who are studying the topic of old age as part of a bachelor’s, consecutive master’s, DAS or MAS at Bern University of Applied Sciences, can enter for the Senevita Foundation prize. The prize is awarded for outstanding, innovative theses within the last two years. Its aim is to engage students’ interest in the topic of ‘Lifestyle design in old age’ and support knowledge transfer between research and practice.

The Senevita Foundation’s objective is to improve quality of life and accommodation in old age. It supports projects on issues relating to old age, living arrangements and lifestyles in old age and intergenerational relationships in Switzerland. The prize is organised and administered in collaboration with the Institute on Ageing.

Enter now.

Students who submitted their theses between 1 March 2017 and 31 December 2018, with a grade of at least 5.5, can enter for the prize. Entries are assessed on their academic character, innovation and transferability to practice.

  • 1st prize: CHF 3,000
  • 2nd prize: CHF 1,000
  • 3rd prize: CHF 1,000

Closing date: 31 January 2019

All theses must be submitted electronically with the appropriate form.

  • Entry form https://www.alter.bfh.ch/de/ueber_uns/foerderpreis/bewerbungsformular.html

Award ceremony

The award ceremony takes place at an event held at Senevita, where the prizewinners will give a short presentation about their work.