Aging and Society – How to Get Old Tomorrow

Public Lecture

New technologies and insights into the biology of aging, the “-omics revolution”, and quickly advancing possibilities to target and repair specific aging-associated genetic and epigenetic sequences make the promise of ever-higher human age seem to get in reach. But what if aging-associated mechanisms can soon be precisely targeted in order to allow increasing life expectancy to a level hitherto unknown to humankind? What will the implications be for society – in which generations living at the same time will suddenly double or triple? How will we ensure dignified aging, how will we have to shape our surroundings and structures in order to enable a just and lifeworthy society for all? In this public evening lecture more than 150 participants embarked on a journey into a society in which everyone will have the chance to live up to 250 years of age.

Prof. Dr. Matt Kaeberlein

Professor of Pathology, University of Washington; Co-Director of the Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging; Director, Healthy Aging and Longevity Research Institute (HaLo)

Prof. Dr. John Mollenkopf

Distinguished Professor, City University of New York Graduate Center; Director, Center for Urban Research; Chair, Public Policy Subfield in Political Science

Prof. Dr. Susanne Zank

Chair of Rehabilitative Gerontology at the University of Cologne; Director of the Center for Gerontological Special Education; Dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences; Member of the Board of Directors of ceres; President of the German Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics

moderated by

Prof. Dr. Christiane Woopen

Professor for Ethics and Theory of Medicine, University Hospital of Cologne; Executive Director of ceres, University of Cologne, Germany; Chair of the European Group on Ethics of Science and New Technologies

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
06:30 pm - 08:30 pm EST

German House
871 United Nations Plaza (First Ave. at 49th Street)
New York, NY