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VIU/LIVES Winter School - Life Course and Vulnerabilities

Mar 29

This is the sixth edition of the LIVES Winter School, the second organized by Venice International University and led by the two VIU member universities: the University of Lausanne and the University of Padua.

During an intensive one-week program, doctoral students and young researchers will work on various fields of Life Course research through a multidisciplinary approach (Sociology, Psychology, Social Psychology, Life-span Psychology, Social Demography and Social Policies) led by internationally renowned experts.

In particular, the Winter School will focus on training the participants in the drafting of research projects or journal articles as a fundamental aspect of the academic career they are approaching. With a “learning -by-doing” approach, participants will go through all stages of these drafting processes.

Who is it for?

The School first targets PhD students, but postdoc researchers can also apply.

Disciplines involved are Psychology, Sociology, Social Psychology, Life-span Psychology, Social Demography and Social Policy, Statistics and Socioeconomics, depending on the tutors and the workshop contents. The common topic of the workshops is vulnerability across the life course.


via VIU website from November 18, 2019 to January 6, 2020; admitted candidates will be notified by January 13, 2020.

The Program will admit up to 20 participants.

Thematic workshops:

1. Life course influences on educational disparities in health behaviours

Research on social health inequalities shows that, like many other health outcomes, health behaviours are distributed along a social gradient. To move beyond a transversal and individual approach to health behaviours, we propose to study them in late life through a life course perspective. Over the past two decades, this perspective has emphasised that health differences in adulthood and in old age are partly determined by exposure to biological and social factors at the start of life and at later sensitive periods of life. This workshops aims to assess the influence of life course misfortune on the association between educational achievement and health behaviours in old age and to examine variations in health behaviours in old age across cohorts, cross-national contexts and gender. It will focus on training the participants in the production of a journal article.

  • Claudine Burton-Jeangros, University of Geneva
  • Stéphane Cullati, University of Geneva & University of Fribourg
  • Stefan Sieber, University of Geneva

2. The impact of age-related stereotypes on (cognitive) ageing: myth or reality?

Compared to research on racism and sexism, age-related stereotypes, prejudices, and discrimination (i.e. ageism) have only recently attracted the interest of scientists. The available literature points to an impact of age-related stereotypes on older adults’ cognitive and physical health, well-being, and daily functioning, both in the short and the long term. This workshop will address a number of questions to better understand these issues, including: are these stereotype-based beliefs valid in the real world? Do these stereotypes really impact ageing trajectories as well as cognitive capacities and performances? What are the mechanisms underlying these effects? Can we limit the impact of age-related stereotypes on older adults’ quality of life? How can we measure this potential impact of age-related stereotypes, prejudices, and discrimination? Through the exploration of these research topics, the participants will be guided in acquiring basic practical skills that will help them to plan, navigate, and conduct a research project.

  • Christian Maggiori, HES-SO – University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland - School of Social work Fribourg
  • Erika Borella, School of Psychology, University of Padova


Certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the course.

ECTS credits equivalence: 2


Students of VIU member universities: € 400.
Students of LIVES Doctoral Program and its affiliated member universities: € 600.
Students of other universities € 800.
The fees will cover tuition, course materials, accommodation in single rooms at the VIU campus, breakfasts, some lunches and dinners, and social events.
VIU Alumni are eligible for a reduced fee.
Scholarships may be available to cover partially or fully the costs of the tuition fee and accommodation on campus.
PhD candidates and post-docs from universities in EU universities may be eligible for Erasmus+ mobility grant support. Candidates should consult the International Office in their own university for information about the calls for applications for funding. VIU will provide any supporting documentation requested for such applications. Contact VIU Erasmus office: erasmus [at]
Admitted candidates should pay the fee by January 20, 2020.

For further information:  summerschools [at]

Event information
29/03/2020 - 02/04/2020
Venice International University
Venice International University