Braunschweig Research Prize Awarded to Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger

October 23, 2014 The psychologist and aging researcher Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger is to receive the 2014 Braunschweig Research Prize. The prize is in recognition of the 55-year-old’s outstanding research work on the plasticity of the aging process and its consequences for demographic change. Staudinger is currently establishing globally unique interdisciplinary research centre at Columbia University: The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center.

In face of a society characterised by longevity, Ursula M. Staudinger researches the potentials of aging. She examines the interaction between productivity and aging and the development of life insight, life management and wisdom over the life span.

The Braunschweig Research Prize is awarded for outstanding interdisciplinary research work which intertwine science, business and society, explains Braunschweig’s Mayor Ulrich Markurth. “Demographic change is a topic which affects us all. We must react to the challenges which an aging society presents us with.” The prize-winner focusses her research on the topic of aging in a working environment. “It is important to Prof. Staudinger that employers recognise and promote the skills which older people have. This is a key issue for the future: will we succeed in integrating and recognising the skills and experience of older employees and harness these? It is therefore important to me that we honour the work of Prof. Staudinger with this Braunschweig Research Prize”, continued Markurth.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Hesselbach, President of Braunschweig Technical University added: “With Ursula M. Staudinger we recognise an internationally leading aging researcher.” Faced with the current demographic change, her research on the potentials of aging are a key issue for the future of how we live, work and educate. “As a development psychologist, she continuously seeks interdisciplinary links to neurosciences, social sciences and health sciences as well as to work and education research fields which are well represented in Braunschweig’s research institutions”, said Hesselbach.

Facts on the Braunschweig Research Prize The Braunschweig Research Prize recognises internationally outstanding interdisciplinary research results in technical, life and cultural sciences. A commitment to transfer and the utilisation of science in business and society is prerequisite for the nomination. The City of Braunschweig donates the 30,000 euros in prize money. The prize is awarded by the City of Braunschweig and the association ForschungRegion Braunschweig e. V. The Braunschweig Research Prize was first awarded in autumn 2007. More information on how to apply and on the selection committee for this award can be found at www.braunschweig.de/forschungspreis. Former prize-winners: Prof. Dr. Petra Schwille (2011), Dr. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg (2009), Prof. Dr. Sebastian Thrun (2007)

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