The next IDEAR early career researcher training course will take place in Turku, Finland, 2021, the exact date will be announced later.

The course content will include the following:

  • Introduce common clinical measurements that are conducted in health examination studies (e.g. body composition, physical and cognitive performance, blood pressure),
  • Discuss what should be taken into account in planning and data analyses,
  • Familiarization with accelerometers, which are used to measure physical activity, sedentariness and sleep,
  • Introduce how neighborhood health effects can be examined using register data that can be linked to participants’ home addresses/zip codes.

Target group

Junior members of the IDEAR network, included in the Early Career Training Programme.

Ageing populations pose a number of challenges for societies. In response, governments of industrialized countries are attempting to raise retirement ages. To what extent working longer is healthy and desirable from the individual’s point of view is controversial, and the health effects of retirement versus continuing working may also differ as a result of work environment factors as well as aspects of people’s private lives. There are likely to be large health-related and occupational differences in people’s abilities to extend their working lives beyond what is normally required today. For these reasons, social and health inequalities among older people may increase as governments push up effective retirement ages.

This short course provided a critical introduction to some of the major research topics related to this issue and provided an opportunity to learn the essential skills needed to design a research project and successfully apply for funding from a major funding agency.

The course took place in Stockholm in September 2019.

Ten late-stage doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers participated in the course. These early career researchers had varied backgrounds in gerontology and epidemiology.

The course employed an experiential learning approach, encouraging the early career researchers to prepare project proposals in small groups under the guidance of an experienced mentor. The course provided a setting for the next generation of researchers in the IDEAR network to meet each other and develop their capacities for international collaboration and successful grant-writing.

Short lectures from subject specialists introduced the participants to the following topics:

  • Adult ageing and sleep
  • Ageing and retirement in terms of recent perspectives in cultural and critical gerontology
  • Measuring sleep with objective measures, e.g., actigraphs, polysomnography.



Sickness absence rates among over-65s have decreased in Sweden despite increasing work participation

May 14, 2018

Despite increasing work participation over recent decades, sickness absence rates among over-65s have decreased in Sweden. Two new studies carried out within the IDEAR consortium have investigated sickness absence rates among those in paid work over the age of 65 in Sweden, something not studied before, in any country. We used nationwide register data from […]

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Course – 14-16th November 2018: Using nationwide register data

April 25, 2018

The second course of the IDEAR Early Career Training Programme will take place in Stockholm, at the Karolinska Institutet, 14-16 November 2018. It will run over three intensive days, including Wednesday and Thursday evenings. We will start at 8:30 am on Wednesday, meaning that you will need to arrive in Stockholm on Tuesday 13 November. […]

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Course – 11th-13th March 2019 on causal inference: drawing causal conclusions from epidemiological studies

April 25, 2018

Causal inference is the ultimate goal of most epidemiological studies based on observational data. This course gives an applied introduction to modern methods of causal inference that may help answer casual questions. The course covers a general discussion on how to phrase causal questions and critically evaluate the underlying assumptions. The course will also provide […]

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Physically demanding & dangerous work associated with fewer years of life in good health

October 21, 2016

A new study carried out within the IDEAR consortium has demonstrated differences in healthy life expectancy in relation to a range of physical working conditions. Researchers followed 13393 men from the French GAZEL occupational cohort over several years. They examined whether strenuous and dangerous working conditions as well as night shift work were associated with […]

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Healthy lifestyles add life to years: New research shows that people aged 50-75 years who have a healthy lifestyle have more years in good health

September 13, 2016

An international study carried out within the IDEAR network has provided new evidence about the beneficial role of healthy lifestyles on aging. Researchers followed 74 000 people aged 50 and older from Finland, Sweden, England and France over several years. Between the ages of 50 and 75, people who did not smoke, who were physically active […]

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Determinants of healthy ageing in work and retirement: Preliminary findings presented at the ERA-AGE conference in London

August 19, 2016

On 10th November 2015, preliminary findings from the IDEAR network’s JCRA project ‘Retirement and Heathy Ageing: Determinants of healthy ageing in work and retirement’ were presented at the ERA-AGE conference in London, along with findings from other related projects across Europe and in Canada. This was the first time that data on socioeconomic differences in […]

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Register for the May 2015 workshop

April 9, 2015

Invitations to the May workshop has been sent out to all invitees. If you would like to attend the workshop in Stockholm May 17-19, please register ASAP.

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Register for the BRICKS Horizon 2020 Meeting 2014

November 13, 2013

Registration for the BRICKS Horizon 2020 Meeting is now open. The maximum number of attendees is 25 persons, registration is on first come, first served basis. More information and registration is available at this link.

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