06 June 2016 - 15 June 2016
Vienna, Austria

The demography of health and education

The Wittgenstein Centre (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU) is organizing a Summer School in conjunction with the 28th REVES Meeting. 

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© Alexander Mueller

For the first time, the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA,VID/OeAW,WU) is hosting a Summer School for international PhD students to acquaint them with the newest research on health and disability in the context of population ageing and familiarize them with the multi-dimensional methods for modelling population and human capital dynamics in a global perspective.

The Summer School will be held around the REVES Meeting 2016 with all selected candidates also taking part in the meeting. Since 1989, the International Network on Health Expectancies and the Disablement Process/Réseau Espérance de Vie en Santé (REVES) holds annual meetings to provide a platform for the exchange of recent research on conceptual frameworks, international comparisons, methods, trends determinants and disparities. Prominent international participants of the meeting will stay in Vienna for 1-2 more days and serve as lecturers for the Summer School in the two days preceding the conference and the three days following it. Among them are

  • Prof. Eileen Crimmins, Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California,
  • Prof. Carol Jagger, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing and Institute of Health & Society
  • Prof. Mark D. Hayward, Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Jean-Marie Robine, Research Director at INSERM
  • Prof. Yasuhiko Saito, Nihon University

In addition, senior scientists (Wolfgang Lutz, Jesus Crespo Cuaresma, Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz, Marc Luy, Warren Sanderson, Sergei Scherbov) and other research scholars from the Wittgenstein Centre (IIASA,VID/OeAW,WU) will give lectures on topics ranging from “redefining age and ageing” to “demographic methods of modelling educational attainment and human capital formation”.

From the World Population Program (POP), Orawan Prasitsiriphon and Martin Flatø will participate at the Summer School. Ms. Prasitsiriphon is a PhD Candidate at the College of Population Studies, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) and currently working with Sergei Scherbov on measuring aging based on disability, as part of the Re-aging project at IIASA.

Mr. Flatø is a PhD student in Demography at the University of Oslo (Norway) currently visiting IIASA on an IIASA-NRF scholarship. He participated at the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program and is ever since collaborating with Raya Muttarak at POP.


In the context of rapid population ageing in Europe and East Asia, increasing attention is given to significant challenges arising in terms of health differentials by age, sex, and level of education impacting future health care and funding requirements. This very timely topic lies right at the intersection of research in demography, public health, health economics and human capital analysis.

Event details:

Summer School on “The Demography of Health and Education”

Date: 6-15 June 2016

Location: Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna

Contact: Heike Barakat,

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Last edited: 19 May 2016


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