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Organising Institutions

ICOH Scientific Committee

„Aging and Work“

Dept. of Occup Health Science, University of Wuppertal, Germany

Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany

Dr. Wenke Apt

VDI/VDE-IT, Berlin, Germany

Dr. Wenke Apt is a consultant in the department of “Demographic Change and Futures Studies” at VDI/VDE-IT, a project managing agency based in Berlin, Germany. She completed her doctoral thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, and holds degrees in international business administration, demography and public policy. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, she helps manage national research projects in the field of human machine interaction and demographic change. In this function, she is also affiliated with the Joint Programming Initiative “More Years, Better Lives” (JPI MYBL). Her current work focuses mainly on the intersection of demographic change, work and digitization.






Prof. Nico Dragano

Institute for Medical Sociology, University of Düsseldorf, Germany

Nico Dragano is a medical sociologist with expertise in occupational epidemiology. He is a Professor for Medical Sociology at the University Clinic Düsseldorf and Head of the Düsseldorf School of Public Health. Major fields of interest are occupational epidemiology, work-related and non-work-related stress, social inequalities in health, cardiovascular disease epidemiology and prevention. He is affiliated with different international research collaborations, e.g. the IPD-Work consortium on work-related stress research in European cohort studies.






Dr. Martin Hyde

University of Manchester, UK

Martin is a sociologist with a long standing interest in cross-national comparative research on ageing and later life. He was part of the team that developed the CASP-19 quality of life measure which has now been used in over 20 countries. He has been involved in a number of large scale studies including the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), the Survey for Health, Retirement and Ageing in Europe (SHARE) and the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Study of Health (SLOSH: He also co-ordinates the Integrated Datasets in Europe for Ageing Research (IDEAR: network.

Opening presentation: “Cross-national epidemiological assessments – opportunities and challenges”



Prof. Dirk Hofäcker

Institute for Social Work and Social Policy, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Dirk Hofäcker, Dr. rer.pol., Professor for Methods of Quantitative Social Research at the Faculty of Educational Sciences (Institute for Social Work and Social Policy) at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany and External Research Fellow at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES) at Mannheim University.  Since 2012, he is heading a comparative research project on retirement decisions and its determinants, funded by the German Science Foundation. He is also work package leader in the EU Horizon 2020 Project  “Social Exclusion of Youth in Europe: Cumulative Disadvantage, Coping Strategies, Effective Policies and Transfer (EXCEPT)“, focusing on the socio-economic consequences of employment uncertainty for youth.

Opening presentation: “Globalisation and occupational life courses”



Prof. Mikko Härmä

Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland

Mikko Härmä, MD, PhD, is a Research Professor on working hours, sleep and ageing in the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) and the Editor-in-chief of the Scand J Work, Environ & Health. Mikko Härmä has a long experience on research of working hours and ageing. He is a leader of an international project “Working hours, health, well-being and participation in working life (WOW) funded by NordForsk ( Mikko Härmä has been a member of the Scientific Steering Group of the JPI "More years, better lives" 2012-2014 and has organized e.g. the International Conference on Work, Well-Being and Wealth: Active Ageing at Work in Helsinki 2013.



Dr. Philippe Kiss

Securex, Ghent, Belgium

Philippe Kiss (1959) graduated as a GP in 1985. He converted to occupational medicine in 1995 and works as an occupational health physician in the Occupational Health Service Securex in Belgium, where he tries to apply scientific research into daily occupational health practice. He is appointed as Honorary Fellow at the Department of Public Health of the Ghent University and is an active member of the ICOH Scientific Committee “Aging and Work”. He collaborated in the European NEXT study (Nurses’ Early Exit Study), and performed research on older workers, need for recovery and organizational social capital.








Prof. Clas-Håkan Nygård

School of Health Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland

Dr Clas-Håkan Nygård is Professor in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Tampere, Finland. He has extensive experiences in aging research through studies in ergonomics, work physiology as well as occupational gerontology. Dr Nygård is well published in the field of aging and work and has written more than 270 scientific articles and chapters, half of them in per reviewed journals. He is past president of the Finnish as well as the Nordic Ergonomics Societies and past secretary of the European Federation of Ergonomics Societies. For present he chairs the technical committee´s on Aging in the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) and the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH).







Prof. Reiner Rugulies

National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark

Reiner Rugulies, PhD, MSc, is Professor of Psychosocial Work Environment and Health at the National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark and additionally holds adjunct professorships at both the Department of Public Health and the Department of Psychology at the University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on psychological and social determinants of health, illness and of labour market participation, in particular with regard to cardiovascular disease and mental disorders. He is a leading member of several Danish and international research projects on these topics.

Opening presentation:  “Work and health – challenges for cohort studies”






Dr. Swenneke van den Heuvel

Organisation for Applied Research TNO, NL

Swenneke van den Heuvel, PhD, Researcher Work & Health, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Research TNO, the Netherlands. Swenneke was involved in many national and international projects in the field of occupational health. In the past five years her research activities focused on ageing workers. She coordinated the Dutch contribution in the international project  “Understanding Employment Participation of Older Workers” which was an initiative of the Joint Programming Initiative ‘More Years, Better Lives’, and is a research fellow of the STREAM study, a Dutch longitudinal study among people aged 45 and older on transitions in employment, ability and motivation.

Opening presentation:  “STREAM – evidence from a work and retirement cohort”