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ICOH Scientific Committee

„Aging and Work“

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

Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany

Prof. James Banks

Institute for Fiscal Studies, London, UK

James Banks is Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and Deputy Research Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He is one of the founders and Co-Principal Investigators of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing ( and a member of the scientific advisory committee of comparable studies in Japan, India, China and Ireland, as well as working closely with those in the US and Europe. He is Co-Director of the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Economic Analysis of Public Policy ( and has written extensively on many aspects of the economics of ageing, including retirement saving, pensions, wealth and the timing of retirement.

Keynote: “The role of financial factors for employment of older workers – evidence from the ELSA cohort”

Prof. Lex Burdorf

Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC Rotterdam, NL

Alex Burdorf is an occupational epidemiologist with ample experience in projects in occupational health, including etiological studies on musculoskeletal complaints, respiratory disorders, and reproductive disorders as well as various intervention studies, eg ergonomic improvements in the workplace and workplace health promotion programmes. His current interest includes studies on reciprocal relations between health and paid employment and working longer in good health within the frame work of the lifecourse perspective (

Keynote: “The challenges of assessing change in quantitative research”

Prof. Ute Bültmann

Department of Health Sciences, Community and Occupational Medicine, University of Groningen, NL

Ute Bültmann is Professor of Work and Health, in particular from a life course epidemiological perspective, and Program Leader of Public Health Research at the Department of Health Sciences, Community and Occupational Medicine of the University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Her research interests include the epidemiology of work and health and the measurement of health-related functioning at work. She is involved in collaborative research projects on labor market experiences and health in Denmark, Sweden and Canada. She is affiliated with the Danish National Research Centre for the Working Environment, the Karolinska Institutet and the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto, Canada. Her current research activities focus on adding a life course perspective to work and health research, and to translate the findings into relevant policy and practice measures to make a difference towards “healthy working lives”.

Keynote: “The life course in quantitative research on work transitions”



Prof. Kène Henkens

University of Amsterdam, NL

Kène Henkens is Theme group leader at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI-KNAW), The Hague. He is Professor Sociology of Retirement at University of Amsterdam and Professor of Ageing, Retirement and the Life course at University Medical Centre Groningen. He obtained a prestigious VIDI (2005) and VICI (2014) grant from the Dutch National Science Foundation for his research on retirement. He was joint coordinator of the EU-ASPA project on employers responses to an ageing work force.

Opening speech: “Ageing workers in an ageing society: Labour force transitions and work in late life”



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”



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. Hendrik Jürges

University of Wuppertal, Germany

Hendrik Jürges completed his Ph.D. in economics on "Intergenerational Transfers" at the University of Dortmund in 2000 and his habilitation thesis "Essays on Education and Health Economics" at the University of Mannheim in 2006. Jürges served as assistant professor in economics in Dortmund and Mannheim and became full professor in empirical health economics in Mannheim in 2009. Since 2010, he is Professor of Health Economics and Management at BUW. From 2002 to 2010, Jürges was deputy co-ordinator of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). Since 2011, he is Area Coordinator Health Care of the SHARE. Jürges has led and participated in numerous other interdisciplinary projects. His research interests are health, education, labor, family and development economics.

Opening presentation: “Comparing work and retirement across borders – evidence from SHARE”



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. Simone Scherger

University of Bremen, Germany

Dr. Simone Scherger, sociologist, is currently head of Emmy Noether Research Group “Paid Work Beyond Pension Age in Germany and the UK” at the SOCIUM (Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy), University of Bremen (

Her main areas of research are life course sociology, old age and ageing, social policy and social inequality. She has recently edited a book on “Paid work beyond pension age. Comparative perspectives” (Palgrave Macmillan 2015).

Opening presentation:  “Working past retirement”







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”





Dr. Ulrich Walwei

Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany

Ulrich Walwei studied economics and completed his doctorate in law and economics at the University of Paderborn (Dr. rer. pol.) where he was research assistant to the Chair of Public Finance, Professor Dr Friedrich Buttler. Dr Ulrich Walwei has been working at IAB since 1988. He was Head of the Research Unit "Growth and Demography" from 1997 to 2007. Since April 2002 he is Deputy Director of the IAB. His research focuses on labour market institutions and non-standard work arrangements.


Opening speech: “Work and employment tomorrow : a) Old is beautiful – changes in the age composition of employment”



Prof. Hugo Westerlund

Director and Head of the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University.

Hugo Westerlund is Professor of Epidemiology as well as Director and Head of the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University. He investigates how social and psychological exposures across the life course impact on health, mortality and quality of life. Hugo works mainly with large, international cohort studies, including the French GAZEL, British Whitehall II, and Swedish SLOSH and WOLF studies. A recurrent theme has been labour market participation, and lately a main focus has been on ageing workers and retirement, as well as the prerequisites and consequences of extended working lives. He has a large network of leading social epidemiologists and is currently directing a multi-national project on determinants of healthy life expectancy as well as a Forte financed research program on healthy and productive work in later life.

Dr. Áine Ní Léime

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio and National University of Ireland

Dr. Áine Ní Léime, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio and National University of Ireland, Galway has been awarded a Marie Sklodowska Curie International Outgoing Fellowship, funded by the European Union’s Framework Programme Seven, She is a sociologist and her recent research focuses on gender, ageing and employment, creativity and ageing, retirement and pensions policy, from a critical perspective. She is currently conducting a cross-national qualitative study of gender and extended working life in Ireland and the United States using a life-course perspective. She is Chairperson of COST Action IS1409, a research network involving scholars from 32 countries, entitled Gender, Health and Extended Working Life in Western Countries.

Presentation: Keynote: "The life course in qualitative research on work and retirement"




Prof. Lars Adolph

Scientific Director, Division “Products and Worksystems at BAuA

Lars has been working in the field of occupational safety and health for about 20 years. He has gained experiences as a scientist dealing with stress and strain in complex work systems. He has worked as a safety and human factors consultant in several industries. As head of the unit “Human Factors, Ergonomics” he worked on topics like “human factor methodologies”, “behavioural and social processes”, “human reliability” or “anthropometry”. Since 2013 he is the scientific director of the division “Products and Worksystems”. He is responsible for research and development strategies and projects, especially for scientific questions regarding the use of new technologies in the working world.