The research network SIPET in cooperation with the Swedish Gerontological Society (SGS) invites early career researchers to a masterclass on ‘Ageing and Work’ at the Nordic Congress of Gerontology 2024 in Stockholm ( SIPET is a collaboration between the Division of Ageing and Social Change at Linköping University and Unit for Unit of Occupational Medicine at the Institute of Environmental Medicine at Karolinska Institute, and it is funded in 2022-26 by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte; dnr. 2022-00955).

The masterclass will address complex trends in which many people are working longer with new transitions, interruptions and risks. Shortages of skilled labour, sustainability of public finances, social inclusion, economic productivity in global competition as well as intergenerational and gender equity are major concerns in ageing societies during ongoing demographic shifts and societal crises.

Early career researchers who wish to deepen their expertise or gain new insights in exchange with recognised senior experts are invited to register for a series of specialised workshops. Participants will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of (late) work in an ageing society as an interdisciplinary research and policy topic. The masterclass faculty consists of renowned scholars with extensive experience and thorough expertise in the subject matter as well as in the supervision of early-stage researchers.


June 11-14, 2024


Karolina at Congress Venue

Schedule and agenda

June 11. 18:00-20:00


Andreas Motel-Klingebiel (Linköping University), Daniel Falkstedt (Karolinska Institutet) & Joy Torgé (Linköping University)

Lecture 1: Theorizing Late Work in an Ageing Society – Nurturing the Scientific Imagination

“…when the pioneer in science sends forth the groping feelers of his thoughts, he must have a vivid intuitive imagination, for new ideas are not generated by deduction, but by an artistically creative imagination” (Max Planck, 1949). This talk draws on my experiences of developing gerontological theory. Research projects employing quantitative and qualitative methods to examine older people’s paid work activities generated observations that could not be understood in terms of existing theory. New ideas were needed. Over the following years, my collaborators and I theorized that late working life in advanced industrial societies is more usefully conceptualized in two phases: a first phase from about age fifty to pension age, and a second phase after pensionable age which is distinctive economically, subjectively and in terms of leverage with employers. Drawing on the thoughts of Vera John-Steiner, Tom McLeish and Mary Oliver, I’ll discuss ways to nurture the scientific imagination.

Loretta Platts (Stockholm University)

Dinner (20:00)

June 12. 15:00-16:30

Feedback workshop

Moderation: Daniel Falkstedt

Lecture 2: Ageism and Employers’ Hiring Practices

Per H. Jensen (Roskilde University)

June 13. 15:30-17:00

Feedback workshop

Moderation: Susanne Kelfve

Lecture 3: Pensions and European Differentiated Integration

Eskil Wadensjö (Stockholm University)

June 14. 15:00-16:00

Feedback workshop

Moderation: Andreas Motel-Klingebiel

Final words and outlook

Indre Genelyte (Linköping University) & Melody Almroth (Karolinska Institutet)

Participants and faculty will meet in small groups between the workshops during the conference by individual appointment.

An application for participation is required, and there is a limited number of seats. SIPET will support the involvement of up to 20 masterclass participants by covering additional accommodation in Stockholm on June 11-12. The decisions regarding acceptance and funding will be made by the SIPET team after the application deadline.

For questions regarding the Masterclass, please contact Lijun Peng.


Daniel Falkstedt (Karolinska Institutet)

Liam Foster (University of Sheffield)

Isabelle Hansson (Gothenburg University)

Katharina Herlofson (Oslo Metropolitan University)

Moritz Hess (Hochschule Niederrhein)

Per H. Jensen (Roskilde University)

Susanne Kelfve (Linköping University)

Andreas Motel-Klingebiel (Linköping University)

Laura Naegele (Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung, Bonn)

Jolanta Perek-Białas (Jagiellonian University Krakow)

Loretta Platts (Stockholm University)

Eskil Wadensjö (Stockholm University)


The application is open until 8th March, 2024.
The decisions regarding acceptance will be sent by email by 15th March 2024.