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Keio Cologne Lecture Series: Getting Old and Even Older

Pathways to Longevity and Implications for Society

WS 2018/19 | on Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:30 in Cologne in S67, Philosophikum = 18:00 - 19:30 local time in Tokyo/Osaka

Research and Experiences from Japan and Germany

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Longevity – one of humankind’s all-time goals and desires – turns out to be boon and bane. Japan and Germany are among the countries, where not only individuals tend to get old and older, but the entire society is aging and has to adapt to a substantial demographic change. With a life expectancy of 85 years in Japan and 81 years in Germany and an almost identical average age of 47.2 years of populations in both countries, Japan and Germany share common problems and challenges.


Individual longevity implies an increase of aging-associated diseases, a growing need for age-appropriated environments and living conditions, higher demand of elder care, public health care and pension funds under stress, financial pressure on taxpayers, strain on the labor market and many more issues to be dealt with from medical, political, social, economic and legal points of view.

Both Keio University/Tokyo, and University of Cologne have established “Longevity/Aging” as a transversal topic of interdisciplinary research, to which scholars and scientists from several disciplines contribute cutting-edge research. Both Universities dispose of strong research centers in Life Sciences and in Social Sciences dedicated to Longevity- and Aging-associated issues.

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  • Keio Mita Campus
    Keio University Mita Campus
  • Keio Shimanomachi Campus
    Keio University Shinanomachi Campus
  • University of Cologne main building
    University of Cologne Main Building Photo:Thomas Josek, Lisa Beller

This joint lecture series will present some of their results in a comparative Japanese‑German perspective. Each lecture will be held jointly by a German and a Japanese expert, giving insights into ongoing or recently completed research projects. Students in both countries are invited to interact and actively participate in the discussion by posting comments and questions during the lecture.

While being the first intercontinental joint lecture series with one of University of Colognes “Global Network Partners”, this seminar is also a pilot project introducing digital tools into international teaching cooperation.

Lecture coordinator: Dr. Johannes Müller


Broadcast pictogram

The sessions of this lecture series are held in English by two lecturers each time – one from Tokyo and one from Cologne – brought together via live broadcasting, followed by a Q&A.




Introducing Keio and Cologne


Today, Keio University is playing a leading role in the academic world, attracting highly talented students and researchers from home and abroad. Looking ahead, it endeavors to make further contributions to society, strengthen its international reputation, and solidify its position as a world-leading research university (source:


From its establishment in 1388, the University of Cologne has been a center of science and scholarship in Europe. Today, it is one of the leading German research universities. We offer an exceptionally broad and diverse subject base to our students and encourage them to follow their own academic interests and to develop both intellectually and personally. We are firmly committed to the advancement of human knowledge through basic research, but also have an eye on transfer and application in the real world. (Professor Axel Freimuth, Rector (


About Keio University

Follow one international student's breathtaking journey through the heart of Tokyo and experience the sights and sounds of Keio University.


CECAD provides an extremely dynamic environment for research into aging and aging-associated diseases. The image film shows a brief overview of the Cluster´s groundbreaking vision and offers insights into its state-of-the-art research.

About ceres

Overview of the work of ceres (cologne center for ethics, rights, economics and social sciences of health)

This lecutre series is an expansion of the Keio-Cologne collaboration in this field of research. Early in 2018 CECAD and Keio University already held a symposium on aging and longevity.


Subject to changes

Lectures and discussions in English