Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger, director of the Columbia Aging Center and Mailman School professor of sociomedical sciences, received the Braunschweig Research Prize for her investigation of the plasticity of the aging process and its consequences for demographic change. The Braunschweig Research Prize honors outstanding interdisciplinary research work that intertwines science, business, and society.
Dr. Staudinger is the founding director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, a global hub for interdisciplinary aging research and knowledge transfer to policy makers, companies, and the general public. Previously, she was the vice president of Jacobs University Bremen in Germany and founding dean of the Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development at Jacobs University Bremen, an interdisciplinary research center with a focus on education and the labor market. Earlier in her career, Dr. Staudinger was a professor of developmental psychology at the Technical University Dresden and senior scientist of the Max Planck Institute of Human Development in Berlin.
“It is important to Professor Staudinger that employers recognize and promote the skills which older people have,” noted Dr. h.c. Jürgen Hesselbach, president of Braunschweig Technical University and chairman of the jury composed of experts from science, business, politics and media. “With Ursula M. Staudinger we recognize an internationally leading aging researcher. Faced with the current demographic change, her research on the potentials of aging are a key issue for the future of how we live, work and educate.”
Dr. Staudinger received her award at a ceremony on November 21 in Braunschweig.