Applications for our 2015 Academy “Global Aging: Danger Ahead?” are now open and online. For members of the press, the Academy is a joint project of the Columbia Aging Center at the Mailman School of Public Health and the Columbia Journalism School. The Academy will be held from June 11-13, 2015. More information is below. The deadline to apply is February 6th.
Age Boom Academy 2015
Global Aging: Danger Ahead?
For 2015, the year in which the United Nations establishes new Millennium Goals, the Age Boom Academy will focus on the dramatic demographic changes around the world. Throughout the globe, apart from sub-Saharan Africa and East Timor, fertility rates are dropping, longevity is increasing, and the proportion of older adults in the population is steadily on the rise. This population transformation has been evident for over a decade, but its global effects have hardly been recognized other than in glib dismissals like “China’s growing old faster than it’s getting rich.” And myths about the transformation persist.
The 2015 Age Boom Academy “Global Aging: Danger Ahead?” will take place from June 11-13 and unite leading international researchers, policy experts and journalists to deepen participants’ reporting and help get beyond clichés to the stories that matter.
Given that demographic change has gone global, analysis of economic and health implications need to be taken to the next level. Our Age Boom panelists will do that by disrupting myths: Cities are for young people? Families take care of their elders? Challenges of aging societies are limited to developing countries? We are convening international experts to help journalists get beyond these myths in their reporting by sharing scientific data in sessions about chronic disease, urbanization, social structures and demographic forecasting.
The Academy is designed for global, national and local journalists, editors and producers in all media (Print, On Air, Online), across a wide range of beats ranging from politics to health care.
Competitive fellowships cover travel and attendance fees. The deadline to apply for fellowships is Friday, February 6, 2015. Please apply at: ageboom.columbia.edu
The Age Boom Academy is a joint program of the Columbia Aging Center and the Columbia Journalism School. Begun in 2000, the Age Boom Academy is a forum in which to educate journalists about the complex health, social, and economic issues facing our aging population. Nearly 200 journalists have participated in one or more of the annual Age Boom Academies since its inception.
The 2015 Age Boom Academy Confirmed Speakers include:
Isabella Aboderin, African Population and Health Research Center
Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Deputy Mayor, Health & Human Services, New York City
Angelique Chan, Duke-National University of Singapore
Joel Cohen, Rockefeller University
Ruth Finkelstein, Columbia Aging Center, Mailman School of Public Health
Helen R. Hamlin, International Federation on Ageing
Louise Plouffe, International Longevity Center-Brazil
Jack Rosenthal, President Emeritus, The New York Times Company Foundation
Bruce Shapiro, Columbia School of Journalism
Kavita Sivaramakrishnan, Columbia Aging Center, Mailman School of Public Health
Vegard Skirbekk, Columbia Aging Center, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Thomas Spoorenberg, United Nations
Ursula M. Staudinger, Columbia Aging Center, Mailman School of Public Health
And many, many others!
(Please note: list in formation - all speakers are subject to change.)
For more information or to apply online, please visit:
This program is made possible by a generous grant from
The Atlantic Philanthropies, a limited life foundation.