International Academics Gather at UL for the 3rd Age in the Workplace Expert Group Meeting

Jean McCarthy, UL, Jeanette Cleveland, Colorado State University, Noreen Heraty,UL

This month saw some of the world’s leading academics in workplace ageing gather at the University of Limerick for the 3rd Age in the Workplace Expert Group Meeting. The meeting brought together 70 thought leaders from around the world, representing 47 prestigious institutions across Europe, the United States and Canada, to advance knowledge on successful ageing at work, in order to promote a sustainable workforce as the population ages.

Commenting on the event, co-chair Dr Jean McCarthy said, “We’re extremely honoured to have brought together a group of international thought leaders to discuss issues aligned with the ageing of the workforce, which has been labelled the defining social issue of the 21st century.To address the global challenge of workforce ageing, organisations must foster new evidence-based practices, beyond surface level, that facilitate age diversity at work and enable people to continue working longer. This event is the latest milestone in our international mission driving towards this common goal, and launched the Age in the Workplace Research Network (AWR-net), an international research network concerned with advancing knowledge on age-related issues at work, which is funded by the Irish Research Council, and housed at the Kemmy Business School.”

Attendees included the directors of both the Robert N. Butler Center for Aging at Columbia University and the Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College; Senior Fellows from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Duke University Center for Aging and Human Development; as well as Chairs at Colorado State University, University of Radboud, Universität Konstanz, Università di Bologna and Università di Trento.

The meeting, hosted for the first time in Ireland, was co-chaired by Jean McCarthy and Noreen Heraty, Kemmy Business School and supported by both the Irish Research Council and Fáilte Ireland.