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					                              4th APRU Research Symposium on Gerontology

              "Productive Aging: Creating a Dynamic and Participatory Aging Society in Asia”

                                  October 28-29, 2011, Shanghai, China

                                            Fudan University


The State Innovative Institute for Public Management and Policy Studies (SIIPMPS), School of Social
Development and Public Policy (SSDPP) and Institute of Population Research (IPR) at Fudan University
are issuing the first call for papers for the 4th APRU Research Symposium on Gerontology - “Productive
Aging: Creating a Dynamic and Participatory Aging Society in Asia”.

Fourth in the gerontology research symposium series badged by the Association of Pacific Rim
Universities (APRU), the symposium welcomes participants from all disciplines related to aging such as
population studies, sociology, finance, public health, aging studies, medicine, public management and
policy. The symposium is open to scholars, particularly junior researchers, in related disciplines and is
not limited to participants from Asia and the Pacific Rim. Fudan University is proud to host the 4th APRU
research symposium on gerontology from October 28 to 29 in 2011 in Shanghai, China. We also hope to
develop a research network on aging studies over the long run.


Societies face challenges such as greater social dependency ratios, potential losses in economic
competitiveness and increased pressure on the social welfare system in the face of aging demographics.
In recent decades, however, more positive perspectives such as a shift of focus in helping the elderly age
more actively and successfully have been incorporated into research and the formulation of aging
policies. Scholars like Butler proposed the concept of Productive Aging in the 1980s which was later
expanded and worked on by Scott Bass and Francis Caro (1996) who came up with an analytical
framework for productive aging. Such perspectives are worthy of further examinations and discussions
in relation to the promotion of economic competitiveness and societal development in the face of global
aging trends, particularly in Asia and the Pacific Rim where many economies are experiencing rapid
economic growth.

There are several key perspectives on how the elderly can contribute to the development of societies, in
both the social and economic dimensions. Firstly, with the gradual increase in life expectancy to 80 or
even 90 years, and the healthy life expectancy is also increasing, the elderly population is now able to
continue to be economically active. Secondly, with globalization and the advent of information
technology, physical age is no longer as big a contributing factor to a society’s economic development as
compared to the time when productivity and economic growth were more closely linked to physical
ability and mobility. With their wide breadth of knowledge, skills and work experience, the elderly can
contribute effectively to the growth of an economy. Thirdly, old age does not necessarily equate to
isolation from society. The elderly can increase their self-worth through economic and social
participation, thereby creating wealth and promoting public welfare. All of these perspectives are based
on the premise of a sustainable and productive aging society.

A productive aging society is also necessary to maintain economic competitiveness and raise labor
productivity. Besides having economic implications, an aging society will also mean that adjustments
have to be made to other components in the societal infrastructure such as urban planning, social
reform and social security, and the provision of health and social services. The importance of education
and training, health promotion, social participation and security, will have to be underscored in the
building of a productive social welfare system. Aging productively is the way to achieving sustainable
socioeconomic development for economies which are experiencing rapid economic development in Asia
and the Pacific Rim.


The theme of this symposium is productive aging. The symposium will revolve around the building of a
dynamic and participatory aging society as well as the construction of a productive social welfare system.
Submitted papers could focus on (but are not limited to) the following aspects:

       Concept and theoretic framework of productive aging;
       Multi-disciplinary research on productive aging;
       Relationship between aging and economic development;

       The aging industry and market potential of aging;
       Gerontology, diseases and health;
       Education and training on improving the productive capabilities of the elderly;

       Information, technology and aging society;
       Rethinking the concept of old age and retirement;
       Value of the aged and their contributions;
       Social organization and social participation;

       Productive social welfare system for an aging society;
       Public policies and institutional reform for productive aging; and
       Case studies on practices and policies on productive aging society in different countries.

       Submission deadline for abstracts (word limit of 500): April 30th, 2011
        * Extended to July 30, 2011
       Registration commences: May 1st , 2011

       Submission deadline for papers and posters for poster session: September 15th, 2011
       Date of conference: October28th to 29th, 2011


No registration fees will be collected for this symposium. Participants will, however, need to cover their
own travel and accommodation expenses.

A small number of travel grants will be made available, particularly to encourage PhD students, post-
doctoral fellowships and junior scholars, to attend the conference. Participants interested in applying for
the travel grants should submit their abstracts or papers together with the Travel Grant Application
Form (attached as Annex 1) to the conference organizers by April 30th, 2011. The organizing committee
will select the award winners based on their submitted abstracts/papers and assess each application on
a case-by-case basis.


The conference organizers intend to publish selected papers into a symposium anthology. Subject to a
review and editing process, the anthology is expected to be published in August 2012. Authors of
selected papers must be contactable by e-mail after the conference and be willing to edit their
manuscript for the publication.


Contact email:

For enquiries, please contact the symposium secretaries:

       FANG Liqiang
        School of Social Development and Public Policy, Fudan University
        Tel: +86-21-65643051

       TAO Li
        School of Social Development and Public Policy, Fudan University
        Tel: +86-21-55073359
                                                                                            Annex 1

                                       Travel Grant Application Form

                              4th APRU Research Symposium on Gerontology

"Productive Aging: Creating a Dynamic and Participatory Aging Society in Asia” October 28-29, 2011,
                                        Shanghai, China

Name                                          Gender                   Age

Institution and Affiliation

Country and City

Tel:                           Email

Title                          □Young scholar □PhD Student □Others

Brief Biography(word limit of 300)

Title of Submitted Paper

Abstract of Submitted Paper(word limit of 500)