Members of the Herczeg Institute and other researchers on aging and old-age attended a joint workshop held on June 27-29, 2016 at Düsseldorf, Germany. This delegation discussed concepts of aging and old age from a multidisciplinary point of view – with the aim of formulating an innovative and integrated vision on these issues. In Germany, the workshop was managed by Prof. Dr. Andrea von Hülsen-Esch, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Prorector for International Relations in Heinrich-Heine Universität, Düsseldorf. Prof. Dov Shmotkin, Head of the Herczeg Insitute, and Dr. Dr. Irit Bluvstein, from the Nursing Department and the Herczeg Institute, helped managing and organizing the workshop.

          The lectures given were diverse, fascinating and thought-provoking. As for future cooperation, researchers from both universities showed interest in deepening their joint work. They also discussed possible mutual research projects from a practical standpoint.

          Seven researchers from Tel Aviv University participated in the workshop (in alphabetical order): Dr. Tamar Aylat-Yaguri from the Department of Philosophy, who lectured on "It won’t happen to me!” – or “It will happen to me": Meaningful aging; Prof. Rivka Inzelberg, from the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, who lectured on "The present and future of telemedicine and communication technologies in geriatric medicine: Lessons from Parkinson’s disease"; Prof. Silvia Kotton, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Nursing, who lectured on "Population aging: A global unprecedented phenomenon"; Prof. Shulamith Kreitler, Professor Emerita in the School of Psychological Sciences, who lectured on "Psychological determinants of life quality and life expectancy among people in the fourth age (above 85)"; Dr. Youssef Masharawi, Senior lecturer in the Department of Physical Therapy, who lectured on "Rehabilitation in older people: Expect more, achieve more?"; Prof. Dov Shmotkin, Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences and Head of the Herczeg Institute on Aging, and Dr. Irit Bluvstein from the Nursing Department and the Herczeg Institute, who lectured on "The facilitative roles of the arts in well-being and hostile-world scenarios at old age."

          Twelve researchers from Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf participated in the workshop (in alphabetical order): Prof. Dr. med. Peter Angerer, Director of the Institute of Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine, University of Düsseldorf, and Dr. Andreas Müller, researcher of psychology at the Institute for Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine, Centre for Health and Society, University of Düsseldorf, who lectured on "Strategies of successful aging in businesss"; Prof. Dr. Ute Bayen, Prof. of Mathematics and Cognitive Psychology, University of Düsseldorf, who lectured on "Multidimensionality of age stereotypes"; Prof. Dr. med.Heiner Fangerau, Director of the Institute of History, Theory and Ethics of Medicine, University of Düsseldorf, who lectured on "Ethics of age and aging in medical history"; Prof. Dr. Henriette Herwig, the Institute of German Studies, University of Düsseldorf, who lectured on "Age and aging in German literature"; Prof. Andrea von Hülsen-Esch, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Prorector for International Relations, University of Düsseldorf, who lectured on "Cultural aging Alternskulturen: Research at Heinrich-Heine-University since 2005"; Prof. Dr. med. Andrea Icks, Faculty of Medicine, University of Düsseldorf; Prof. Dr. Christoph Kann, the Institute of Philosophy, University of Düsseldorf, who lectured on "The idea of aging from the perspective of the philosophy of existentialism"; Prof. Dr. Christian Schwens, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, University of Düsseldorf, who lectured on "Aging societies, innovation and (migrant) entrepreneurship"; Prof. Dr. Shingo Shimada, Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Düsseldorf, who lectured on "Dementia and local welfare A German-Japanese comparative study"; Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Wilm, and PD Dr. med. Horst Christian Vollmar, from the Institute of General Practice in the University of Düsseldorf, who lectured on "Aging and health care".

          These researchers represent a wide variety of departments, such as psychology, medicine and humanities.