Ladies and gentlemen,
It is my great pleasure and honor to announce that the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow, together with its renowned partners: University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria from Austria, Jean Monnet University from France, University of Ottawa LIFE Research Institute from Canada as well as Sau Po Center on Ageing, Hong Kong University from Hong Kong, is responsible for carrying out a scientific and implementation project under the name Global Ageing Research Partnership.
The topic of ageing of societies has been among the most intriguing research problems for researchers worldwide. A plethora of international publications and studies have been emerging that treat of the reasons and effects of ageing of the global population, particularly when the demographic projections for a number of countries are rather not too optimistic. On the one hand, we know that we live longer – it is undoubtedly a great success of advances in the fields of medicine, physics, rehabilitation, pharmacy and other sciences that improve the physical condition of humans. On the other hand, ageing of societies is becoming a burden to economic systems, job markets as well as retirement plans. In this complex situation, it is important to maintain balance that is based on foundations of humanism such as good, dignity, justice as well as care and development for every person, regardless of their age.
Our project aims at creating an international space for reflection on gerontological research, which, besides its obvious pragmatic dimension, is intended to present those contexts of old age that guarantee an inalienable right of an older adult to development and a dignified life. I wish for the considerations on gerontological research to include the axiological and ethical issues and then to lead to discovering interesting methodological reflections, based on these foundations.
It is my hope that our university community as well as all the partners and participants of the project will enrich us scientifically, and the relations that will be built in the course of this international collaboration will be lasting and fruitful for everyone.
Rev. Prof. Wojciech Zyzak
Rector of the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow