Institute for Ageing Research IAF

Solutions for the society of the future - effective, sustainable, and socially acceptable

Demographic change presents major challenges for individuals, institutions, and our society as a whole – and it will continue to do so in the future. The Institute for Ageing Research IAF conducts research in the field of age and ageing. Our innovative projects produce relevant knowledge for decision-making at political and institutional level to address demographic challenges. IAF contributes to the development of effective, sustainable and socially acceptable solutions to ensure a high quality of life for people in the third age (60+) and fourth (80+) age.

IAF is one of only a few institutes in the world to conduct state-of-the-art age research. It currently leads the largest national research network in Switzerland, which deals with the topic of the ageing society (AGE-NT). Our team includes experts from a range of different disciplines, and we collaborate with OST - Ostschweizer Fachhochschule staff as well as external partners.

We firmly believe that older adults can live independently for longer if they are provided with appropriate technological support.



Megatrend Ageing Society – Chancen und Herausforderungen für Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft

Panel discussion of the Zurich Chamber of Commerce with our head of institute, Sabina Misoch, at the Bar am Wasser in Zurich on March 9th, 2023.

Registration and program


Roadshow: New Technologies - New Ways to Age?

The IAF is planning an exhibition in the form of a «Technology Roadshow». We will be travelling across Switzerland in a barrier-free trailer from 14 to 21 September 2022. Visit us at one of our locations and contact Samira Hüsler for the latest information:

The IAF team is growing!

Since last year, we have welcomed several new members to the IAF team. Get an insight into our interdisciplinary team of experts from the fields of sociology, ethnology, social work, psychology and human movement sciences.



About us




Institute for Ageing Research IAF
Rosenbergstrasse 59, Postfach
9001 St.Gallen

+41 71 226 18 20