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Activity Report / Rapport d'activités 2021

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A few words from THE management

2021 has been a year of adaptation and transition for the CIGEV in many respects. Still largely dominated by the COVID pandemic, thanks to the incredible resilience and creativity of our staff, our research, teaching and community service activities have not only almost returned to pre-pandemic levels but were transformed and enriched in many areas by the solutions we had to develop in response to the challenges presented by the pandemic. For the CIGEV’s Gerontology Department (Director: Prof. Matthias Kliegel), three areas may be particularly highlighted. The first is the development and launch of the CIGEV Open Science Platform (https://cigev.unige.ch/recherches/openscience/). While sharing recent developments in our methodology and scientific output has always been a high priority for our research groups, the increased use of ICT and internet-based empirical assessment tools in gerontology and life course research during the pandemic has given the final booster to systematically focus on the development of easy-to-use and easy-to-share instruments tailored to measure our key outcome variables remotely, both for large-scale epidemiological and for more fine-grained experimental mechanistic research. Currently with a focus on cognitive health and memory as well as executive functioning, we have systematically evaluated those tools and provide them through our platform to the international community. The overwhelmingly positive feedback of users around the world is reward and encouragement to continue at the same time. A second area stimulated by the challenges of the pandemic has been the development and implementation of remote training and intervention programs for older adults. In several research projects, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, we have transformed our previous laboratory research on cognitive plasticity into community-based and remotely administered intervention and prevention programs, of which several have been launched in 2021. Some of these activities are integrated in Age-INT, an interdisciplinary Swiss Network for aging research and services (https://age-int.ch/). A third development in 2021 at which we gratefully look back is the implementation of webinars as flexible and highly stimulating way for scientific exchange. Initially lunched in late 2020, our “Padua Geneva Webinar Series on Cognitive Aging” (https://cigev.unige.ch/colloques/pgwebs/) has fully prospered in 2021 with four editions covering a broad range of current hot topics and presentations from the international key players in each area. In addition, after the unfortunate break in 2020, the long standing “Geneva Aging Series” (https://cigev.unige.ch/colloques/geneva-aging-series/) that the CIGEV organises conjointly with the FPSE could resume with its 9th edition that was organised in an hybrid modality and hosted, as it is its philosophy, both young emerging scholars and top tier international experts. Especially for our young academics who partly started their career in the pandemic this possibility to present their work and discuss their ideas with an our international network has been an important milestone in their personal and academic development (see below Highlights).

For the CIGEV’s second department, the LIVES CENTER (director: prof. Eric Widmer), we first wish to stress that the dynamics of research continues to be highly productive. Associated projects have indeed be increasing steadily with a total of 44 projects to date. LIVES research projects at UNIGE carried out in 2021 include (non-exhaustive list) research on debt (prof. Morvant Roux), on the shelters in Geneva (prof. Bonvin), on living conditions and health of undocumented migrants (Parchemins project, Prof. Burton-Jeangros and Dr Jackson), on the transition to adulthood in times of crisis (Family Observatory, prof. Rossier and Widmer), on the resources capable of mitigating the effects of cognitive decline (prof. Kliegel and Dr. Ihle), on social links in the face of aging (prof. Oris and Ciobanu), on divorce agreements (prof. Cottier and Widmer), or on sequence analysis (Prof. Studer). The administrative supervision of  those projects in CIGEV generated quite a lot work which was performed outstandingly thanks to the profesionalism of the CIGEV administrative team.

We were also able, in close connection with our partners at the University of Lausanne, to launch a new cohort of LIVES PhD students within our doctoral programme (https://www.centre-lives.ch/en/page-de-base/doctoral-programme) with funding external to the NCCR for the first time. Thanks to the dedication of Dr Fagot and Roduit, high quality modules dedicated to life course methods and theory were provided to students on a regular basis with the aim of developing highly valued competences in the use of longitudinal data and the mastering of the interdisciplinary life course paradigm. 2020-2021 have been challenging years as the PhD programme has two organize modules for two cohorts of PhD students while taking into account the constrains and stress stemming from the COVID crisis. The LIVES center was able to attract students not only of the two partner universities but also from universities abroad.

We also launched a critical project dedicated to the construction of an interdisciplinary glossary of major life course concepts, which has been made public on the internet (https://www.centre-lives.ch/en/page-de-base/lives-centre-develops-interactive-glossary-promote-interdisciplinary-research) . The IT officer, Urs Richle, in close connection with a board of senior researchers and professors of LIVES, was instrumental in setting up a flexible highly visual and fast evolving web tool that help the center LIVES increase its impact on vulnerabilities studies in la life course perspective.



Matthias Kliegel Eric Widmer

Matthias Kliegel, Éric Widmer

Have a look at all the team members on our website!


Emiliano Albanese, Jean-Michel Bonvin, Claudine Burton-Jeangros, Oana Ciobanu, Anik de Ribaupierre, Olivier Desrichard, Giovanni Frisoni, Paolo Ghisletta, Christophe Graf, Cornelia Hummel, Yves Jackson, Dimitri Konstantas, Christian Lalive d'Épinay, Solène Morvant-Roux, Michel Oris, Michele Pellizzari, Ulrike Rimmele, Gilbert Ritschard, Clémentine Rossier, Daniel Stoecklin, Matthias Studer, Andrea Trombetti

Academic Staff

Marie Baeriswyl, Catherine Bassal, Gaël Brulé, Liala Consoli, Chloé Da Silva Coelho, Vera de Bel, Lea Dettwiler, Iuna Dones, Aline Duvoisin, Delphine Fagot, Julien Fakhoury, Olga Ganjour, François Geiser, Myriam Girardin, Maximilian Haas, Alexandra Hering, Andreas Ihle, Émilie Joly-Burra, Morgane Künzi, Gianvito Laera, Francesco Laruffa, Frédérique Leresche, Max Lovey, Sarah Ludwig-Dehm, Greta Mikneviciute, Eva Nada, Dan Orsholits, Julie Péron, Gina Potârcă, Sabrina Roduit, Rojin Sadeghi, Julia Sauter, Stefan Sieber, Doriana Tinello, Sascha Zuber

Administrative and Technical Staff

Nathalie Blanc, Lorraine Dubuis, Claire Grela, Grégoire Métral, Urs Richle, Alexis Vial, Marie-Ève Zufferey

Associate Researchers

Nicola Ballhausen, Isabel Baumann, Jean-François Bickel, Claudio Bolzman, Christian Chicherio, Stéphane Cullati, Nora Dasoki, Bogdan Draganski, Rainer Gabriel, Bruna GouveiaÉlvio Rúbio Gouveia, Christian Maggiori, Barbara Masotti, Jürgen Maurer, Marthe Nicolet, Rose van der Linden

highlights 2021

The Geneva Aging Series — CIGEV & CAL Lab

Geneva Aging Series 2021The Geneva Aging Series IX (GAS) returned after a one-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This new edition was particularly challenging, with the implementation of a hybrid format, allowing for a high-quality conference with international participants and speakers. GAS 2021 emphasized the promotion of doctoral students while having the chance to hear presentations from experienced researchers.

Presentations examined topics in the fields of emotions regulation, cognitive and affective resources in the context of healthy aging, and in regard to the current pandemic situation. They also explored the effects of early adversity on later life and examined the impact of multi-approach interventions to counteract cognitive decline.
There was also a rich poster session with presentations focusing on prospective memory and neural correlates involved in prospective memory and attentional control.

GAS 2021 definitely was an excellent opportunity for networking, new collaborations, keeping up to date with current research in the aging field, and learning more about large multimodal databases.

Assises des familles — LIVES Genève

Assises 21Dans une société qui vise l'égalité et l'intégration de ses citoyen·nes, avec entre autres l’école publique comme moyen d’atteindre cet objectif, le décrochage scolaire et professionnel des jeunes interpelle depuis de nombreuses années. Il montre les limites des politiques publiques mises en place face à la compétition croissante dans le monde du travail et à la complexification des métiers. Parce que la désinsertion d’un·e jeune n’est pas un événement, mais un processus qui se construit depuis l’enfance, la situation socio-professionnelle des familles, ainsi que le style d’éducation pratiqué sont des enjeux fondamentaux. En effet, l’école reposant sur le sentiment d’appartenance et la volonté de participation, elle se révèle moins performante dans la transmission des savoirs aux élèves qui se tiennent en retrait pour différentes raisons, liées souvent au contexte social de la famille.

Les journées des Assises des familles, les 7 et 8 juin 2021, ont été l’occasion d’approfondir cette thématique en mettant à jour les liens entre les familles, leurs conditions de vie, ainsi que le système scolaire et professionnel. A travers plusieurs conférences sur deux jours (7 et 8 juin) la situation actuelle des jeunes décrocheurs·euses à Genève a été décortiquée dans une perspective plus large de parcours de vie dans un moment particulier du passage de l’adolescence à la vie d’adulte.



Grants — Ongoing Projects

CIGEV Gerontology Projects

Project TitlesPrincipal InvestigatorsFunding Sources
AGE-INT : National innovation network on aging : Dementia, Technology, Work and Living Environments Matthias Kliegel SBFI
From Lab to Life: Cognitive Aging Revisited Matthias Kliegel SNSF
CIGEVCité: Évaluation d'une intervention de soins centrés sur la personne avec démence: Projet pilote à l'hôpital de Loëx Christophe Graf / Matthias Kliegel Leenaards Foundation/HUG Foundation
CIGEVCité :Développement d'un outil d'évaluation modulaire centré sur la personne avec démence pour évaluer les capacités cognitives, affectives, physiques et sociales (PCMAT). Alexandra Hering / Matthias Kliegel Hedwig Widmer Foundation
E-GISIN «Unemployment Exit and Entry: Cognition, Nudges, Information, and Eligibility Screening» Rafael Lalive / Matthias Kliegel SNSF
Besser älter werden mit Musikunterricht: Auswirkungen von Musikunterricht auf Kognition, Perzeption, Motorik und begleitende hirnplastische Effekte bei Senioren in Deutschland und in der Schweiz Clara James / Matthias Kliegel SNSF
How emotion, stress and their regulation shape and alter episodic memories across the life span Ulrike Rimmele SNSF Eccellenza


» Find them all here

LIVES Center Geneva Associated Projects

Project TitlesPrincipal InvestigatorsFunding Sources
Social inequalities in cancer prevention care and fundamental social causes: a comparative study of innovative technologies and (in)effective policies Claudine Burton-Jeangros, Piet Bracke Lead Agency Switzerland and Flanders SNSF
Transnational Ageing among Older Migrants and Natives : A strategy to overcome vulnerability Trans-Age Ciobanu, Oana Ruxandra SNSF Professorship Grant
Mindfulness meditation and the stress response to social-evaluative threat Matthias Kliegel Cogito Foundation
The negotiation of divorce agreements and gender (in)equality in Switzerland Eric Widmer, Michelle Cottier SNSF
Healthy Ageing in the Face of Death: Preferences, Communication, Knowledge and Behaviors Regarding End of Life and End-of-life Planning Among Older Adults in Switzerland Jürgen Maurer SNSF
The participatory capability of children in street situations in Brazil and China  Daniel Stoecklin SNSF
Describing the safety of abortion at the population level using network Clémentine Rossier WHO
«Lifetime social adversity and the aging brain». Leenaards Price for Translational Medicine awarded to Matthias Kliegel together with Silvia Stringhini and Bogdan Draganski Matthias Kliegel Leenaards Fondation
How Does the Internet Change Modern Romance ? Gina Potârcă SNSF Ambizione
Parchemins: Étude prospective de l'impact du programme de régularisation Papyrus sur la santé et les conditions de vie des migrants sans-papiers à Genève Claudine Burton-Jeangros / Yves-Laurent Jackson SNSF
Individual pathways of cognitive reserve accumulation - a fine-grained lifespan perspective (COREPATH)  Andreas Ihle  SNSF

Doctoral students enlisted in the LIVES Doctoral Program

Doctoral StudentTutorsThesis Title
Besozzi Roberta Le Feuvre Nicky, Lamamra Nadia Les formateurs et formatrices en entreprise : trajectoires et expériences en Suisse romande.
Bian Fei Vandecasteele Leen Effets du/de la partenaire sur la carrière professionnelle : une étude comparative
Bochsler Yann Bonvin Jean-Michel Governing the Poor in Switzerland: Young adults dealing with ambiguous cantonal social policies.
Bornscheuer Lisa Almquist Ylva Brännström Gendered resilience processes and health over the life-course: An assessment of pathways, patterns and interactions in a Swedish birth cohort
Brandalesi Vanessa Bernardi Laura Etre une non-mère. Implications de la non-maternité dans les parcours de vie et les rôles de genre(s).
Canzio Leandro Bühlmann Felix, Masdonati Jonas Trajectoires professionnelles et qualité subjective de l'emploi. Travailleurs indépendants, à temps partiel et temporaires en Suisse et en Europe
Cheng Mengling  Spini Dario Les antécédents socio-économiques et les mécanismes psychologiques de la santé des personnes âgées en Chine : Une approche multiniveau

Chopard-dit-Jean Aurélie

 Spini Dario Attachement et pertes liées au parcours de vie : vers une compréhension du désir de vivre et de mourir des personnes âgées en établissement d'hébergement

Consoli Liala

Burton-Jeangros Claudine Parcours des migrants sans papiers en voie de régularisation - volet qualitatif
Delgado Villanueva Cecilia  Spini Dario Social capital and mental health of migrants across the life course: The Chavannes-près-Renens residents’ example
Dones Iuna Ciobanu Ruxandra Oana Happiness and wellbeing among older migrants and natives: Meanings of and strategies developed to achieve happiness
Emery Kevin Berchtold André Imputation des données manquantes dans les séquences multichannels
Fakhoury Julien Burton-Jeangros Claudine, Guessous Idris Parcours de vie des migrant-e-s sans-papiers à Genève : dans quelle mesure la régularisation de leur statut légal affecte leurs trajectoires de santé ?
Fellmann Lukas Widmer Éric From Conflict to Support? Changes in Personal Networks of Parents During a Social Pedagogical Family Intervention.
Fernandez Guillaume Widmer Éric  Language variability in interaction: a configurational and a longitudinal approach
Geiser François Bonvin Jean-Michel, Bickel Jean-François La visée de préservation de l’autonomie dans les dispositifs de maintien à domicile. Référentiel, instrumentation et appropriation
Hoffman Adar Staerklé Christian “Si la vie vous donne des citrons, faites-en de la limonade?": Identités sociales et l'interaction entre la vulnérabilité et la résilience dans la transition à l'âge adulte.
Köster Fiona Oesch Daniel Une perspective de parcours de vie sur les effets à long terme de licenciement collectif
Künzi Morgane Kliegel Matthias The impact of lifetime socio-economic status on age-related cognitive performance
Laera Gianvito Kliegel Matthias Neural mechanisms of cognitive aging (working title)
Leresche Frédérique Tabin Jean-Pierre, Bonvin Jean-Michel Le non-recours aux droits et services de l'État social comme critique du pouvoir. Une ethnographie de pratiques politiques quotidiennes subalternes
Lovey Max Bonvin Jean-Michel, Tabin Jean-Pierre L'action sur le non-recours aux prestations sociales à l'aune de l'approche par les capabilités
Mehrpour Anahita Staerklé Christian, Widmer Éric L'individu et le contexte : Vers un modèle unifié de santé, de bien-être et de vulnérabilité
Ménard Benjamin Bühlmann Felix Private equity at work (abstract) / Titre doctoriales
Mikneviciute Greta Kliegel Matthias Life course mechanisms of vulnerability in old age : Aging, stress and the role of multi-domain reserves
Nsabimana Loïc Beninguisse Gervais The vulnerability of people living with disabilities to HIV infection in Bujumbura / Titre doctoriales
Sautier Marie Le Feuvre Nicky The Local Making of Internationalisation : Values of Academic Mobilities in Comparative Perspective (Switzerland-France).
Schmutz Rita Vandecasteele Leen Early childhood and family policies: a study of the Swiss case
Schüttenberger Victoria Freund Alexandra M. Is it Work or Leisure? Investigating the Role of Cues in Online Vignette Experiments / Titre doctoriales
Sieber Stefan Burton-Jeangros Claudine Inégalité de santé dans le parcours de vie et les Etats-providence européens
Tirehote-Corbin Maëlys Le Feuvre Nicky, Perrenoud Marc The lives of female comic book artists from a life-course perspective
Vigna Nathalie Oesch Daniel Le déclin de la classe ouvrière et la montée du populisme de droite : Le rôle du statut social subjectif
Ziade Garnelle Jopp Daniela The Effect of Centenarians’ Personality on Health, Social Contacts, and Well-being


Other doctoral students

Doctoral StudentTutorsThesis Title
Da Silva Coelho Chloé Kliegel Matthias Vieillissement cognitif et la mémoire prospective
Haas Maximilian Kliegel Matthias From Lab to Life: Studying Everyday Prospective Memory
Karunanethy Kalaivani Lalive Rafael Three Essays in Development/Labor Economics
Leko Minja Elcheroth Guy Cicatrice sans blessure? Transmission de traumatismes de guerre de la première à la deuxième génération chez les Bosniaques vivant en Suisse.

Mancini-Vonlanthen Nathalie

Spini Dario Career difficulties and strategies of female self-initiated expatriates and self-initiated expatriate couples in Switzerland
Morel Sandrine Bühlmann Felix Divorce et séparation, toujours des événements critiques ? Une études des trajectoires de parents mariés et non mariés avant et après la séparation
Tinello Doriana Kliegel Matthias Cognitive training in adulthood: a multi-method approach

Previous Activity Reports

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Rapport d'activités 2009
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