ISAC Department for Intergenerational Solidarity, Activity and Civil Society

Human & Society
Quality of life and social participation

Lifeworlds • Inclusion • Equal opportunities


Head of Department
Foto Christine Pichler

Christine Pichler


Gabriele Hagendorfer-Jauk
Dep. Head

Foto Johanna Breuer

Johanna Breuer
Junior Researcher

Foto Manuela Perchtaler

Manuela Perchtaler
Senior Researcher

Platzhalter für Teamfoto

Daniela Nais-Messner
Student Research Assistant

Foto Bianca Lidolt-Petscher

Bianca Lidolt-Petscher
Junior Researcher


Daniela Schuller-Knauf
Student Research Assistant

Melitta Horak

Melitta Horak

Foto Helmut Spitzer

Helmut Spitzer

Foto Outi Sulopuisto

Outi Sulopuisto

Susanne Dungs

Regina Klein

Andrea Stitzel


IARA Folder (PDF, bilingual)


Research on ageing with a focus on the human and society

The research field Human – Society focuses on the living environment of older people, social inclusion and equal opportunities. The main emphasis of the participatory approaches is on ageing as a social process, the exchange between the generations, civil engagement by and for older people, active participation up to the highest age as well as on the mix of professional, family and neighbourly help in the communities – ultimately on the future of well-being for every age.

Priorities for ageing research at ISAC


In order to be able to better shape the scientific discourse in the field of age(ing) in future, the focus is placed on inter- and transdisciplinary research. Through an intersectional perspective, the interfaces between the fields of humans, technology, economy and society – as well as other areas beyond these – move to the centre of a comprehensive look at age(ing). To implement this, joint work is being done with the departments DCRD and HAT. The objective is to gather new knowledge about the living conditions of older people and to use this knowledge to develop transdisciplinary approaches and solutions that make ageing and old age worth living.

Latest news from ISAC

ESA RN01 Midterm Conference | 13.-15.07.2022 | Vienna, Austria

Christine Pichler & Gabriele Hagendorfer-Jauk participate with a presentation.

IARA Research colloquium | March 16, 2022 | REVIEW

Informal care platform rethought? Find out more about the HEROES project and our research.

Junior Researcher at IARA | Job Advertisement | Application by Nov 7, 2021

CUAS is recruiting a Junior Researcher (m/f/d) to work for the Department Intergenerational Solidarity, Activity [...]

ISAC projects and cooperation in projects

Project descriptions, links to (often English) project websites and other key information on all ongoing projects can be found on the German website version. An English translation will be made availbale as soon as possible. We are looking forward to you visiting our website again.