CASciOPe Network Launched by the National Poet for Wales, Gillian Clarke
14 October 2010
The Cardiff University’s Ageing, Science and Older People Network (CASciOPe) was formally launched on 30th September 2010, as a part of the University’s celebrations of the United Nations International Day of Older People. CASciOPe is a multi-disciplinary research network, spanning most Academic Schools in Cardiff University.
The launch featured a reading of a specially commissioned poem by the National Poet for Wales, Gillian Clarke. There was also a poster exhibition of interdisciplinary research at Cardiff on ageing and older people representing 15 Schools.
Report by Sophie Davies, 1+3 ESRC Doctoral Student
The CaSciOPe launch was a wonderfully inspired and inspiring event celebrating not only the United Nation’s International Day of Older People, but a multi-disciplinary union of Cardiff’s finest academics in the name of ageing, a process which is (for now) a reality for each and every one of us.
The audience was enlightened and entertained by a series of talks that were delivered by a selection of Cardiff’s leading researchers. The speakers were from a variety of departments and thus the programme content ranged from ground breaking anti-ageing science and breakthroughs in the prevention of age-related diseases, to qualitative studies of care, well-being place and space. The conference was followed by the first of this year’s Science in Health public lectures and included an address by Rhodri Morgan AM and a poem by Gillian Clarke.
It is a rare privilege to learn about life (and death) changing genetic research in the same time and space as a thought-provoking insight, via social philosophy and ethnography, into the notion of including old people as participants in their own ageing. This sharing of ideas is what makes CaSciOPe so special and with an aim of solving the various problems that come with old age, or even old age itself, all the participating disciplines can only benefit from exposure to alternative and (sometimes surprisingly) complementary insights.
As a postgraduate student embarking on a PhD that will be exploring many aspects of ageing, anti-ageing and longevity, I look forward to attending many events like this that are not only a powerful force for good, but a place where we can all learn from each other. In my mind that is exactly what university should be about.