Mission Statement


The chair of Sport and Health Sciences researches and teaches an interdisciplinary team from sport and movement sciences, gerontology, health and political sciences, psychology and business administration. The work focuses on the daily mobility and activity of older people. We consider everyday activity and mobility to be behaviors that benefit autonomy and ensure the health, life satisfaction, and well-being of older people.

Therefore we want to know what conditions facilitate or hinder activity, the extent to which everyday activity affects non-infectious diseases (such as Type-2 diabetes and coronary heart diseases) and prevention, as well as how everyday activity affects the key criteria of a productive and successful aging process (health, autonomy, and well-being).

We cooperate with international research partners, with whom we work to find answers to the above questions using an interdisciplinary approach.

Together with our partners from further faculties we lead the establishment of the Stuttgart Research Initiative Human Factors in Ageing, Technology, and Environment (SRI HumanAgeTech). The initiative researches human-machine and human-environment interaction in old age.


Our research is based on an ecological-systemic paradigm and follows the empirical-analytical science approach. Concrete research is based on underlying psychological, geronto-psychological, and health science theories. We’ve mostly tested these in naturalistic settings, but occasionally also in the laboratory on their efficiency. We use a wide range of methods of empirical social and behavioral research and “ambulatory assessment”.

In an effort to explain the effects of everyday activity on the course and the quality of aging, we analyze how characteristics of the built and technical environments interact with the mental health characteristics of older persons (motives, expectations, attitudes). We want to explain how “person x’s environmental interactions” influence the everyday mobility and how the interactions are lost in aging.

We want to contribute to a transdisciplinary approach to develop adaptive technology and built environments. Technology and environment should go along with aging, enriching the everyday lives of older people, while supporting and compensating for loss of function if necessary. In this disseminative intention, we develop and evaluate systemic interventions into the lives of older people. We would like to contribute our research to a generation-integrated society.


In the courses oft he Institute for Sport and Exercise Science we teach methodological, scientific, and health-psychological knowledge and skills. We empower students in their later professional life to act in a methodologically, scientifically, and ethically sound manner.

Continuing Education

We lead the online-based, part-time continuing education course Integrated Gerontology (www.master-gerontologie.de). The course meets the challenges of demographic change. An interdisciplinary approach, it leads to a comprehensive ability to recognize, conduct and benefit from the demographic change. The Master of Science degree qualifies the students to take responsibility for the aging of people and organizations, to take over and support the processes within the organization, and be able to respond to the challenges of aging.