At a Glance
  • Status: Completed Consortium
  • Year Launched: 2008
  • Initiating Organization: European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme
  • Initiator Type: Government
  • No disease focus
  • Location: Europe


WhyWeAge shall organize preparatory workshops on thematic issues before a final summit conference where final texts will be agreed upon before publication. Each workshop will include intense discussion on which research directions in each particular field should be prioritized to obtain maximum benefit within the foreseeable future. WhyWeAge will facilitate discussion of a “brainstorming” nature rather than on a series of scientific workshops aimed at presenting scientific results. All participants will be asked to prepare their contributions to the workshop by answering a list of questions sent to them at least one month in advance. Each thematic workshop will send a maximum of 4 delegates (2 elected and the 1 or 2 partners in charge of organizing the thematic workshop) to the final summit conference. These delegates will carry the messages formulated at their respective thematic workshops. The negotiated documents emerging from the summit conference will serve as a reference tool for further support of European policies on ageing, considering other stakeholders in the field who will also be invited to participate and share their views.


The main goals of the WhyWeAge workshops are to identify emerging fields of interest for molecular gerontology which could allow great scientific achievements and applications of socio-economic interest and to inform the stakeholders, including the European Commission, dealing with scientific research via the production of a policy document entitled: ‘A road map for molecular gerontology research in Europe’.

Consortium History

For a list of workshops held by WhyWeAge, click here

Structure & Governance

A project of the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme


Financed by the  European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme

Points of Contact

Béatrice Rayet:

Sponsors & Partners

1. Olivier Toussaint (Coordinator). URBC- Facultés Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP), Namur, Belgium.

2. Graham Pawelec. Tübingen Ageing and Tumour Immunology (TATI) Group - Center for Medical Research (ZMF)- University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany.

3. Claudio Franceschi. Department of Experimental Pathology, Laboratory of Immunology, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.

4. Pascal Sommer. Institut de Biologie et Chimie des Protéines (IBCP), Equipe Protéines matricielles et assemblage tissulaire, UMR 5086 CNRS - UCBL1 Lyon, France.

5. Stathis Gonos. National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF), Institute of Biological Research and Biotechnology, Programme of molecular and cellular ageing, Athens, Greece.

6. Gillian Butler-Browne. UMRS 974 –INSERM/Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6 (UPMC)//UMR 7512 Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Institute of Myology, Paris, France.

7. Jorge Erusalimsky. The Cellular Senescence and Vascular Biology Group, School of Health Sciences, University of Wales Institute (UWIC), Cardiff, United-Kingdom.

8. Pidder Jansen-Dürr. Institute for Biomedical Aging Research (IBA), Austrian Academy of Sciences (OAW), Innsbruck, Austria.

9. Alexander Bürkle. Molecular toxicology groupUniversity of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany.

10. Bertrand Friguet. University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris, France. 

11. Tom Kirkwood/ Daryl Shanley. Institute for ageing and health (IAH), Newcastle University, Newcastle, United-Kingdom.

12. Barbara Demeneix. Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle - CNRS UMR7221, Regulation by thyroid hormones team, Paris, France.

13. Christian Swine. Geriatric medicine department, UCL University hospital Mont-Godinne, Mont-Godinne, Belgium.

14. Michel Salmon. StratiCELL, Gembloux-Les Isnes, Belgium.

15. Greg Bartosz. Department of Molecular Biophysics, University of Łódź,  Łódź, Poland.

16. Csaba Soti. Molecular Chaperone Lab of the Department of Medical Chemistry, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary.

The advisors for WhyWeAge are:

Christos C. Zouboulis. Departments of Dermatology, Venereology, Allergology and Immunology, Dessau Medical Center, Dessau, Germany.

Brian Clark. University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark.

Last Updated: 06/21/2017

The Consortia-pedia Catalogue is a living resource, and we are always adding new consortia. Provide information here about your collaboration to apply to be included in the Catalogue.

All the information contained in the Consortia-pedia was collected from publically available sources. Decisions to include or exclude a particular listing from Consortia-pedia were also made on the basis of publically available information and the criteria outlined in the FAQs. This site is intended to be an objective resource for the community, and inclusion does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or approval by FasterCures or the Milken Institute.