Early-career scientists need to have a broad view of where their research field is heading so that they can choose a niche where they can make important and innovative contributions, and eventually establish themselves as independent researchers.
In the field of aging research, this challenge has been made a little easier by the release of the FUTURAGE Road Map, which is to constitute the European research agenda for aging over the next decade. Funded by the European Union, the FUTURAGE two-year consultation gathers the opinions of the field’s research leaders, medical professionals, policy makers, industry, and older people across Europe to identify seven priority research themes illustrated by specific research questions.
The seven priority themes are:
- healthy aging for more life in years;
- maintaining and regaining mental capacity;
- inclusion and participation in the community and in the labour market;
- guaranteeing the quality and sustainability of social protection systems;
- aging well at home and in community environments;
- unequal aging and age-related inequalities;
- biogerontology: from mechanisms to interventions.
You can find the full Road Map here
Earlier this year Science Careers ran a monthly series with a Focus on Aging for advice on how to develop a career in one of the many fields pertaining to aging research.