Welcome to Older People - Food, Health, Eating, Meals and Nutrition. Applying different methodological and scientific approaches.


The aim of the course is to discuss theoretical as well as empirical research about health, food, meals and nutrition in relation to older people. Hence, the PhD course approaches PhD students with in this field of research and gives participants the opportunity to explore new aspects of relevance for their study. That being the topics related to how, why and what older people are eating  – or even broader the study of organisations, intervention studies and cultural experiences related to older people, food and health.

The course will be a three days course, and a follow up one-day congress.

Participants are encouraged to present research based on qualitative as well as quantitative data, since a primary aim of the course is to embrace different methodological scientific perspectives.

The course approaches PhD students who are in the beginning as well as ending of their studies. Each PhD student must deliver a draft paper before the course – representing reflections on core literature both scientific and methodological. Furthermore, each student must each review two papers (one quantitative and one qualitative). Based on your own paper, each student delivers a 10-15 minutes presentation, on which one expert/lecturer and two reviewers (phd students) will give feedback. This feedback are to be used as inspiration for revision of the paper.



1)      Draft paper (4-6 Pages)

2)      Presentation at the course

3)      Review and discussion of two papers

4)      Revision of draft paper prepared for publication in a relevant/selected journal

Keynote speakers will be invited to the PhD course to offer overviews of the state of art of qualitative as well as quantitative based studies in the field with the aim of encouraging critical studies and new insights and knowledge.


The course offers

1)      Key note speakers in the study of older people and the roles of food, meals, eating, health and nutrition

2)      A forum to present and discuss theoretical approaches with other peers

3)      The opportunity to present your PhD research at various stages of completion and receive critical comments, through a paper and presentation

4)      Insight into funding opportunities

Please contact the organizers with the following information: Project title, problem statement, methods, mail address and full name.

Organizer: Niels Heine Kristensen, Anne Marie Beck, Irene Nørlund, Line Hesselvig Krogh

Lecturers: Niels Heine Kristensen, Anne Marie Beck, Irene Nørlund, Keynote and funding lectures - in process


Time: 11-13 May and 1 July 2016

Place:  Alborg University, Copenhagen. A.C Meyers Vænge 15, room ACM15 3.084A

Zip code: 2450

City: Copenhagen SV

Number of seats: 12

Deadline: April 20, 2016

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.