The project team consists of specialists combining expertise in both ageing and media research:


Prof. Dr. Jonathan Bennett

Director of the Institute on Ageing at the Bern University of Applied Sciences. An experienced and highly prolific gerontological researcher, he has written a large number of scientific articles focusing on ageing and society. One of his research interests is age and the use of new media.


Dr. Karen Torben-Nielsen

Lecturer at the Institute on Ageing at the Bern University of Applied Sciences, specialized in the international media coverage of the Ageing Society. As a former newspaper journalist, she now combines media research with investigations about the societal implications of the population ageing.


Prof. Dr. Stephan Russ-Mohl

Professor of Journalism and Media Management at the University of Lugano and Director of the European Journalism Observatory. A specialist in the field of journalism and media research, he has written manifold publications dealing with -among other topics- comparative media research.


Prof. Dr. Regula Hänggli

Prof. Dr. Regula Hänggli, associate professor at the University of Fribourg. She is specialized in media frame building and public opinion formation, which are also at the center of her academic publications. She has an advising role in the project, focusing on the methodological design.


Former Staff Member: Demian Halter

Demian Halter holds a bachelor’s degree in English Languages and Literatures and political science from the University of Bern; and a  master’s degree in Public Management and Policy (PMP) from the University of Bern and the Università della Svizzera italiana.


Pascal Tschumi

Pascal Tschumi holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Geography from the University of Bern. He is now a master’s student in the same disciplines. In the Swiss Ageing Society project, he works as a student assistant.


Former Staff Member: Anna Schmid

Anna Schmid is a student research assistant at the Institute on Ageing at the Bern University of Applied Sciences. She has a teacher education and is now in an interdisciplinary master study program in Family, Children and Youth Studies at the University of Fribourg.


Former Staff Member: Sara Bellicini

Sara Bellicini has a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication and is currently a master's student in Media Management at the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano. Within the Swiss Ageing Society project she was responsible for the website concept and implementation.