Call for Abstracts: SIGMA Research Symposium 2023


The Centre for Research on Successful Ageing (ROSA) and Hitotsubashi University (HU) will co-organise the inaugural SIGMA Research Symposium 2023 on the 11th and 12th of May 2023 at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan. The symposium is a key initiative of the Societal Impact and Global Management Alliance (SIGMA)*, of which SMU and HU are members.

The overall theme for the symposium is “Ageing and Well-being over the Life Course”, and presentations will be further categorized into four sub-themes as follows: 

  1. Economic well-being: this theme encompasses but is not limited to understanding various aspects of individuals’ access to economic resources and their capacity to contribute to an individual’s needs and aspirations, as well as their ability to cope with the financial implications of risks (such as health-care costs, loss of income through unemployment or the sudden onset of unfortunate events) 
  2. Mental well-being: this theme encompasses but is not limited to both subjective and cognitive aspects of mental well-being, for instance the experience of pleasant and unpleasant feelings and satisfaction with one’s life, as well as one’s cognitive functioning and vulnerability to conditions such as dementia 
  3. Physical well-being: this theme encompasses but is not limited to epidemiological studies of the incidence of chronic disease and mortality rates among older adults, the study of health behaviours, as well as shifting notions of physical ability and health from the onset of disease to the concept of intrinsic capacity 
  4. Social well-being: this theme encompasses but is not limited to both subjective and objective dimensions of social well-being, for instance the social network resources of older adults, as well as older adults’ subjective assessments of their integration within their communities or the issue of loneliness and social isolation among older adults 

We would like to invite members of the SMU community with research relevant to these themes to submit their abstracts for consideration for the symposium. The deadline for the submission is the 13th of February 2023, and abstracts should be no longer than 500 words in length. Selected abstracts will be invited to present at the symposium in Tokyo, Japan, in May. Further information on the call for abstracts, as well as information on submitting your abstracts, can be found here. Successful applicants will be responsible for their own flight, accommodations and per-diems.

More information on the symposium can be found here. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at  

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and hope to be able to see you at the Symposium this May! 


*About SIGMA

The Societal Impact and Global Management Alliance (SIGMA) is a global network of universities established in 2015 to promote cooperation on research endeavours, teaching innovation, and the dissemination of knowledge in management and the social sciences. The nine members of SIGMA are: SMU, Copenhagen Business School, ESADE Business and Law School, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Hitotsubashi University, Renmin University of China, Université Paris Dauphine-PSL, University of St.Gallen and Vienna University of Economics and Business.

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