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City lecture series in the city center of Hof: “Age research in focus”

“Factors influencing the development of intelligence and the decline of cognitive abilities in old age” is the title of the second city lecture that Hof University of Applied Sciences is inviting interested members of the public to attend on Wednesday, May 8 at 5.30 p.m. in Hof city center, more precisely in the student café “Zur Auszeit”. Professor Cynthia Sende, business psychologist, will be speaking there on the topic of ageing research. With this series of events, the university would like to share the secrets of its researchers.

Dealing with questions of ageing research: Prof. Dr. Cynthia Sende; Image: private;

People with higher cognitive abilities are not only more successful in the education system, but also in their careers. They are less likely to live in poverty and more likely to enjoy a healthy and long life. But is high intelligence always an advantage or is it possible to be “too intelligent”? Intelligence is influenced by our genes even more than our personality. Nevertheless, we are not helplessly at the mercy of biology. What can we do to develop our mental strength in the best possible way in childhood and adolescence? What options do we have to slow down the decline in our mental capacity as we get older? And is there perhaps even hope of offsetting our genetic risk through our lifestyle in the case of Alzheimer’s dementia, which threatens the independence and quality of life of many people in old age? Or does our fate ultimately lie in our genes – or in the hands of the pharmaceutical industry?

University wants to reach out to citizens

For several years now, Hof University of Applied Sciences has been tasked with having an impact on society as part of its “third mission”. This third pillar stands directly alongside the other two, namely teaching and research. “Particularly in today’s increasingly flattening and brutalizing public debate, we as a university want to bring complex and reflective ideas back to the public,” says Prof. Dr. Valentin Plenk, Vice President for Research and Development. The aim is to show that a serious, scientific discourse does not necessarily have to be boring and incomprehensible.


For this reason, Hof University of Applied Sciences invites you to a “City Lecture Series”, which is explicitly aimed at the city of Hof and the surrounding districts. The venue is the student café “Zur Auszeit”, so that there is also a link between “up in the university” and “down in the city”. A maximum of 60 people can take part, the order of registration applies. The event is free of charge, drinks are self-pay.

You can register now here…

Further date information:
The last date of the “Stadtvorlesungen” in the summer semester will take place on June 26: Von Cyborgs und Digitalen Lebewesen: How generative AI and virtual realities are changing human life (and death)”, Prof. Dr. Andreas Wagener; 5.30-7.00 pm, location: student café “Zur Auszeit”, Karolinenstraße 30, 95028 Hof (registration possible from May 9).

Anne-Christine Habbel

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