Grants and Prizes

We are thrilled to announce the prize winner of the Sohlberg Prize and the winner of the Prize for Promising Researcher in Gerontology! Both awardees will be presenting a lecture during the prize ceremony at the 27NKG congress.

Portrait of Teppo Kröger, head and shoulders

Photo: Kristiina Kontoniemi

The Sohlberg Prize 2024 is awarded to Professor Teppo Kröger at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Professor Kröger has been engaged in research on ageing since the mid-1990s and has long experience leading national and international research projects. He has an extensive and impressive list of publications on various topics including eldercare services from all the parties involved (frail older persons, their families and paid care workers).

Teppo Kröger was appointed as Professor of Social and Public Policy at the University of Jyväskylä in 2011. Since 2018, he has been the Director and Principal Investigator of the Centre of Excellence in Research and Care and Team Leader of its Research Group 1 ‘Ageing and Comparative Care Policy’.

The Prize for Promising Researcher in Gerontology 2024 is awarded to Kaisa Koivunen, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Kaisa Koivunen is a versatile researcher in the field of gerontology. Her main interests are in public health, physical functioning, and specifically systemic resilience and psychometrics.

Koivunen defended her doctoral thesis “Resilience in Old Age: Physical Performance and Psychosocial Factors in Changing Sociocultural Contexts and as a Resource in Adversities” at the University of Jyväskylä in 2021. Since then, Koivunen has continued her academic research as a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä.

At present, she is working on her research project “Resilience and Aging Well: A Complex Systems Approach”.