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Human development and aging are areas of tremendous potential for science as well society. The Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Foundation aims to advance research in developmental psychology and gerontology and to underline its relevance in science and society. It encourages researchers to dedicate projects and careers to these fields and to widen the empirical and theoretical understanding of humans and society in adulthood and old age. It aims to highlight societal initiatives that point to the relevance of such research.

Margret and Paul Baltes furthered fundamental scientific thinking and at the same time they wanted concrete social application of the yielded insights. It is the mission of the Foundation to foster the productive linkage between research and society. For this purpose, it supports outstanding scientific achievement and paradigmatic societal initiatives.