Understanding Ageing and Mobility

The Joint Doctorate Program MOVE-AGE is funded by the European Commission as part of the Erasmus Mundus program. Approximately 40 PhD students received a fellowship to study how mobility can be maintained during ageing. Loss of mobility with ageing is a vast and rapidly growing social and economic problem worldwide. In MOVE-AGE this problem stands central. Addressing it through translational research provides an excellent platform to train a new generation of future scientists.
The projects have been or are still being supervised by top-level researchers from at least two of the three participating institutes: MOVE (currently AMS) of VU Amsterdam, the Institute for Biomedical Research into Human Movement and Health of Manchester Metropolitan University and the Doctoral School Exercise and Physical Activity in Health and Disease of the KU Leuven.

Locations of Principal Academic Partners

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Department of Human Movement Sciences, Van der Boechorststraat 7-9, 1081 BT Amsterdam

KU Leuven

KU Leuven, Belgium

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Distribution of responsibilities

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Department of Human Movement Sciences

  • Kinesiology 100% 100%
  • Physiology 80% 80%
  • Neuroscience 25% 25%

Manchester Metropolitan University

Institute for Biomedical Research into Human Movement and Health (IRM)

  • Kinesiology 80% 80%
  • Muscle Physiology 50% 50%
  • Medical Sciences 25% 25%

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Doctoral School of Biomedical Sciences

  • Kinesiology 100% 100%
  • Electrophysiology 50% 50%
  • Neuroscience 25% 25%


An intensive and successful cooperation of all associated  European top universities…


In collaboration with dedicated industrial and research partner institutions…


The total duration of the project is 5 years…


Scientific work is the past output of the network…

Our tasks and results

Amsterdam Movement Science | AMS


The mission to provide a reference for structured doctoral training in the field of ageing and mobility by:

  • developing and expanding a knowledge base for basic understanding of factors limiting and enhancing mobility in an ageing population,
  • developing and disseminating methods and tools for integrative study of human mobility,
  • establishing structured links between scientists, health care and public health professionals, and related industry.

This will be achieved through original and independent research by the PhD students in a strong interactive, interdisciplinary and international network in which PhD students work closely together with basic scientists, engineers, and clinicians as well as SMEs and public health and health care professionals.


#1 Team Member
Jaap van Dieën
Program Coordinator
Andreas Daffertshofer

Official network news

For more information see

Cooperation Partners

Industrial Organizations

This project has received funding from the European Commission as part of the Erasmus Mundus programme with grant numbers:
2011-0015, 2012-1704, 2013-1460, 2014-0691, 2015-1614/001–001–EMJD

Get In Touch.

If you are interested in working together, send us an inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

Other networks



Complex Oscillatory Systems: Modeling and Analysis. In this EU-funded Marie Skłodowska Curie ITN, 15 ESRs are being trained in nonlinear dynamics, numerical methods, statistical mechanics and, where needed, basics of neuroscience, physiology, and system biology.



Assessing Arm Function Recovery Post-Stroke. Goal of this EU-funded 4D-EEG project is to develop innovative methods for accurate localization of brain activity patterns and quantification of the interactions between multiple brain areas.