|To further research in developmental psychology
Aging research and developmental psychology were the life works
of Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes. Their world view and research was
marked by a positive attitude towards aging and the possibilities of
further maturing as well as leading a happy and meaningful life in
the later phases of one’s biography. Nevertheless the Baltes’ did
not ignore either the particular individual difficulties and
anxieties old age comes with nor the necessity of societal
enlightenment and change. They were aware of the increasing societal
relevance of the topic of aging and of the abundance of new urgent
questions emerging that demand intense research on aging. Paul B.
Baltes set up the Foundation in 1999 with the purpose to honor
Margret and to continue their common concern by this means. It was
most important for him to support young researchers and – with his
and Margret’s own international background – German-American
cooperation. After the founder’s passing in 2006 the executive board
renamed the Foundation to its current name and expanded its tasks.
The Foundation now aims to advance research in developmental
psychology and gerontology in general. In doing so, the Foundation
keeps the spirit of Margret and Paul Baltes alive and brings it
forward into the present and future.