I am pleased to announce the renaming of the Institute of Active Ageing to the Research Centre for Gerontology and Family Studies. Our new name reflects the expansion of our agenda of research, education and practice to a broader scope of gerontology and family studies. The Innovative Active Ageing Hub (IAA Hub) will be affiliated with the Centre. It is set up specifically to manage the affairs of our members.

In the context of rapid population ageing, the Institute of Active Ageing (IAA) was established in 2010 under the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. During the past 12 years, IAA has developed a strong community base with a pool of more than 5,700 active ager members, and has carried out a number of impactful interdisciplinary research, education and practical projects.

In June 2022, our efforts and outcomes were recognised by PolyU’s central management and additional financial support had been provided to reinforce our positive reputation and achievements, to maximise our social impact for the betterment of our ageing society and to expand our operations. Therefore, IAA will be further developed into a research centre to embrace a more comprehensive agenda of gerontology and family studies for its future research, education and practice activities.

Thanks to the support of our collaborators and donors, IAA has become a hub of research, education and practice on active ageing at the local and international levels. Our newly renamed Research Centre for Gerontology and Family Studies looks forward to creating and continuing collaborations with community members from all walks of life and institutional donors to increase our synergetic spirit and lead the Centre to the next milestone in its development.

​(Nov 2023)


Professor BAI Xue

Director, Research Centre for Gerontology and Family Studies


Programme Leader of BA(Hons) in Applied Ageing Studies and Service Management

Department of Applied Social Sciences

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University