University of Southampton is constantly getting involved in partnerships with other universities, centres and organisations. I receive weekly university emails regarding talks, workshops and exhibitions that are available to university of Southampton students without any costs. I have attended many of these talks and participated in workshops within my time so far at southampton. They have helped broaden my knowledge into modules I have studied and also enabled me to gain an insight into possibilities for my future career path.
Last week, I received an email regarding an exhibition currently on display at the University titled ‘how to get to 100 and enjoy it’. As a demographer I have studied the current trends of ageing populations thoroughly so this exhibition immediately stemmed my interest. The next day in between lectures along with some of my course friends I visited the display. This major interactive exhibition brought by the CPC (centre for population change) has been well travelled across Europe with the aim to show the results regarding the issues surrounding demographic changes. The University of Southampton has partnered up with the CPC to be involved In a network to bring together centres across Europe.
The major problems behind people’s enjoyment of life are often disguised by statistical figures such as the total fertility rate of women, employment ratio and mortality rate. This exhibition displayed the most recent results of population research in a simple and interactive way. The exhibition is separated into different sections of the factors affecting the chances to live to 100 with an interactive iPad at each station allowing you to explore these issues. I think this is great as it allows interactive learning through pictures, graphs, text and interviews in order to increase the publics knowledge of the causes and consequences of population change. Whilst I was at the exhibition it allowed me to consider my chances of living to 100 by taking into account where I live, lifestyle, family life etc and how this could be different if I was born 50 years earlier or later. For example, 1 in 3 babies born in 2013 will live to 100 yet 8% of men and 14% of women who are aged 65 today will live to 100 (ONS, 2013). This comparison demonstrates the large increase of life expectancy over time and the advantage babies born today have. I would definitely recommend this exhibition to Southampton students even if it’s not relevant to your course of study as it involves your future and the generations to come. The exhibition is touring 7 different cities across the UK so have a look if it will be near you anytime soon to plan an interactive insight into population change.
For further information on the exhibition please visit: http://www.liveto100.cpc.ac.uk/home/
Here are some photos I took at the exhibition at the University of Southampton-