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Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. h.c. Andreas Kruse is professor in ordinary and director of the Institute of Gerontology (University Heidelberg). From 2007 to 2011 he was dean of the Faculty for Behavioral and Cultural Studies (University Heidelberg). He made his university studies in the subjects of Psychology, Philosophy (University Aachen and Bonn) and Music (State Conservatory, Cologne). He was a conferral of a doctorate in Psychology (Bonn University, summa cum laude et egregia), he made his habilitation treatise in Psychology (Heidelberg University), he held a professorship (chair) in Developmental Psychology and was founding director of the Institute of Psychology (Greifswald University). He got the honorary doctorate of the Faculty for Human Sciences (University of Osnabrück), he was visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Copenhagen, and the University of Lund, he got the Cross of the Order of Merit (by the hands of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Prof. Dr. Köhler). He got the 1st International Presidential Award of the International Association of Gerontology, the René Schubert Award of the German Society for Gerontology and Geriatrics, the Max Bürger Award of the German Society of Gerontology, and the 1st Intergenerational Award of the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate. He is member of the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (2009-2014), he had the chair of the German government’s Expert Commission for the German National Report on the Situation of Older People (2003 – 2011), he was a member of the 12-person Expert Committee of the Secretary General of the United Nations to draw up the Second International Plan of Action on Ageing (2000 – 2002).