The Institute for Future Studies in Health and Social Management (IZGS) is a research institute linked to EHD, University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt/Germany. Its major focus on and research activities are on general themes that are highly relevant to the future of our society. Beneficiaries of the research are people whose lives are, or will be, affected by technical and social change. In addition, the IZGS supports service providers – state-owned, commercial or non-profit - in the development and placement of new products. In this manner, members of the Institute intend to supply people with key social services and health products in the future. In different projects the Institute creates solutions in health and social management with a special focus on a society in change. Demographic developments, technical innovations and political, economic and social changes pose new questions. With an interdisciplinary team of scientists, the Institute contributes to the research into and solution of the challenges resulting from that.