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A transdisciplinary platform for scientific exchange


Welcome to the homepage of the Society for Theory And Research on Salutogenesis (STARS)! The Society was founded by the Global Working Group (GWG) on Salutogenesis of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) in 2017. Its overarching aim is to advance and promote the science of Salutogenesis by connecting research and researches around the globe.


On this website, you can find more information about STARS, follow recent news and events on Salutogenesis, and learn about upcoming conferences. Also, you can become a member of the STARS. Membership is entirely free, and there are no preconditions, such as having published articles on Salutogenesis. Members have free access to the Sense of Coherence (SOC) Scales and can follow and contribute to ongoing discussions about Salutogenesis on the forum.

We invite everyone to download the freely accessible classic books by Aaron Antonovsky and the Handbook of Salutogenesis, published by the GWG in 2017, which provides an in-depth overview of the most recent scientific developments and practical applications of Salutogenesis in its broadest sense.


The Center of Salutogenesis at the University of Zurich in Switzerland is coordinating the STARS Society website. We invite all of you to share publications or any other work and updates on Salutogenesis, thereby advancing and promoting the science of Salutogenesis in a comprehensible, manageable, and meaningful way.

You can follow STARS on Twitter to learn about recently published studies on Salutogenesis and get regular updates related to STARS.

The Latest News and Events

Salutogenesis and Coping

New open access book on how to overcome stress and conflicts

This Special Issue aims to explore the concepts of stress, coping resources, and coping strategies, which are rooted in several theories, such as the stress and coping theory and the salutogenesis theory, and to understand how their core constructs are manifested in various ethnic and cultural groups around the world. It includes 13 articles on salutogenesis and coping from different disciplinary, socio-cultural, historical, political, and economic perspectives. These articles address salutogenesis on the individual, organizational, and societal levels.

Salutogenesis and Coping

Free EFAD webinar

An introduction to Salutogenesis: how to apply salutogenic principles in your dietetic practice?

11th June 12:00 - 13:00 CEST

The salutogenic orientation focuses on assets and resources for health leading to positive outcomes. It is complementary to the pathogenic orientation that is concerned with risk factors leading to disease outcomes. Applied to dietetic practice, salutogenesis aims to actively involve clients in a learning process towards healthier eating. Research findings show that this can be achieved through reflection, food-life storytelling and the construction of meaning and purpose to eating in everyday-life. In this 1-hour webinar, we will explain salutogenic principles and exchange ideas on how to apply these principles to dietetic practice.

Free EFAD webinar