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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

GWG Salutogenesis webinar for the 70th Anniversary of IUHPE

Applying Salutogenesis for Health Promotion, Principles and Experiences of Positive Action

22/04/2021, 2 pm CET

This webinar aims to engage participants in an interactive discussion sharing how Salutogenesis principles can be used to design action strategies in health promotion. The session will bring to light the aims and activities of the Global Working Group on Salutogenesis and their contribution of a salutogenic approach to the IUHPE and other scientific programs. The speakers will critically consider how we can apply Salutogenesis principles to design action strategies using three examples from the field including conflict settings, health promotion contexts, and in politics and policy making.

GWG Salutogenesis webinar for the 70th Anniversary of IUHPE