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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 researchers 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 and 2022 (second edition), 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

A tribute to prof. Jürgen M. Pelikan

With sadness, we say goodbye to Prof. Jürgen M. Pelikan who passed away last month. He has been part of our IUHPE Global Working Group on Salutogenesis from the very beginning in 2007. He contributed his deep knowledge from the fields of sociology, health sciences, psychology, philosophy and beyond to advance the concepts of Salutogenesis, health, health literacy, and health promotion. As a sociologist, he always reminded us of the social origins of health and was devoted to contributing to social justice and health equity in our societies. With his work on health-promoting hospitals, he also had a profound practical impact. We deeply thank Jürgen for being a true colleague and friend who inspired our minds and who touched our hearts with his warm personality. We will deeply miss him. Our empathy is with his family and friends.

A tribute to prof. Jürgen M. Pelikan

Salutogenesis & Holistic Health

An international webinar series

Institute of Salutogenesis and Complementary Medicine in collaboration with the Indian Yoga Association organizes an International Webinar Series. The webinars take place every Tuesday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm (IST) starting on March 9th and going until April 27th. Full program and a registration in the link below.

Salutogenesis & Holistic Health

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