Prof. Dr. Jana Goriup is Head of the Chair of Social Gerontology Alma Mater Europaea - ECM, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Researcher and Multiple Head of The Department of Sociology at the Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor; co-author of the DMV and sociology and interdisciplinary social sciences programmes. Her field of pedagogical, research and professional work focuses on the sociology of education and family sociology, sociology of health and illness and social gerontology. She is a member of the editorial boards of Didactica Slovenica - Pedagogical Horizons and Acta Technologica Dubnicae.
Among her major activities are research in the fields of several sociological disciplines: family sociology, sociology of health and illness, sociology of medicine and sociology of education and social gerontology. She is the author of several scientific and professional articles and monographs; she also co-authored scientific monographs aimed to the professional and the saer public; for the rest, she prepared study materials. She is a member of several international research groups for adult education, in which she researches adult education from the Enlightenment to the present , the impact of globalisation on the knowledge society and intergenerational learning, the social goals of adult education in a learning society, demographic trends based on gerontological understandings of social changes, ageism and stereotypes towards the elderly and their social isolation, the importance of adult education for understanding intensive ageing and age, dying and certain aspects of the experience of death, as well as the role of nursing and medicine in the grip of the changed values of postmodern society. She is also still researching new paradigms of family and partner life theories, competences and changed attitudes towards the lives of the elderly. As a co-organizer and active participant on several international scientific symposiums and scientific conferences at home and abroad, she contributed to the recognition of current processes in postmodern society in Slovene society and abroad.