On November 5, 2019 the 8th Graduate Symposium of the Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research took place in the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing. This festive event takes place annually to celebrate the graduation of those students that have successfully completed their graduate school curriculum. This year, eleven graduate students presented their work in different areas of ageing research such as homeostasis, genome machinery in ageing, metabolism as well as longevity and diseases. Each session was accompanied by a key note lecture given by an invited, international renowned expert in the ageing research field: Giovanna Mallucci (University of Cambridge, UK), William Mair (Harvard T.H. Chan Scool of Public health, USA) and Ronald Wek (Indiana University School of Medicine, USA). The one-day Symposium was financially supported by Nexcelom, New England Biolabs, Thermo Fisher, Promega, Reprotech and Techniker Krankenkasse.