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SIforAGE organizes the event “Towards A Europe for All Ages” at the European Parliament

30 May / 2016
  European Commission  |  .

SIforAGE project organized an event that took place on the 18th of April, 2016 on the premises of the European Parliament (Brussels, Belgium). SIforAGE organized an international one-day event entitled “Towards ‘A Europe for All Ages’” together with the European Parliament’s “Intergroup on Active Ageing, Intergenerational Solidarity and Families Policies” to discuss social innovation strategies and policy recommendations for active and healthy ageing policies at the European Union. The aim was to make a contribution on this debate by bringing together policy-makers from the European Parliament, some of the most relevant civil society representatives, as well as some of the most prominent international scholars researching on the field of ageing.

The main topics addressed in the event concerned the life-course perspective through the lens of the Active and Healthy Ageing paradigm by raising questions such as: what are the core concepts of the Life-Course Perspective paradigm in which policy-making should be framed in order to grant Active and Healthy Ageing for European Citizens? How do views from the Life-Course Perspective help to ensure that EU policies overcome the current understanding of ageing and demographic change as a problem to be solved? How to create effective strategies on how to bring about a positive economic impact?

SIforAGE project recommendation is to answer to the ageing challenge with one word, innovation. The Social Innovation Incubator developed by SIforAGE brings together a large number of stakeholders whose work is involved with AHA and provides them with opportunities to exchange ideas, to benefit from mutual collaboration across Europe, and to disseminate their results through five Knowledge Management Units (KMUs). The Social Innovation Incubator provides added value to research by drawing together well-established innovative experiences. 

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SIforAGE spreading its message at the International BIA Week, (Baltic International Academy)

24 May / 2016
  lleida  |  Unviersity of LLeida
Ieva Stončikaitė, member of the SIforAGE Consortium Partner Grup Dedal-Lit (University of Lleida), took part in an Erasmus + mobility project, International BIA Week, organised by the Baltic International Academy in Riga, Latvia, from 9th to 13th May 2016. During the event she presented and disseminated the SIforAGE Project, and the International Conference “Envisioning a New World: Social Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing”, which is to be held in Barcelona, on the 19th, 20th, and 21st October 2016. The participants acquired knowledge and specific know-how from good practice, expanded their professional networks, reinforced the cooperation with partner institutions, and discussed the possibilities to create spin-off effects like development of joint courses or modules, academic networks, research collaboration, etc. The round table discussions addressed issues such as criteria of evaluation of design quality, integration of advanced information technologies into entrepreneurship, and European processes and conflict resolution. Current demographic shifts in Europe and ageing were among the most important topics addressed in the event. In addition to the training week, Ieva Stončikaitė also presented a paper at the VI International, Scientific and Practical Conference for Young Scientists and Students held in Riga, entitled “Time of challenges and opportunities: problems, solutions and prospects”. The conference placed the main focus on areas such as economics and finance; management and European studies; information and communication sciences; culturology, history, philology; cross-cultural communication and translation, among other topics. Ieva Stončikaitė’s paper was based on the presentation of the SIforAGE project and innovative solutions with sustainable impact to improve the life of older people. She stressed the promotion of inter-generational dialogue and the development of more integrated learning methods in formal educational systems and informal learning approaches within the framework of the concept of “lifelong learning.”

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SIforAGE International Conference: Key speakers announced and official website released

16 May / 2016
  siforage  |  SIforAGE

The SIforAGE International Conference, entitled “Envisioning a New World: Social innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing”, will be held during the 19th and 20th of October at the Universitat de Barcelona and on the 21st of October CaixaForum Barcelona. On the 19th and 20th of October the conference will be devoted to a more technical analysis of the ageing challenge from a myriad of perspectives. In addition, on the last day, the 21st of October, the event will be focused in both the presentation and dissemination of the results of the SIforAGE Proyect, and to a divulgative round table with policy makers who will address from a comprehensive point of view the demographic challenge in Europe. For the technical event held at the University of Barcelona, we have the great honor to count with Professor Jean-Pierre Michel and Professor Margaret Gullette. For the event at the Caixa Forum we are delighted to count both with Dr. Parminder Ralna, Dr. Tom Kikwood, and Dr. Elizabetz Mestheneos. More names will come shortly. For more information and if you wish to submit an abstract go the official SIforAGE International Conference website:

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The exhibition “A Full Life” by photographer Ana Portnoy hosted at the Espai “LaCaixa” Sagrada Família

04 May / 2016
  siforage  |  SIforAGE

From the 4th of April until the 15th of April, the Espai “LaCaixa” Sagrada Família hosted the exhibition “A Full Life” by the GISME-UB photographer Ana Portnoy. It was inaugurated by her, Dr. Javier Tejada (director of GISME), Ander Errasti (SIforAGE project manager) and Jaume Soler (responsible of the Espai “LaCaixa” Sagrada Família) during a successful event that brought together people from different areas and countries to enjoy great examples of active and healthy ageing.

“These portraits belong to women and men who, after reaching the age of 70, are still living their life at its fullest” says Ana Portnoy. “They come from different fields but they all share the same attitude towards life, which is reflected in their clean and deep looks”. “I photographed them in their environment, with natural light, trying to capture with transparency the vital energy they transmitted me” finishes the photographer.

This exposition was just the first one of a series of exhibitions which will take place in different cities. The next one will be in September, at the Universitat de Lleida. During the following months, we will inform you about this next step. 

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SIforAGE International Conference: Call for Papers deadline extended

03 May / 2016
  siforage  |  SIforAGE

The SIforAGE International Conference, titled “Envisioning a New World: Social Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing”, will be held on the 19th and 20th of October at the Universitat de Barcelona and on the 21st at the CaixaForum Barcelona.

So far, the SIforAGE project has received many abstracts and posters following the Call for Papers, but we would like to receive more. That is why the deadline to receive abstracts and posters has been extended until the 22nd of May.

Participants are requested to present papers and posters that will draw on experience in a wide variety of areas relating to Social Innovation for Active and Healthy Age. For more information visit the section “Call for Papers” on the SIforAGE International Conference website:

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