We4AHA at the Knowledge Exchange Platform Peer-to-Peer Event: “Active ageing as a tool for social innovation”

We4AHA at the Knowledge Exchange Platform Peer-to-Peer Event: “Active ageing as a tool for social innovation”
Horizon 2020

23rd – 24th January 2020, Trieste (Italy)

This week, ECHAlliance will be at the conference “Active ageing as a tool for social innovation”, promoted by the Regional Assembly of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region as part of the initiatives of the “Knowledge exchange platform” (KEP).

The KEP is the result of the cooperation between the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the European Commission’s DG for Research and Innovation (DG RTD). Its main objective is to present and share new R&I solutions, innovative products and best practices in response to the social challenges that European regions and cities are facingtoday. KEP actions are implemented in the thematic research and innovation areas of Industry 4.0 and Social Innovation through Thematic Seminars (TS), Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Events and Showcasing Events (SE).

Specifically, this P2P Event is the result of a debate that began last year within the frame of the European Week of Regions and Cities in the domain of the Social Innovation thematic area. Through the KEP, the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions aim to disseminate information at a local level in order to receive guidance for the implementation of future policies. This platform, based on exchanges of experience, is intended to be a tool for listening to local/regional stakeholders and policy makers. It is based on the principle of co-creation and “listen and use your inputs”.

On Thursday 23rd January 2020, Jose Usero (We4AHA Coordinator, Funka) and Valentina Tageo (ECHAlliance International Projects Director and We4AHA Work Package Leader) will speak at the panel session titled ‘Setting the EU framework on Active and Healthy Ageing’.

In particular, ECHAlliance, as leader of theEuropean Innovation Partnership on Active and Health Ageing (EIP on AHA)Innovation to Market (I2M) initiative, will discuss about the ongoing activities and services promoted by I2M and aimed at fostering the match between demand and supply in the AHA market, a realm where truly effective stakeholder engagement and citizen empowerment are crucial to secure acceptance and sustainability of innovative solutions. Furthermore, Valentina will present the activities undertaken by ECHAlliance in other relevant EU projects such as DigitalHealthEuropeEDEN and ValueCare with a specific focus on their contribution to stimulate health and social innovation.

If you want to learn more about the Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP), please click here.


23 January 2020 – Arrival of participants

14.00 – 14.30: Registration

14.30 – 15.00: Official opening

  • Franco Iacop, Regional Councilor and Member of the European Committee of the Regions
  • Riccardo Riccardi, Vice-President and Regional Minister for Health, Social Policies and Disability 

15.00 – 16.30: Setting the EU framework on Active and Healthy Ageing 

  • János Ádám Karácsony, Member of the European Committee of the Regions, Rapporteur of an opinion on Demographic Change: proposals on measuring and tackling its negative effects in the EU regions
  • Frank Cecconi, Member of the European Committee of the Regions, Rapporteur of an opinion on Local and regional perspective on promoting public sector innovation via digital solutions
  • Vera Fehnle, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, Unit ERA &Country Intelligence
  • Jose Usero, FUNKA, Responsible for the project supporting the EIP on AHA (European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing)
  • Andrea Conte, Team Leader, Regional Economic Modelling Team, Joint Research Center, European Commission
  • Julia Wadoux, Policy Coordinator for Health, ICT and Accessibility, AGE Platform Europe
  • Valentina Tageo, International Projects Director, European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance)

16.30 – 18.00: An overview of the regional eco-system of the FVG Region working on active ageing with the aim to prevent marginalisation of the territories, digital divide, isolation 

  • Gianna Zamaro, Director for Health, Social Policies and Disability, Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region, Coordinator of the Regional Panel on Active and Healthy Ageing
  • Elena Canciani, Responsible for the EU project ITHACA on behalf of the Central Directorate for Employment, Training, Education, Research and University 
  • Giuseppe Napoli, President of Feder Sanità ANCI
  • Gianluca Tell, Responsible for the Interdisciplinary Group on Ageing, University of Udine
  • Andrea Di Lenarda, University of Trieste
  • Nicola Scomparin, Programma Mattone Internazionale Salute (ProMIS) 

18.00 –18.30: Discussion with the members of the European Committee of the Regions

  • Matteo Luigi Bianchi, Member of Morazzone Municipal Council (Italy)
  • Csaba Borboly, President of Harghita County Council (Romania)
  • Gillian Ford, Member of London Borough of Havering (United Kingdom)
  • Anthony Gerard Buchanan, Councilor East Renfrewshire Council (United Kingdom)
  • Roberto Ciambetti, President of the Veneto Regional Council (Italy)
  • János Ádám Karácsony, Representative of local government of Tahitótfalu Village (Hungary)
  • Frank Cecconi, Member of the Ile de France Regional Council

The debate will be moderated by Franco Iacop, member of the European Committee of the Regions

18.30: Closing remarks 

  • Piero Mauro Zanin, President of the Regional Assembly of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region

24 January 2020 – Study visit to Area Science Park Trieste

09.30-12.30: Illustration of activities linked to ageing in the context of ESOF 2020 (European Open Science Forum). Presentation of EU projects in the AHA fields in which the Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region is partner.


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