European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing

vrijdag 3 april 2015


The Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing (9 and 10 March 2015) aimed to engage Europe's policy, services and market leaders to co-create a shared vision on how Europe can address the challenges and seize the opportunities arising from demographic change through ICT and innovation and in that way contribute to economic recovery. 

The central topic was: How can technology, innovation and new ways of cooperation help Europe to turn this major challenge into an opportunity? Over 1500 visitors swamped the Brussels Square meeting centre, took part in over 32 sessions, workshops, sandpits and the Pioneer Village with its 20 exhibition booths. More than 20 start-ups presented themselves in the speakers' corner. Exhibitors and participants blogged and tweeted. Businesses found customers, investors discussed moving into the silver economy researchers met with consumers, patients with service-providers and visitors had encounters with robots. The summit attracted new categories of partners: investors, including social investors, but also representatives of the construction and tourism sector as well as designers joined the event to seize the European potential of the Silver Economy.

Also representatives from the Northern Netherlands were actively taking part in the Summit. Among others Harriët Jager-Wittenaar, Professor at Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen, and Hille Meetsma, Director VitalinQ (click here to view his presentation), presented their innovative ideas in the "Speaker's Corner" of the ECHAlliance. Mark Mobach spoke within the session "Design for Ageing. Examples of design-centred European initiatives to meet the needs of a rapidly growing ageing population" about his vision and work for the Innovation Lab "Health Space Design".

Harriët Jager-Wittenaar, Professor of Clinical Malnutrition and Healthy Ageing at Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen

Click here to view Harriët's presentation.

Mark Mobach, Professor in Facility Management at Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen

Click here to view Mark's presentation.

Interview with RTL-Z

Click here to view the program RTL Toekomstmakers.

Frans Jaspers, Vice Chairman Supervisory Board HANNN, Former Member Executive Board UMCG

A wide variety of meetings and side-events took place, all with one goal: to turn the opportunities of demographic ageing in growth and jobs for Europe. Several European Commissioners, national ministers, regional authorities and leaders from industry, including SMEs and startups, as well as civil society took the floor and led the debates.

One of them was Frans Jaspers, Vice Chairman Supervisory Board HANNN, Former Member Executive Board UMCG, who was invited for the "Thematic Debate Innovation for AHA, from concept to reality, from local to global". Welcomed by an audience of around 1.200 European players, Frans Jaspers highlighted the importance of an allignment of European and regional activities in the field of Active and Healthy Ageing. Last but not least, he gave his ideas on how to further strengthen the impact of European Innovation Partnerships. Underneath you can find his presentation to download:

Presentation Frans Jaspers Speech Frans Jaspers



Under the folllowing link you can find more summaries of the summit, background information, conclusions as well as a video playlist.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.


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