Workshop "Healthy ageing in cities and regions: inspiring examples to frame the future"
ESPON at the European Week of Regions and Cities 2019


Brussels, Belgium

SQUARE - Brussels Convention Centre

9 October 2019

Rue Mont des Arts
1000 Brussels

Europe is ageing. Action is needed at all governance levels to review the way our society is organised and create a fair and sustainable society for all ages.

Based on the ESPON research ACPA - Adapting European Cities to Population Ageing, Policy Challenges and Best Practices - the workshop will uncover why some ageing policies have been more successful than others and help cities and regions tap into the potential that older people present while also overcoming some of the constraints and challenges that urban environments often pose on older residents.

This workshop, which is jointly organised by ESPON, European Covenant on Demographic Change and The ADVANTAGE Initiative, will take its participants through inspiring examples on how to enhance healthy ageing and develop age-friendly cities and communities. It will also be an opportunity to discuss the success factors and barriers as well as to provide local and regional authorities with recommendations.


  • Opening by Markku Markkula, First President of the Committee of the Regions
  • Anne-Sophie Parent, Secretary General of AGE Platform Europe and of the Covenant on Demographic Change (moderator)
  • Erik van Ossenbruggen, Ecorys
  • Paul Mc Garry, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Jolanta Perek-Bialas, Jagiellonian University Cracow
  • Sylvia Urra Urriate, Homes4Life Project
  • Cinzia Gianmarchi, Marche Region
  • Cristina Alonso, JA Advantage

Translation: English, French, Spanish

Further information:

Organisers: ESPON EGTC, European Covenant on Demographic Change, Regional Ministry of Health - Madrid Region
Associated partners: Babeș-Bolyai University - Department of Public Health (RO), Biscay Province - Department for Social Development (ES), Central European Initiative - Regional intergovernmental forum (17 central european countries) (IT), EC DG CONNECT - Unit eHealth, Well-being and Ageing - Research Coordination, EC DG SANTE DG.02, ERRIN - European Regions Research and Innovation Network (BE), Eurocities / WG urban ageing – Brussels (BE), European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing / Action Group D4 Innovation for age friendly buildings, cities and environments – Brussels (BE), Greater Manchester Combined Authority / Greater Manchester Ageing Hub - Manchester (UK), IFIC Scotland - International Centre for Integrated Care (UK), Louth County (IE), Regione Marche – Research - Agenzia Regional Sanitaria (IT)

Expert at the ESPON EGTC: Piera Petruzzi

Registration: You can register on the official page of the EWRC

Registration deadline: 27/09/2019



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