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ESF Exploratory Workshop on Ageing and Social Innovation
INNOVAGE partners Professor Alan Walker (University of Sheffield, UK) and Professor Susanne Iwarsson (Lund University, Sweden) convened an European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop on Ageing and Social Innovation in Lund, Sweden on 23-24 September 2013.
The scientific aim of the workshop was to focus on a largely unexplored topic; we aimed to map active and healthy ageing in relation to social innovation, and to outline a new research agenda intended to maximise the potential of social innovations in securing extended healthy life years. The workshop responded directly to the challenges set by HORIZON 2020 and, specifically, the European Innovation Partnership project on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIPAHA) to raise the average healthy life expectancy (HLE) in Europe by 2 years by 2020, as well as the overarching goal of increasing innovation within the EU. However, there is no general agreement about the definition and meaning of social innovation, and no discernible scientific research agenda behind it. Hence, there was an urgent need to scope the scientific and applied evidence base for social innovation by bringing together a range of scientists, policy makers, practitioners, business people and other end users. This was the first event of its kind and will serve as the benchmark for future developments in European
research on ageing.
Thus, the main focus of the exploratory workshop was on social innovations for healthy and active ageing: the extent of existing knowledge and the research agenda required to ensure the fullest possible exploitation of its potential. The sparse nature of the existing evidencebase, the absence of a concerted research framework in this field and the lack of a commonly agreed scientific definition of social innovation mean that this topic was ideally suited to an exploratory and participatory approach.
The workshop was held at the Scandic Star Hotel in Lund, Sweden from 23 to 24 September. Participants numbered 25 people from 11 ESF countries and 3 non-ESF countries.
This was a separate event to the INNOVAGE Stakeholder Forum (which took place the following day) but was scheduled to exploit the clear synergies between the two. Key workshop participants also attended the INNOVAGE meeting to ensure greater than usual potential for research stimulation and follow-through.
Please download the presentations and workshop report below.
Click here to see photos from the event.
We would like to thank the ESF for their funding of this workshop. More information on the Exploratory Workshop programme can be found here.