In the light of the discussions about the possibility of a follow-up of the current AAL JP and the proposal of the European Commission to launch a Knowledge innovation Centre (KIC) on Innovation for healthy living and active ageing, in this document the AAL Association considers both initiatives and some ideas for possible collaboration in the future.
According to the EC proposal:
“a KIC on innovation for Healthy Living and Active Ageing will help meeting Horizon 2020 priorities, namely those defined in the context of the societal challenge “Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing”.
The challenges related to healthy living are valid across Europe. A KIC on this theme would have the added value of linking the activities of innovation and higher education with the already existing excellent research base. In doing so, it will put particular emphasis on higher education curricula, new skills development (needed e.g. for technology development but also for elderly care), strengthening entrepreneurial aspects in order to foster the development of a highly entrepreneurial workforce in the area, to support the development of new products and services, and to strengthen existing value chains or even create new ones.
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