European Summit

European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing


The Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing (9 and 10 March 2015) aims to engage Europe’s leadersĀ 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.

Central topic: how can technology, innovation and new ways of cooperation help Europe to turn this major challenge into an opportunity? Live demonstrations, sand pits and an interactive exhibition will show in action what is being discussed and highlighted in thematic debates and knowledge-sharing sessions. A wide variety of meetings and side-events 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 will take the floor and lead the debates.


The EU population is changing dramatically because of a higher life expectancy and a lower fertility: longer lives and fewer new-borns. The number of European citizens over 80 will double by 2025 while the labour market is shrinking. Demographic change constitutes a colossal societal challenge and affects everyone. The ageing of our population can undermine the foundations of Europe’s health and social care systems. Our labour markets, workforce and overall our cohesion as a society is at risk as the ratio of active vs. inactive people is shifting dramatically.


Leaders and front runners from industry and government, politics and finance, medical and pharmaceutical sectors, social and health care, civil society and consumers will come together to share insights and innovations that meet the needs of Europe’s ageing population.


For more information about the programme, the exhibition and how to participate click here.


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