The Consortium

The consortium is composed of 29 stakeholders from 16 countries: 13 cities, 6 regions, 5 large EU networks active in the field of ageing or representing large numbers of local authorities or seniors’ organisations, 4 research centres specialised in ICT and ageing policies, a communication agency with vast EU experience. Most of the consortium partners are actively involved in the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing D4 action group on age-friendly environments.


To ensure timely and effective implementation of the project, a Steering group (SG) has been nominated. It is composed of all Work Package leaders (AGE, PAU, CEMR, UVEG-Polibienestar, TNO) and of Louth County.

Louth County, AGE, TNO and UVEG-Polibienestar are also coordinators in the Action Group D4 of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.


The 24 other partners are also key players for the Thematic Network since they concentrate cities and regions from all over the EU or are key stakeholders in the field of age-friendly environments. All of them demonstrate strong partnerships that will support the multiplying effect of the Thematic Network.


AGE Platform Europe, Europe

AGE Platform Europe is a European Network of more than 165 organizations of people aged 50+ representing more than 30 million older people across the EU-27 and candidate countries. AGE aims at voicing and promoting the interests of senior citizens (150 million inhabitants aged 50+ in the EU) and at raising awareness on the issues that concern them most. AGE aims to serve as a bridge between its member organizations and the EU Institutions, to ensure that older people’s issues are on the EU agenda and their views are taken on board in EU policy development. AGE mobilized and led the stakeholders’ coalition of the European Year 2012 on Active Ageing and solidarity between generations. AGE is also leading large multiannual EU projects and is involved as partner in various EU projects linked to ICT and healthy ageing issues.

AGE is coordinating the AFE-INNOVNET Thematic Network, and is member of the Steering Group in this capacity. It will lead Work Packages 1 and 6 and will actively contribute to all other Work Packages.

Anne-Sophie Parent oversees the overall management and implementation of AFE-INNOVNET

Julia Wadoux is the coordinator of the project and is responsible for AGE involvement in AFE INNOVNET Work Packages.

Ilenia Gheno oversees the financial management of AFE-INNOVNET.

Nathalie De Craecker will support the financial and administrative management of AFE-INNOVNET.

Alice Sinigaglia deals with AGE contribution to Work Packages 3 and 4 on mobilisation of the Network and development of participatory methodologies.

Ophélie Durand is the contact person for AFE-INNOVNET communication and dissemination activities and is also involved in Work Packages 5 and 6.


CEMR, Europe

CEMR is the organisation of national associations, which represent local, intermediate and regional authorities across Europe. Today, its membership comprises 53 national associations representing local and regional governments from 39 countries all over Europe, representing some 100,000 local and regional authorities. CEMR works to promote a united Europe that is based on local and regional self-government and democracy. To achieve this goal it endeavours to shape the future of Europe by enhancing the local and regional contribution, to influence EU law and policy and to exchange experience at local and regional level.

CEMR is member of the SG and leads the Work Package 2 on Mobilisation of the Network.




UVEG - Polibienestar, Spain

Polibienestar is a public research institute of Valencia University. Specialized in research, innovation and social technology, technical advice and training in the field of public policies, its final mission is the improvement of Welfare and Quality of Life. It collaborates with the departments of Architecture and Informatics and the Robotics Institute of Valencia University, and the Group of Virtual Networks and Environments of the University Jaime I in Castellón. Moreover, Polibienestar is member of two research micro-clusters of excellence at Valencia University: “New Technologies for Health and Healthy ageing” and “Technologies for governance and social sustainability”, works with CORAL – Community Of Regions for Assisted Living (over 20 regions), participates actively in two EIP AHA Action Groups: B3 “Capacity building and replicability of successful integrated care systems based on innovative tools and services” and D4 where it coordinates the ICT research group.

Polibienestar is member of the SG and leads Work Package 4 on Evidence based evaluation and participatory co-production methodologies.



Mireia FERRI


TNO, The Netherlands

TNO is the Netherlands’ premiere organisation for applied scientific research, and one of the largest of its kind in Europe. TNO has extensive experience in EU programmes, with over 270 running or under negotiation under the 6th and 7th Framework Programme alone. TNO addresses active and healthy ageing issues from various angles, including ICT and eHealth solutions, social innovation, and the spatial context of health and healthy ageing. TNO is particularly strong on handling, interpretation and presentation of complex data sets for use by policy makers, other stakeholders and end-users. It also has a strong record in supporting the work of and co-creating innovations with innovative SME’s and industry. TNO is currently involved in the EIP AHA priority actions on frailty and integrated care, and is a coordinating partner of the D4 Action Group on Innovation for Age-friendly environments.

TNO is member of the SG and leads the Work Package 5 on support to the uptake of innovative solutions for age-friendly environments.





P.A.U. Education, Spain

P.A.U. Education offers a unique mix of know-how involving strategy and pedagogical thinking, editorial activity, website development, communication and community building. Over the past seven years P.A.U. Education has acquired considerable experience in creating and running web-based platforms. The Internet is viewed as a medium for building communities and making them work in a participative way. Its team and projects are multilingual and part of its uniqueness is based on these language abilities.

P.A.U. Education is member of the SG and leads the Work Package 2 on Identity, communication and dissemination of the AFE-INNOVNET Thematic network.


Krisztina SZABO


Louth County  Region , Ireland

Louth County Council is the authority responsible for local government in County Louth, Ireland. The council is responsible for housing and community, roads and transportation, fire brigade, urban planning and development, amenity and culture, and environment. County Louth is a member of the World Health Organisation Age Friendly Cities and the Age Friendly model developed in Louth is being rolled out to other counties in Ireland, particularly in the North East, where a regional approach is planned as part of our EIP AHA commitment. Louth Age Friendly County received an Excellence in the Public Service Award.

The Louth Council is a member of the SG and will co-organise and host one of the workshops foreseen into the Work Package 3.




ASS 5, mandated by Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Italy

ASS 5 (Local Health Authority n.5 “Bassa Friulana) is part of Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) Regional Health System and is responsible for health services delivery to a population of 110.000 inhabitants, including a community-based service of homecare nursing. Also, it acts on behalf of the regional government in the field of health, integrated health-social policies and innovation, by assisting notably in the implementation of the programs for the autonomy and independent living of elderly and people with disabilities. ASS 5 closely dialogues with public and private actors of the innovation sector to promote home living of elderly. In particular, ASS 5 is entrusted the development of the regional Lab on accessibility and domotics. Currently ASS5 is coordinating, on behalf of FVG Region, several EU funded projects (Central Europe, Interreg Italia-Austria, Interreg IV C, Progress, Health 2008-2013, ICT PSP). ASS5 is involved in the EIP AHA D4 action group.

ASS 5 will co-organise and host one of the workshops foreseen in the Work Package 3 and will represent the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia Region. 

Gian Matteo APUZZO


The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, mandated by Wales

The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales is the first in the World created by an Act of Parliament in 2006. It is an independent voice and champion for older people with legal powers to hold agencies to account and to drive forward change on their behalf. In 2012 it established within her office a national partnership programme entitled “Ageing Well in Wales”. Partners include The Welsh Government, the NHS in Wales, Welsh Local Government in Wales (22 separate bodies), the National Public Health Service in Wales, the Older People Network (OPAN), Age Alliance Wales (umbrella organization for National third sector working for older people) and the Beth Johnson Foundation. The Older People’s Commissioner chairs the Programme Board for the Ageing Well in Wales programme which seeks to harness innovation through thematic networks and collaboration with others. Phase one of the programme is looking at Age Friendly Communities, making Wales a dementia supportive country, coherent approaches the prevention of falls and increasing opportunities for 50+ to gain and remain in employment. Wales is actively involved in the EIP AHA.

Alan Hatton-Yeo


Manchester City, UK

Manchester is recognised globally as one of the leading authorities in developing comprehensive strategic programmes on ageing. Since 2003 Manchester City Council has been working to improve the lives of older residents in the city through its Valuing Older People partnership. In 2010, in recognition of its pioneering work in this area, Manchester became the first city in the UK to become a member of the World Health Organisation Global Network of Age Friendly Cities. In 2012 Manchester launched its Age-Friendly Manchester programme to take forward the next phase of the city’s ageing programme guided by the Age-Friendly City ambition to create inclusive and accessible urban environments that promote active ageing.



UMCG, mandated by Groningen City, The Netherlands

The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) is one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands. Its research is characterized by the combination of fundamental and patient-orientated (clinical) research. The UMCG has decided to focus on Healthy ageing within all priority areas. All the ageing-related research is joined together under one multidisciplinary umbrella including all Healthy Ageing activities i.e. the Cohort study LifeLines, the UMCG Center for Geriatric Medicine (UCO) and the European Research Institute on the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA). The UMCG is also a participant to the collaborative venture of the Healthy Ageing Network Northern Netherlands and actively involved in the EIP AHA. It works in close relationship with the city of Groningen on all these issues.

UMCG will co-organise and host one of the workshops foreseen in the Work Package 3 and will represent Groningen City. 



Tampere City, Finland

The ‘Tampere Senior – Ageing society as an opportunity’ programme seeks an operational model for a good life and ageing in the City of Tampere and the Tampere Region, working together with senior citizens and partners. Tampere Senior is a strategic project for the City of Tampere for the 2012–2020 period. The Tampere Senior programme brings together all parties with a vested interest in ageing, society and municipal residents as active agents. In addition to senior citizens, the programme network involves representatives from universities and other educational institutions, companies, associations and other organisations.  Tampere is part of the WHO-Europe Healthy Cities Network.

Armi Lampi

Mari Lahtinen


Stockholm City, Sweden

The City of Stockholm has close to 900 000 residents of which 122 000 are aged 65 or older. Of these 122 000 people, only about 27 000 use some kind of elderly care. The elderly care has a wide spectrum of services, such as safety alarm, home care service, sheltered living, care for relatives and nursing homes. The elderly services administration is responsible for city’s general policymaking, goals and guidelines. It is also responsible for the planning of housing, analysis and prognosis of the future elderly care that can be used for planning. An important task for the administration is procurement and follow-up of elderly care. Stockholm is part of the WHO-Europe Healthy Cities Networks and was finalist of the 2013 EU Access City Award.

Maria Kleine


Bruxelles City, Belgium

The Senior Service is a department of the City of Brussels. Its primary mission is to support policy initiative for senior people. The Service works in close collaboration with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and has in that frame carried out a survey on the needs of seniors. The outcomes of this survey are used as a basic tool that allows the Service to develop concrete projects that meet the needs of seniors. Another important tool is the label “Age Friendly City” which the City has obtained in 2011.


Kateleen Verbanck


Warsaw City, Poland

The population of Warsaw is estimated at 1,720,300 residents. 363,200 of those are people of pensionable age, which means that senior citizens make up over 20% of the city’s population. One of the main initiatives of the Community Support Services and Project Department (City of Warsaw) is a new strategic draft version of the programme dedicated to older people, “Warsaw City Friendly to Seniors”. The programme has following objectives i.e.: to provide activation and social integration of older citizens; to bridge generations; to make education, culture, sports and recreation accessible to seniors; to adjust living conditions of seniors to their needs and abilities and to improve the social image of aging and prepare middle-aged people for physically and socially active healthy living. Warsaw is part of the WHO-Europe Healthy Cities Network and the mayor of Warsaw is the newly appointed President of Eurocities (network of major European Cities).

Warsaw City, as local authority, will co-organise and host one of the workshops foreseen in the Work Package 3.


Lech Uliasz


Ljubljana City, Slovenia

The Municipality of Ljubljana gives special care and attention to the elderly. The City of Ljubljana regularly carry out all legislative activities for the elderly and also extensive support and through public tenders co-financing many other activities, programmes and projects, which are carried out by non-governmental organizations and public institutes. Ljubljana joined the WHO Healthy Cities Network in 1989 and WHO Global Network of Age-friendly cities in early 2011. It is also a member of the Sub-Network on Healthy Ageing. In 2013 the City council of Ljubljana adopted an Action plan “Age friendly Ljubljana for the period from 2013 to 2015”.

Simona Topolinjak


Eurohealthnet, Europe

EuroHealthNet is a non-for-profit organisation that aims to contribute to a healthier Europe with greater equity in health between and within European countries. This is achieved by networking and cooperation among relevant and publicly accountable national, regional and local public health and health promotion agencies in EU Member States. Currently EuroHealthNet is composed of 28 members coming from 20 Member States. EuroHealthNet participates as expert in one of the action groups of the EIP AHA, and has submitted a joint commitment with AGE and WHO-Europe on the creation of AFE. EuroHealthNet is a key partner on the FP7 IROHLA project “Intervention Research on Health Literacy among the Ageing Population”. During SPREAD Sustainable Lifestyles 2050 EuroHealthNet led the working group on “Health and Sustainable Society” providing input to concrete policy actions linking health, well-being and social equity for sustainable lifestyles.

EuroHealthNet will help develop deliverables under Work Packages 3, 4, 5 and 6, in consultation with their network of public health authorities to contribute their experience to the project.

Karoline Noworyta


Alzheimer Europe, Europe

Alzheimer Europe (AE), founded in 1989, has 34 member organisations in 30 countries. Its mission is to change perceptions, practice and policy in order to improve the access by people with dementia and their carers to treatment options and care services. It has carried out a number of transnational European projects and has also coordinated the “European Collaboration on Dementia – EuroCoDe” which resulted in consensual prevalence rates, an inventory of guidelines on diagnosis and treatment and guidelines on non-pharmacological interventions, an overview of risk factors and risk reduction and prevention strategies, a report on the socio-economic cost of Alzheimer’s disease and national reports on the social support for people with dementia and their carers. AE also participated in IMI and FP7 projects. AE is actively involved in the EIP AHA, as well as some of its members.

Alzheimer Europe will help develop the deliverables under Work Packages 3, 4, 5 and 6, in consultation with their network of national organisations to mainstream the specific dimension of Alzheimer-friendly Communities in all relevant Thematic Network activities.


Dianne Gove


Netwell Centre, DKIT University, Ireland

The Netwell Centre was founded from within the Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), the leading third level educational institution in the North East of Ireland and is supported by a grant from the Atlantic Philanthropies. Through the on-going activities of the Netwell Centre, the team has established links with a global network of stakeholders, placing them at the forefront of understanding of ageing and age-friendliness. Its knowledge, insight and experience has enabled the Netwell Centre to be highly influential in the development of collaborative stakeholder engagements, including: the Great Northern Haven development, Age Friendly County Initiative, and the establishment of Cultáca or service brokers who work independently and directly with older people. More recently the establishment of an Applied Research Enhancement Centre (CASALA) aims to work with industry to achieve product innovation, business competitiveness, and market leadership in the emerging ambient assisted living (AAL) sector.

The Netwell Centre will work on developing a methodology and indicators for local and regional authorities to assess the socio-economic impact of investing in age-friendly environments in cooperation with WHO Europe.



Franche-Comté Region, France

The Franche-Comte Regional Council is a French public local authority which works to promote the economic, social and cultural development of the Franche-Comte. Having competencies in the essential domains for the future of the region (transport, lifelong learning, economic development, land-use planning…), its fields of action are extending progressively. The Franche-Comte Region was project partner in several European projects in the framework of the INTERREG III-B and IV-B Alpine Space programme: AlpCity, Pusemor, InnoCité, ACCESS. The Franche-Comte Region financially supports two associative bodies expert in population ageing: the Regional Institute for Ageing of Franche-Comte and the Interregional Centre for Gerontology Bourgogne Franche-Comté. Moreover, the ageing of the population has been identified as one of the main challenges to be faced by Franche-Comté in the coming years.

Catherine BECKER


ESN network, Europe

The European Social Network (ESN) is the independent network for local public social services in Europe. ESN brings together people who design, manage and deliver social services in public authorities across Europe. ESN support the development of effective social policy and social care practice through the exchange of knowledge and experience. ESN is a network of Member organisations which are associations of directors of social services; regions, provinces, counties and municipalities; funding and regulatory agencies, universities, research & development bodies.

ESN will contribute to collect notable practices in the area of social and health services targeted to older people through their large network of local and regional authorities active in the social field.



INOVA+ Consultancy, Portugal

INOVA+ is the Portuguese leading company in the field of the promotion and management of international projects on Innovation, Training and Research & Technological Development. Since its foundation, INOVA+ delivers highly specialised services in research exploitation, technology transfer and innovation management. The main activities are connected to programmes of the European Union related to Research, Regional and National Structural Development, Technological Development and Innovation.

INOVA + will make the link with the Co-Living Project – ICT based Virtual Collaborative Social Living Community for Elderly – and the AgeingWell - Network for the Market Uptake of ICT for Ageing Well.


Ana Leal


Krakow City, Poland

The City of Krakow prepares for the demographic change with a general programme for seniors called „Krakow’s Pact for Seniors” The aim of the programme is to establish a partnership of various actors: local authorities, public institutions, NGO’s, private sector, media and to motivate these actors to organize initiatives for seniors living in Krakow. The activities have been planned in the fields of culture, health promotion and prevention, rehabilitation, recreation, education, training, advice, counselling, information, security and transport. Krakow has been involved in many different projects related to ageing issues, for example AENEAS (Intelligent Energy Europe programme), the Coalition on Digital Inclusion of the 50+ Generation ”M@turity in the net”. Moreover, since 8 July 2009, the City of Krakow runs a wevsite dedicated to senior citizens. In 2012, Krakow was finalist of the EU Access City Award 2012.


Agnieszka Karon


Fredericia City, Denmark

The municipality of Fredericia consist of app. 55,000 citizens. It has been especially recognised for its results within the ageing population. The project “Life Long Living” is a new model for interaction between elderly citizens and the municipality, focusing on “Everyday Rehabilitation”. Fredericia has built a paradigmatic change – by shifting the way senior citizens are approach from “helpless” patients to elderly persons with resources. Fredericia won the EY2012 Award for Age-Friendly Environments.

Helle JUHL 


VVSG, mandated by Flanders Region, Belgium

The Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG) offers its support and promotes the interests of the local authorities with other authorities and institutions. VVSG is the representative member organisation of all the Flemish municipalities, of the public centres for social welfare and of about fifty intermunicipal companies. VVSG is involved in the development of dementia friendly municipalities in Flanders. It also works on developing age friendly cities: Together with the Flemish Elderly Council (Vlaamse ouderenraad) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Prof. Dr. T. Buffel and Prof. Dr. D. Verté – Belgian Ageing Studies), VVSG is working on the development of the concept of age friendly cities. The goal is to make Flanders an age friendly region. VVSG is a member of CEMR.

VVSG will bring its experience on dementia-friendly communities, host one of the workshops foreseen in the Work Package 3 and will organise a field visit to a dementia-friendly city. It will also represent the Flanders region.

Veerle BAERT


Kuldiga City, Latvia

For a longer period of time the number of inhabitants in Kuldiga is declining significantly hindering economic development. The average life expectancy is one of the shortest in Europe and many grown-up children cannot provide financial support to their parents anymore, as well as to ensure care, thus as a result they are forced to place their parents in old people’s homes. Another problem is the low level of the pensions in the state. The main aim of the Kuldiga District Municipal Agency "The Social Service" is to provide social care services and social assistance in order to help individuals, families and groups of persons to identify, solve or diminish social problems by developing their own personal resources and involving in support schemes.



CNR IMM, mandated by Puglia Region, Italy

The Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems (IMM) is one of the Institutes of the Italian National Council of Research (CNR). The Institute is working for a long time in the field of the Ageing Society and AAL, developing technologies but also policies for social innovation together with Puglia Region. In this frame there is a strong collaborative effort with IMM-CNR and in the last years this common synergy has generated for example the Apulian ICT Living Labs (2012), the activation of  Pre-Commercial Procurement (2012) instrument and the participation in the CORAL Network (Community of Regions for Ambient Assisted Living).

CNR-IMM will represent the Puglia Region and the Public-Private Aggregation “INNOVAAL” (Public-Private Aggregation for the Research, Development, Validation ad Demonstration of Innovative Service and Technologies for AAL). CNR-IMM will ensure also the direct involvement of the Lecce city due to an on-going signed agreement for the strategic action “Lecce as Smart City”.



Celje City, Slovenia

Celje is the third largest town in Slovenia. It has a population of almost 49.000 inhabitants. The active seniors of Celje spend their time creatively within the Senior Citizen's University run by the Celje Central Library. For the older persons in need of      assistance, Celje offers a comprehensive range of services. Celje is affiliated to the Slovene Network of Age-Friendly Cities and thus implement the WHO initiative.

Suzi KVAS 


Tallinn  City, Estonia

Tallinn has a population of 420 000. Due to demographic changes, people aged 65+ accounted for 17% of the total population in 2010. By 2050 it will be 24% of the total population. The aim of City of Tallinn is to move towards a closer co-operation between social and health care, to find solutions and learn best practices related to integrated services. Tallinn is involved in notably involved a telemedicine project called SmartCare (ICT PSP) with 45 partners from the EU health and social sectors.



Porto Social Foundation, mandated by the city of Porto

Porto Social Foundation is a private foundation of public utility with legal personality and was established in 1995 by Porto City Council with the mission of promoting social inclusion and cohesion, carrying out social projects in the Porto area. Its main goals are: Contribute to a growing social cohesion in the City of Porto; Actively collaborate in improving the quality of life of the city´s inhabitants; Increase the network amongst the different institutions offering social support. The initiatives and projects, designed and promoted by Porto Social Foundation are organized according to seven areas of focus: Sectorial Intervention (including senior people); Social Innovation and Research; Networking; Territorial Intervention; Promoting Citizenship; Porto City of Science and Promotion of employment. Porto is part of the WHO Age-Friendly Cities Network.

Daniel Coelho


The consortium is already supported by a group of more than 30 supporting entities notably WHO Europe and EUROFOUND who will advise the Steering Group, two national Ministries (Poland and Slovenia), universities working in the field of ageing, networks of local/regional authorities, cities, entities active in the field of ICT and ageing and Design-for-All, and Housing Europe.