Reference Sites & Twinning Activities

The number of Reference Sites in 2016 has almost tripled compared to the previously recognised 32 Reference Sites in 2012. Together they represent a commitment of over four billion € (2016-2019 period) to invest in innovative solutions that will lead to improvements in the quality of life of their ageing population (approx. 66 million people), support efficiencies and sustainability of health and social care delivery and finally, stimulate economic growth and competitiveness. These investments will benefit an expected five million people in the next three years.

Results announced - 2016 Call for Reference Sites of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

As a result of the Call for Reference sites 2016 launched in December 2015 at the Conference of Partners of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, a total of 74 regional and local organisations have been awarded "Reference Site" status.

These organisations have demonstrated the existence of comprehensive strategies to advance innovation for active and healthy ageing, based on a "Quadruple Helix" model that includes stakeholders from industry, civil society, academia and government authorities at a regional and local level.

Together these regions represent a commitment of over four billion € (2016-2019 period) to invest in innovative solutions that will lead to improvements in the quality of life of the ageing population, support efficiencies and sustainability of health and social care delivery and finally, stimulate economic growth and competitiveness. These investments will benefit an expected five million people in the next three years.

The Reference Site status is granted to organisations who have demonstrated excellence in the development, adoption and scaling up of innovative practices for active and healthy ageing, in line with the strategic objectives of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) and particularly the European Scaling Up Strategy for Innovation in Active and Healthy Ageing. The Scaling Up strategy supports the European Commission priority of establishing a Digital Single Market to unlock online opportunities for digital products and services.

For the first time, as a result of the peer-review and expert review process in the 2016 Call, and given the "national and cross-regional dimension" of the applicant's activities, the panel of experts has decided to award the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, the status of "National Reference for Excellence in promoting Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing". Future calls will further explore the potential to have government-led National initiatives interested in participating in the EIP on AHA, proving an opportunity to showcase their innovative practices and contribution to scaling up innovation for the ageing population.

Join us at the European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing (5-8 December 2016) to meet the Reference Sites. If in the meantime you are interested in engaging with the Reference Sites please contact the Reference Sites Collaborative Network.

Reference Site

Country

Coordinator/Second contact point

Contact

Award

Amsterdam Metropolitan Area

The Netherlands

 

Lilian Hoff

Andalusia

Spain

Mercedes Garcia

Ana Carriazo

Aragon

Spain

 

Juan I. Coll Clavero

Arsenàl.IT - Veneto's Research Centre for eHealth Innovation

Italy

 

Claudio Saccavini

Asturias

Spain

Raquel Ochoa

Ana Bernardo Suarèz

Elena Carantona

Aust-Agder County and Vest-Agder County

Norway

 

Rune Fensli

Baden-Württemberg

Germany

 

Daniel Buhr

Balearic Islands

Spain

 

Elena Cabeza

Barcelona Province

Spain

 

Alejandra Millet Pi-Figueras

Basque Country

Spain

Esteban de Manuel Keenoy

Jon Darpón Sierra

Campania

Italy

 

Maddalena Illario

Catalonia

Spain

 

Antoni Dedeu Baraldes

Centro

Portugal

Ana Abrunhosa

Joao Malva

City of Augsburg

Germany

 

Andreas W. Huber

City of Badalona

Spain

Valentina Tageo

Jordi Piera Jiménez

City of Helsinki

Finland

 

Arja Peiponen

City of Kraljevo

Serbia

 

Milan Vukovic

City of Kuopio

Finland

 

Markku Tervahauta

City of Liverpool

United Kingdom

 

Dave Horsfield

City of Oulu

Finland

Noora Janson

Anne Rännäli-Kontturi

City of Sofia

Bulgaria

 

Yanko Kuzmanov

City of Terrassa

Spain

 

Manel Balcells Diaz

City of Zagreb

Croatia

 

Antonija Balenović

East of France

France

 

Cédric Virciglio

Emilia-Romagna

Italy

Papini Donato
Silvia Scapinelli

Maria Luisa Moro

Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Germany

 

Peter Kupferschmid

Flanders

Belgium

 

Loes Houthuys

Friuli Venezia Giulia

Italy

 

Mr. Arrigo Venchiarutti

Galicia

Spain

 

Susana Fernandez Nocelo

Global Alliance Chronic Respiratory Diseases Regional Network

Turkey

 

Arzu Yorganciogly

Greater Manchester

United Kingdom

 

Mike Burrows

Healthy Ageing Network Northern Netherlands

The Netherlands

 

Daan Bultje

Heraklion-Crete

Greece

 

Panayiotis Mitsias

Île-de-France

France

 

Louis Potel

Kiev-Zhitomir

Ukraine

 

Leonid Bogatyrchuk

Kinzigtal

Germany

 

Christian Melle

Lazio

Italy

 

Ursula Kirchmayer

Liguria

Italy

 

Lorenzo Bertorello

Limburg

Belgium

 

Laura Visconti

Lodz Province

Poland

 

Lucyna A. Wozniak

Lombardy

Italy

 

Maurizio Bersani

MACVIA France Network

France

 

Jean Bousquet

Madrid

Spain

 

Teresa Chavarria Giménez

Medical Delta

The Netherlands

 

Agaath Sluijter

Metropolitan Area of Porto (Porto4Ageing)

Portugal

 

Elísio Costa

Milan Metropolitan - Bergamo Province

Italy

 

Maria Romano

Murcia

Spain

 

Beatriz Martínez-Lozano Aranaga

Norrbotten

Sweden

 

Lisa Lundgren

North Brabant Province

The Netherlands

 

Peter Portheine

North East England

United Kingdom

 

Graham Armitage

North West Coast of England

United Kingdom

 

Phil Jennings

Northern Ireland

United Kingdom

 

Elaine Colgan

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

France

 

Alain Rousset

Oberbergischer Kreis

Germany

Judith Brehm

Wolfgang Goetzke

Olomouc

Czech Republic

 

Zdenek Gütter

Pays De La Loire

France

 

Hajjam Jawad

Piedmont

Italy

 

Valeria Romano

Pirkanmaa

Finland

 

Anja Tuulonen

Puglia

Italy

 

Adriana Agrimi

Regional Network Long Lasting Memories

Greece and Cyprus

 

Bamidis D. Panagiotis

Republic of Ireland Regional Network

Ireland

 

David William Molloy

Saxony

Germany

 

Gerhard Hegendörfer

Scania

Sweden

 

Alexander Dozet

Scotland

United Kingdom

 

Donna Henderson

Southern Denmark

Denmark

 

Christina E. Wanscher

Stavanger

Norway

 

Kristin Hetland

Styria

Austria

 

Katharina Weinzerl

Provincia Autonoma di Trento

Italy

Oscar Mayora
Elena Mengon

Diego Conforti

Tuscany

Italy

 

Elisa Scopetani

Twente

The Netherlands

 

Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten

Valencian Community

Spain

 

OPESVAL

Wales

United Kingdom

 

Nick Batey

West Flanders Province

Belgium

 

Inge Taillieu

Yorkshire and the Humber

United Kingdom

 

Stephen Stericker

Zealand

Denmark

 

Esther Bülow Davidsen 

 

You can download a pdf version of the announcement here [pdf, 648kb].

 

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