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    ENCORD Ageing Society Workshop October 2010

    ENCORD Ageing Society Workshop | 26-27 October 2010 | Munich/Holzkirchen, Germany

    Europe is faced with a number of major societal challenges, including the ageing population.

    With a view to achieve the EU 2020 objective of a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, the European Commission has launched the “Innovation Union”. It sets out a strategic approach to Innovation, driven by the highest political level and introduces the new concept of “European Innovation Partnership” (EIP) with a pilot case on “Active and Healthy Ageing”.

    The joint workshop IMPROVING ECONOMY IN AN AGING SOCIETY BY ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION under the umbrella of ECTP (European Construction Technology Platform), ENCORD (European Network for Construction Research and Development) and ISG (International Society for Gerontechnology) brought together experts from the fields of building/construction, sociology, psychology and economy to discuss the link between the Ageing Society, the Economy and Construction in a workshop with plenty of interaction and options to share knowledge for every participant.

    The workshop was hosted by the Fraunhofer-Institut and TU Munich, and the program was organized by Ger Maas.
    Cristina Gutierrez-Cortines, Member of the European Parliament opened the workshop with a key note speech on the “Needs of an Ageing Population”.

    During the first day the experts introduced their work. The second day focussed on discussing the challenges and opportunities, the goals and the potential contribution of the construction sector.

    The participants agreed that the construction and architecture sector can make an essential contribution for breakthroughs in new solutions to improve the lives of elder people, allowing to
    –      Reduce impairments of immobility and maintain autonomy
    –      Reduce the number of accidents and increase health.
    –      Provide for the setting to enable physical, environmental and social integration
    –      Include culture, communication and social needs in the built environment
    –      Meet personal needs, e.g. by realizing new forms of living together to reduce loneliness

    Thus the construction sector could play a vital role for the European Innovation Partnerships, helping to mobilise stakeholders behind well-defined goals in areas which combine tackling societal challenges with the potential for Europe to become a world leader.

    It was decided to create a Task Force “The Aging Society in Construction”, and to create an action plan for this group.

    It was highlighted, that future EU research and innovation programmes should also focus on the contribution the construction sector can make to support the goals of Europe 2020 and to find innovative solutions to the major societal challenge of an ageing population

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