Social Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing

With The SIforAGE International Conference, our goal is to bring together actors from different disciplines and fields of research to discuss ageing, the ageing process, the challenges presented, and possible ways ahead for the future. The situation demands a visionary approach, so that groundwork can be laid, in a rational way, for the creation of a better-adapted society for the future. There is no better time to do that than now. The Conference is the final activity of The SIforAGE Project, an innovative project of four years duration whose mission has been, in part, to make some headway along this path. Some of the research and work undertaken by the Project partners will be presented and discussed during the Conference.

“Never before, in the history of human ageing, have so many lived so well for so long,” to paraphrase Sir Winston Churchill. That women and men today age for much longer than previous generations can be considered a major human achievement. Prolonging age is a matter of prolonging consciousness, which in turn is dependent on a lengthened physiological process that has been made possible thanks to multiple, noble accomplishments in many different fields such as medicine, technology, and social policies.

Now that we have more life years ahead than in our wildest expectations, now is the time to adapt to this new reality. As with any change to the life-course, different paradigms and life-styles need to be created to make living as healthy and active as possible. We need to envision a new world, a new future, where people live even longer and even healthier lives. Aware of their limitations, those same actors who made the process possible in the first place must come together to tackle the issues that increased longevity brings with it, and meet the urgency for an adequate response. Policy-makers, technology-developers, health professionals, lawyers, economists, humanists, social scientists, and elderly people themselves need to work together to find new solutions. Moreover, this needs to be done in an inclusive way, by taking into account the requirements, demands, and aspirations of everyone – the ones who have already aged and all those who will live on into late-age.

We are in an era when we need to comprehend ageing and the ageing process as fully as possible. We need to conceive of the management of ageing as a positive challenge, a challenge that we, as a society, will handle in the same successful way as we did with similar challenges in the past.

But the aim of the Conference goes further. The aim of the Conference is to provide an opportunity for all participants to attend and discuss this important matter – a matter that affects us all – as imaginatively and realistically as possible.


Wednesday, 19th October 2016
Thursday, 20th October 2016

University of Barcelona (UB)
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585 / 08007 Barcelona

Friday, 21st October 2016

CaixaForum Social and Cultural centre of la Caixa Foundation Barcelona
Avinguda Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8, 08038 Barcelona