20-09-2016

WHINN 2016: A European Reference Framework for Age-friendly Housing

The European Commission invites you to join a “Meeting of Minds” on the 5th of October. In a full day workshop different operators will have a fresh look at innovating smarter new build and retro­fit home environments, with a view to empowering an ageing population to live healthier, more meaningful, connected lives with dignity and autonomy. Participants will inform development of a European Reference Framework for age­friendly housing.

Meet experts and share your views on the most exciting developments in smarter homes, new financing models and urban retrofitting on the 5th of October at WHINN – Week of Health and INNovation in Odense, Denmark. 

Europe is experiencing a demographic shift to a majority older population. The housing market is having big trouble keeping up. At present, 75 % of European housing stock is not considered to be age-friendly. Over the last decade or so, the Commission, together with Member States, has invested in numerous Research and Innovation projects to address this challenge, and support active and healthy ageing at home and in the community. These initiatives have substantially increased our knowledge relating to technological opportunities and their feasibility.

Get the full agenda for the workshop

Network, investment and more
At the workshop you will get new knowledge on numerous topics. At the workshop you will be able to:

  • Contribute to an emerging evidence base that defines positive ideas of ageing in more measurable terms
  • Find out about mobilizing investment, i.e. what is needed to show (public, private) investors the expected returns (financial, social, personal) that investing in (smart) independent living can generate
  • Network with like-minded stakeholders and join forces in a collaborative effort to identify and capitalize on new routes to market and clear business models that work and scale

Allan Nordby Ottesen, EU consultant at the South Denmark European Office will participate in the workshop in October. He has been part of other workshops about age-friendly housing - e.g. one in Brussels in April 2016. 

At the workshop in Brussels the European Commission made an interview with Allan about his work with age-friendly housing. Click on the video below to watch the full interview with Allan. 

The event is hosted by the Week of Health and INNovation.

Time: 5th of October, from 9:30 to 17:00

Place: Forskerparken 10H, 5230 Odense M

Price: the event is free of charge. Register here