Plenary 1: AAL beyond 2020


The European Commission has recently presented its proposal for the Framework Programme 9, called Horizon Europe, which mentions five societal challenge clusters including health as well as digital and industry. These societal challenges shall be advanced through high-level mission-driven initiatives. Such missions aim to increase the impact of European research and innovation through bottom-up driven programmes with closer links to European citizens. The EC has also announced a first EU digital programme proposal as well as published a communication on the ‘Digital Transformation of Health & Care strategy within the digital single market’ in 2018.

So, where does this leave the topic of Ageing on the EU agenda in general and AAL in particular? What has AAL to contribute to those future programme discussions? How should AAL or ‘Ageing well in a digital world’ be positioned in future European partnership programmes?

The speakers will debate about these questions by providing their own viewpoints and recommendations. A maximum engagement with AAL stakeholders in the audience will be encouraged, in order to provide policymakers and national funding agencies with their thoughts and ideas.


European Perspective:

  • Ms Birgit Morlion – Programme officer eHealth, Well-Being and Ageing, European Commission

National Perspectives:

  • Mr. Chris Flim – Dutch Representative for eHealth and Member of AAL Executive Board 
  • Mrs. Kerstin Zimmermann – Scientific Policy Officer, Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology

Regional Perspectives:

  • Mr. Mathieu Hovanessian – Policy Officer for innovation and Europe, Health, Research, Innovation, Higher education Unit, PACA Region, France
  • Mrs María Aguirre Rueda – Director of Health Research and Innovation at the Ministry of Health of the Basque Government.