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Building an evidence base for active ageing policies:
Active Ageing Index and its potential


Brussels, 16–17 April 2015

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)  and the European Commission's Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) are organising an International Seminar “Building an evidence base for active ageing policies: Active Ageing Index and its potential”. The seminar will be dedicated to the studies focusing on how to achieve better outcomes — measured, for instance, by AAI — through appropriate policies including those that address life course determinants of active and healthy ageing. The seminar aims to bring together researchers, civil society representatives, policymakers and other stakeholders and will provide a multidisciplinary forum for those interested in the use of AAI and other research to enhance the knowledge about ageing and older people and lead to the development of better policies.


The topics of interest include the following:

  • Comparing 2012 AAI results in two or more countries and identifying possible explanatory factors within the context of policy differences across the countries

  • Identifying life course determinants of diverse active ageing outcomes observed in the AAI calculations

  • Highlighting AAI as an effective monitoring and advisory tool for policymakers at subnational and local levels

  • AAI disaggregation across subgroups and identification of potential for better outcomes

  • Evaluation of AAI as an effective evidence base for policymaking purpose

  • Contextual analysis and clustering of countries to identify factors underlying active ageing outcomes and capacities for active ageing




Click here to download Preliminary programme of the Seminar or read it online (use a button at the bottom right corner to enter a full-screen mode):







Participation in the event is free of charge and open for all interested in the topic. Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Evaluation of the abstracts and papers has been implemented by an independent evaluation board chaired by  

Professor Sarah HARPER, MA (Cantab.) Cambridge; DPhil (Oxon) Oxford, Professor of Gerontology at the Oxford University and Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing ( )

Evaluation board members:

Mr. Bjarne HASTRUP

CEO of DaneAge Association, Chairman of the International Federation on Ageing, M.Sc.Econ.;

Mr. Kenneth HOWSE
Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford

Mr. Giovanni LAMURA
Senior Gerontologist, PhD, National Institute of Health & Science on Ageing (INRCA/IRCCS), Centro Ricerche Economico-Sociali per l'Invecchiamento (Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing)

Adjunct, PhD, Academic Lecturer, Researcher, Institute of Statistics and Demography Warsaw School of Economics and Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow;

Mr. Asghar ZAIDI
Professor in International Social Policy, Centre for Research on Ageing / Centre for Population Change, Social Sciences, University of Southampton


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