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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 Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) are organising an International Seminar “Building 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


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






Please send the abstracts using the Abstract Submission Form to aai@unece.org clearly indicating “Call for papers – Active Ageing Index and its potential” in the subject of your email.

The authors are invited to submit an abstract (max 800 words) by 15 September 2014 18:00 GMT. The abstracts and papers should be submitted in English. The research material included in the paper must not be already published or submitted for publication. Submission should be made by the author who will attend the seminar. Authors can submit no more than two abstracts where they are named as the primary author; however there is no limit on the number of abstracts a person can appear on as a co-author.

The authors will be notified about acceptance of their submission by 15 October 2014. Once the abstract is accepted the full paper should be sent by 19 January 2015.

Three best papers entered by early career researchers will be awarded. To be eligible for the award one should demonstrate enrolment in a PhD or postdoctoral programme.

The authors of the accepted papers will be invited to present their work at the Seminar in the form of either a presentation or a poster. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered for the authors of both awarded and accepted papers.

The papers will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Originality and innovative approach applied

  • Methodological quality

  • Policy relevance

  • Contribution to further development of the AAI methodology


Please click here for the full text of the Call for papers.






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