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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 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



Abstract submission is closed

The authors will be notified about acceptance of their submission by 5 November 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

 Click here for the full text of the Call for papers.




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 will be 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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