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Towards a society for all ages: Why and how should local authorities combat ageism

October 26, 2018

Hosted by the European Committee of the Regions

Jacques Delors Building, Belliardstraat 99-101, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

For the past four years, approximately 200 researchers from 35 countries have worked together in the COST Action IS1402 on AGEISM ( to develop a comprehensive body of knowledge on the topic of ageism. Our collaborative work has resulted in numerous publications, a special issue and an open-access book by Springer: Contemporary Perspectives on Ageism.

Our goals for this final meeting are to:

  1. Present the outcomes of the COST Action on Ageism to sub-national policymakers responsible for providing services to older citizens.
  2. Increase awareness to the topic of ageism and present solutions to combat ageism at grass-root level.
  3. Facilitate action to reduce ageism through sub-national policy and legislations.

09:00-09:30 Welcome and introduction
• Moderator: Anne-Sophie Parent – Secretary General AGE Platform Europe
• Luc Vanden Brande, member of the Committee of the Regions CIVEX Commission and host of the event
• Luule Mizera, Science Officer, COST Association
• Clemens Tesch-Roemer, German Centre of Gerontology, Vice-Chair COST Action on ageism
• Liat Ayalon, Bar Ilan University, chair COST Action on ageism

09.30-9:45 What is ageism? And why is it so prevalent?

• Liat Ayalon, Bar Ilan University

09:45-10:45 Examples of ageism

Ageism in employment
• Moderator: Jolanta Perek-Białas, Jagiellonian University; Pnina Dolberg, Rupin College
• Per Eric Solem, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Gjøvik
• Kai Leichsenring, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research
• Juliane Bir, Advisor, European Trade Union Confederation

Ageism in healthcare
• Moderator: Daniela Fialova, Charles University
• Moira Kinnear, NHS Lothian Pharmacy Service Edinburgh

10:45-11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-11:45 Ageism in the Media
• Moderator: Eugene Loos, University of Amsterdam
• Virpi Ylänne, Cardiff University

11:45-12:15 Addressing ageism in health via the media 

• Moderators: Monika Wilinska, Jönköping University; Israel Doron, University of Haifa
• Sylvain Biegeleisen (director: Twilight of a Life, 20 min.),
• Regional representative (ITHACA project)

12:15-12:45 Why ageism gets under your skin and what can we do about it
• Moderator: Susanne Wurm, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
• Klaus Rothermund, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
• Sibilia Marques, University Institute of Lisbon

12:45-14:15 Lunch Break

14:15-14:45 Law as a tool to fight ageism
• Israel Doron, University of Haifa
• Nena Georgantzi, Human Rights Officer, AGE Platform Europe
• Barbro Westerholm, Member of the Swedish Parliament

14:45-15:15 An overview of the WHO campaign to combat ageism
• Alana Officer/Vania De Lafuente Nunez, WHO research and world campaign to Combat Ageism

15:15-16:15 Where do we go from here: Lessons learnt and future plans to reduce ageism
• Moderator: Clemens Tesch-Roemer, German Centre of Gerontology, vice-chair COST Action on ageism
• Vitalia Gaucaite Wittich, Chief of the Population Unit, Statistical Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
• Johan ten Geuzendam, DG JUST
• Andrzej Ryś DG SANCO (tbc)
• Claude Cahn, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Brussels office
• Angelika Poth-Mögele, Director European Affairs of the Council of European Municipalities and Region
• Sergio Murillo Corzo, Department of Social Development, Government of Biscay

16:15-16:30 Concluding comments:
• Liat Ayalon, Bar Ilan University, Chair COST Action on ageism
• Ebbe Johansen, President AGE Platform Europe

16:30-17:30 Reception

Agenda updated file_24.5.18

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