Abstract: 

An agenda for societal change and sustainable economic development

The central topic of the summit is: how can technology, innovation and new ways of cooperation help Europe to turn this major challenge into an opportunity?

The Summit aims to engage Europe’s policy, services and market leaders to co-create a shared vision on how Europe can address the challenges and seize the opportunities arising from demographic change through ICT and innovation and in that way contribute to economic recovery.

Four thematic debates and just as many knowledge-sharing sessions and workshops will highlight and discuss what it is shown in action through live demonstrations, sand pits and an interactive exhibition. A wide variety of meetings and side-events with one goal: to turn the opportunities of demographic ageing in growth and jobs for Europe. Several European Commissioners, national ministers, regional authorities and leaders from industry, including SME and startups as well as civil society will take the floor and lead the debates.

The EU population is changing dramatically because of a higher life expectancy and a lower fertility: longer lives and fewer newborns. The number of European citizens over 80 will double by 2025 while the labour market is shrinking. Demographic change constitutes a colossal societal challenge and affects everyone. The ageing of our population can undermine the foundations of Europe's health and social care systems. Our labour markets, workforce and overall our cohesion as a society is at risk as the ratio of active vs inactive people is shifting dramatically.

But demographic change also offers new opportunities for innovation, growth and societal transformation that can benefit many millions. In our fast-paced and interconnected world, driven by breakthrough technologies, the right innovations for active and healthy ageing can help our citizens stay active and independent for more years, while savings costs for governments and creating profits for businesses. A Digital Single Market can support a fairer, more sustainable and prosperous society and the opportunities offered by the Silver Economy are immense.

Leaders and front runners from industry and government, politics and finance, medical and pharmaceutical sectors, social and health care, civil society and consumers will come together to share insights and innovations that meet the needs of Europe's ageing population.

Registration

Please note that only registered delegates will be allowed entry to the event, regardless of any prior exchange with the European Commission services. Places at the conference will be allocated on a first come first served basis so it is recommended you register your attendance as soon as possible, by clicking on the registration link above.

Participation at the event is free of charge.

Note: By registering, you agree that your data (title, last name, first name, organization, country) is included on the list of attendees that will be published on the conference's website. The conference will be partly recorded and some photos and videos will be posted on the Internet. By registering, you agree to your image being reproduced in videos and photos. Via the online registration form you are invited to fill in your delegate profile and to make it public so as to share your interests and make new contacts ahead of the event. You are also invited to post any key issues you would like to see considered during the event.

We look forward to seeing you on the 9-10 March.