Upcomming events

Building the Future of Health – International conference  1 – 4 June 2016 Groningen, The Netherlands

“Building the Future of Health revitalizes the once fertile coalition between urban planning, architecture and public health.” It is a large international conference that marks a fundamental change in how we think about our built environment, public health and our healthcare system. For more information see:


Past events

IROHLA conference 17 November 2015

On 17 November 2015, the IROHLA Consortium will host a conference in the Management Centre Europe in Brussels titled “Towards Sustainable Health Systems: The IROHLA evidence-based guidelines on improving health literacy in the ageing population.” This is an important milestone in helping move towards more sustainable health systems in Europe. During the conference the project team will present main findings of the research project and will present policy briefs for policy and practice. This portal will be presented as well. Dr. Line Matthiessen Head of the Unit Infectious Diseases and Public Health of the Directorate General Research will receive the final products official.

A panel of policy makers and a panel of implementation experts will debate the IROHLA recommendations

Make sure you don’t miss out by booking your place today!  Visit here to register to the IROHLA project conference.


Third European Health Literacy Conference 17-19 November 2015

The3rd European Health Literacy Conference: Improving Health Literacy During the Life Course, taking place in the Management Centre Europe in Brussels, Belgium from 17-19 November 2015. The conference is hosted by Health Literacy Europe, the IROHLA Consortium and the University Medical Center Groningen and endorsed by the Diabetes Literacy Consortium. The conference receives financial support from MSD and City of Groningen.

The focus of the 3rd European Health Literacy Conference is on the life course perspective in health literacy research, policy and practice. How does health literacy develop during the life course, and how does an increase of health literacy contribute to healthy ageing? What is the relation between health literacy and education, or work, or chronic diseases?

The 3rd European Health Literacy Conference fosters the exchange between researchers, practitioners and policy makers. During the Conference, participants share evidence-based actions and practices in the area of health literacy, discussing its use as an instrument to tackle inequities in health.

Eminent speakers from various backgrounds and various countries will give an overview of the developments in research focusing on health literacy during the life course as well as on communication and innovation to advance health literacy. Furthermore, policy makers and opinion leaders will debate the way forward on how to create health literacy societies.

In four Teach-In sessions, participants will gain hands-on knowledge from experts in healthy ageing, adolescent health, workplace health, migrant health in relation to health literacy. In the Teach-Ins participants will generate ideas for innovation in practice.

There are over 50 oral scientific presentations in eight parallel sessions organised around specific themes, and nearly 70 poster presentations, offering a wide range of scientists to share their knowledge and experiences. They cover the whole field of health literacy research, education and practice, ranging from measuring health literacy to results of interventions in young people, older people and specific groups of patients. They also present new and innovative approaches in use of information and communication technology.

Make sure you don’t miss out by booking your place today! Visit here to register to the IROHLA project conference.


2015 International Day of the Older Persons 7 December 2015

The 2015 International Day of Older Persons focuses on sustainability and age inclusiveness in urban environments. Two months before the official launch of the EU Covenant on demographic change, the AFE-INNOVNET Thematic Network recalls the importance of making Europe more age-friendly as a holistic way to promote and protect older persons’ rights.


As stated by the United Nations, the move of people worldwide to cities is happening at a record pace, with 60% of the world population expected to reside in urban areas by 2030. Together with the rapid urbanisation witnessed in all countries worldwide, this will mean that the number of people 60+ living in cities may grow to over 900 million by 2050 making up a quarter of the total urban population in developing countries and around 35% of the population in Europe.

Ageing and urbanisation are creating major challenges for local and regional authorities. However, if tackled early and comprehensively enough, these challenges will create great opportunities for economic growth and better quality of life for urban dwellers. This is what WHO aims to achieve through its holistic work on age-friendly cities and communities.

Improving the provision of services, including health and social services, increasing the accessibility of homes and public buildings, making everyone able to easily move around, will indeed enhance older persons’ participation in their community and, doing so, will contribute to local development and make cities better places for everyone.

Supporting this approach, the AFE-INNOVNET Thematic Network will launch the EU Covenant on Demographic change on 7 December 2015. The Covenant will gather all European local, regional and national authorities, together with other relevant stakeholders, that are committed to promote active and healthy ageing through the development of age-friendly environments following WHO Age-Friendly Cities’ Guide.