The Innovation Networks for Scaling Active and Healthy Ageing (IN-4-AHA) project consists of nine (9) partners, including the University of Porto, which is also a partner of SHAPES project, and will build upon the legacy of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing ecosystem (EIP on AHA) and advance digital innovation for the benefit of the silver economy.

The success and large-scale use of digital tools for citizen empowerment and person-centred care heavily depend on an active contribution from local and regional ecosystems, stakeholder groups, and organizations, including industry, civil society, academia, and public administration. In this respect, the main objective of the IN-4-AHA project is to ensure the overall coordination and support to further scale-up mechanisms provided by EIP on AHA and its stakeholders towards a more efficient uptake of innovations in active and healthy ageing.

IN-4-AHA will engage stakeholders in multiple workshops throughout the project, organized by the Competence Centre for Active and Healthy Aging of the University of Porto and capitalize those workshops in two ways: in improving both the innovation cycle as well as the engagement with all relevant stakeholders. Partnerships for the adoption of good practices, solutions and initiatives will be generated among other agents of the ecosystem of the University of Porto. Besides actively involving the EIP-on-AHA community, the project will also engage with the Joint Programming Initiative on MoreYears Better Lives; the Active and Assisted Living Programme; and the EIT Digital and EIT Health.

The first workshop was held online on the 26th of February and invited stakeholders to learn more about the IN-4-AHA project, to discuss the strategic priorities going forward, and to reflect on past successes and lessons learnt from previous projects in this area.

The IN-4-AHA project is aimed at bringing together the supply and demand sides in implementing scaling up strategies for innovative solutions (technology, integration of health and social care, systemic change), taking into account end-user’s perspective. IN-4-AHA will develop a model which facilitates the scale-up of innovative solutions in active healthy ageing, built on the participation and active contribution of the various stakeholders and the application of knowledge into practical tools for the European ecosystem and its reference sites.

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