Introduction: Health is considered to be a major determinant of quality of life, well-being, social participation and accessibility to healthcare . Assistive technology (AT) is promoted as a means of retaining autonomy and quality of life for older adults . Thus, the evolution of digitisation of services and eHealth technologies will be key to the restructuring of care delivery and help to personalise and customise individual care . In this context, the SHAPES project  aims to create the first European open Ecosystem enabling the large-scale deployment of a broad range of digital solutions for supporting and extending healthy and independent living for older adults who are facing permanently or temporarily reduced functionality and capabilities.
“A lack of co-ordination at the local, national and international level on numerous initiatives launched rapidly to combat COVID-19 could result in notably reduced co-operation and exchanges of data and results between funded projects.”
Issued by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), this warning claims that “Involving multi-sector and multi-partner co-ordination mechanisms is key to help countries better prepare for the world of tomorrow.”
Given the likelihood that we will be living with the threat of pandemics for the foreseeable future, working cooperatively and pooling resources will help safeguard the long-term sustainability of our health and social care sectors, and ensure public space remains a safe and habitable communal meeting point for all.
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With the purpose of engaging with diverse stakeholders for testing and validating its research, SHAPES conceived a set of eight Dialogue Workshops throughout 48 months of activity. The 1st dialogue workshop is a one-day event happening online on 12th May 2020 and intended to gather SHAPES partners, academics, students, NGOs and many others.
Monitoring the cybersecurity landscape and the increase of COVID-19 related cybercrimes reporting by cyber experts and law enforcement agencies worldwide, the ECHO network of cybersecurity centres has joined forces to establish its COVID-19 Cyber Defence Alliance. Its aim is to support all initiatives that aim at protecting the EU member states, key services and critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.