The Future of Smart & Healthy Ageing:
SHAPES Results, Recommendations & Reflections for an Inclusive Europe and a participative Civil Society

Workshop Details


Tuesday, 12 September 2023 – 10:00 to 13:30 CET


Virtual Zoom Webinar Call


Simultaneous interpretation in English and International Sign, and English subtitles will be provided. The stream will be broadcast in Italian and Spanish.


How can older people in Europe age better? How can the use of technology support them in social participation, in being healthy or in managing illness and disability?

The 4-year long Smart and Healthy Ageing through People Engaging in Supportive Systems (SHAPES) project has sought to support older adults in retaining their independence and autonomy. SHAPES has created a unique and open pan-European Ecosystem including a standardised, interoperable, and scalable Platform for the integration of smart technologies. This large-scale project worked across 14 European countries with over 300 staff contributing to it. In this webinar we share our approach and some of the outcomes; and we invite leading contributors from civil society, researchers and practitioners to share their impressions and their views with us. We also ask them – What will projects like this one be doing in 10 years time? Please join us to review our work, to ask questions, to hear commentary and to SHAPE what comes next form smart and healthy ageing in Europe and beyond.

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10h00 CEST | Welcome and short introduction to SHAPES

Mac MacLachlan | Coordinator of the SHAPES Project – Maynooth University, Ireland

10h15 – 10h30 CEST |  How did we come to understand people’s lives: SHAPES Stories?

Katja Seidel & Jamie Saris, Maynooth University

10h30 – 10h45 CEST | SHAPES Stories participant

Helmut Lutzmann

10h45 – 11h00 CEST | BREAK

11h00 – 11h15 CEST | What have our pilot sites demonstrated?

Sonja Grigoleit, Fraunhofer INT

11h15 – 11h30 CEST | SHAPESing your day

Michael Cooke, Maynooth University

11h30 – 11h45 CEST | How does the SHAPES Marketplace work?


11h45 – 12h00 CEST | Marketplace Demo

Ioannis Kefaloukos, Hellenic Mediterranean University

12h00 – 12h15 CEST | BREAK

12h15 – 12h40 CEST | Panel Discussion: Reflections

Catherine Holloway –University College London, Global Disability Innovation Hub
Lucía D’Arino, World Federation of the Deafblind
Mark Wheatley, European Union of the Deaf
Joke de Ruiter-Zwanikken, AGE Platform Europe

12h40 – 12h55 CEST | Slido What will a project like this be exploring in 10 years from now?

12h55 – 13h15 CEST | Responses

Panel and Participation

13h15 – 13h30 CEST | Closing

Mac MacLachlan, Maynooth University