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Ageing towards walkable futures Workshop

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23/10/2023 - 24/10/2023
9.30 - 17.30 h, 9.30 h - 15.00 h
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) - Sala Graus A. Calsamiglia

Walking is crucial for active and healthy ageing. The rapid ageing of the population and the rise of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide forecast an increase in the proportion of people living with walking impairment, including not only a reduction in walking activity but also adaptations such as the need to slow down or the use of assistive technologies. In addition, walking at older ages is often challenged by personal factors and by the context in which the walking activity happens. Hence, a comprehensive overview of walking in the context of ageing is needed to assess this nuanced concept, and to contribute to this growing research field.

Combining forces with leading experts in the field of ageing and walking, we have envisioned a multi-disciplinary event in which we aim to comprehensively discuss about the concept and implications of walking at older ages, and to agree on a set of research priorities and policy actions to be addressed in the near future. Specifically, we will: (1) explore what walking means from different perspectives and how it changes with ageing and in the presence of NCDs; (2) assess the emotional and social components of walking at older ages; and (3) discuss on the importance of walkable environments for older adults.

This workshop is free of charge and applications from anyone interested in the mobility and ageing field are encouraged. This will be an in-person workshop, at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Campus Ciutadella, and will be held in English. To secure your place, please complete the registration form. Seats are limited, so we encourage you to register early.

Workshop Organisers: 

  • Judith Garcia-Aymerich, ISGlobal
  • Leire Pajín, ISGlobal
  • Laura Delgado Ortiz, ISGlobal
  • Lynn Rochester, University of Newcastle

Invited Workshop Speakers:

  • Juana Willumsen, WHO
  • Lisa Alcock, Newcastle University
  • Carl-Philipp Jansen, Robert Bosch Hospital Stuttgart
  • Susanne Iwarsson, Lund University
  • Laura Coll, Universitat de Vic
  • José Augusto García Navarro, Consorci de Salut i Social de Catalunya
  • Simón Schwartz i Riera, Federació d’Associacions de la Gent Gran de Catalunya
  • Willeke van Staalduinen, AFEdemy
  • Merja Rantakokko, University of Jyväskylä
  • Josep Maria Jansà, Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona
  • Laura Delgado Ortiz, ISGlobal 

The programme includes presentations from workshop speakers, round tables and open discussions with speakers and attendees, and structured activities to set research and policy priorities for the future.


This workshop is supported by grant CEX2018-000806-S funded by MCIN/AEI/ 10.13039/501100011033