NET4Age-Friendly is at full speed

The COST Action International Interdisciplinary Network on Smart Healthy Age-friendly Environments (Net4Age-Friendly) started in end October 2020 and in the last 3 months Working Groups were organized and the visual identity, social media and website created.  The Action has formal representatives from 41 countries. The Action already gathers a network of 260 researchers from 50 countries around the world, two also from the Centre for Social Informatics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana (Dr. Vesna Dolničar, Dr. Simona Hvalič Touzery), to advance on the work of the Stakeholders Network on Smart Healthy Age-Friendly Environments (SHAFE).


As Action Chair Carina Dantas reported, “this action aims to promote Smart Healthy Age-Friendly Environments, to overcome fragmentation and several critical gaps that still exist, both at the conceptual and pragmatic levels of innovation, to address European research and policy challenges. The current Covid-19 pandemic brings social and economic consequences that will threaten the quality of life of the most vulnerable and, in this sense, NET4Age-Friendly can bring innovative proposals that tackle it and will be essential to keep these concerns at the top of the political agenda.”

You can follow the activities on its website, and also social media: LinkedIn / Facebook / @Net4AgeFriendly / Instagram.


The main approach of NET4Age-Friendly is the establishment of local or regional ecosystems in each country involved, to work on health and well-being in an age-friendly digital world, all combined in an inclusive environment. These ecosystems include citizens, public authorities, businesses/NGOs and researchers. They will be supported by four thematic working groups:

  1. User-centred inclusive design;
  2. Integrated health and well-being pathways;
  3. Digital solutions and large-scale sustainable implementation;
  4. Policy development, funding forecast and cost-benefit evaluations.

The outcomes of the thematic working groups will be integrated through a fifth group in a single Reference Framework, which will be the main result of the project.

Back to list of notificationsPublished: 12. February 2021 | Category: News