EGen2022 Overview


The 2nd European Conference on Aging & Gerontology (EGen2022)

July 14–17, 2022 | Institute of Education, University College London (UCL), UK

We are very excited to host The 2nd European Conference on Aging & Gerontology (EGen2022), the sister conference to The Asian Conference on Aging & Gerontology (AGen), which has been held in Japan since 2015.

IAFOR has joined efforts with The Bartlett Real Estate Institute at UCL, UK, the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) at the University of Michigan, the IAFOR Research Centre at OSIPP, Osaka University, Japan, and academic leaders and thinkers of all disciplines from a wide range of prestigious institutions to host a conference that brings together all disciplines to discuss one of the greatest challenges humanity currently faces: the ageing of the population. Scholars from practically every discipline are welcomed to bring their perspective, as ageing involves almost all aspects of humanities, science and policy.

Our previous EGen event was held at The Bartlett Real Estate Institute, UCL, in 2019 and featured special keynote presentations from Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University, Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories), Professor James Barlow (Imperial College London, UK), Professor Paul Higgs (UCL, UK), Professor Nick Tyler (UCL, UK), Professor Haruko Satoh (Osaka University, Japan) and Professor Tsuyoshi Sekitani (Osaka University, Japan) together with other highly prominent academics. Click here to visit the EGen2019 conference archive.

With thematic streams covering many disciplines such as the built environment, frailty, loneliness, the silver economy, and others, EGen2022 will again provide a great opportunity for researchers.

We look forward to meeting you in London.

– The EGen2022 Organising Committee

Key Information
  • Location & Venue: Institute of Education, University College London (UCL), United Kingdom
  • Dates: Thursday, July 14, 2022 ​to Sunday, July 17, 2022
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: February 25, 2022*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: May 13, 2022
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: June 10, 2022

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.

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Speakers

  • Evangelia Chrysikou
    Evangelia Chrysikou
    University College London, UK
  • D’Maris Coffman
    D’Maris Coffman
    The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, UK
  • Christos Hadjichristodoulou
    Christos Hadjichristodoulou
    University of Thessaly, Greece
  • Kathryn M. Lavender
    Kathryn M. Lavender
    National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), United States
  • James W. McNally
    James W. McNally
    University of Michigan, USA & NACDA Program on Aging
  • Miriam Weber
    Miriam Weber
    Gemeente Utrecht, Netherlands

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Programme

  • Leisure Activities and Ageing: Cruising During the “Golden Years”
    Leisure Activities and Ageing: Cruising During the “Golden Years”
    Keynote Presentation: Christos Hadjichristodoulou
  • Featured Interview with Miriam Weber, WHO European Healthy Cities Network Chair for Utrecht, Netherlands
    Featured Interview with Miriam Weber, WHO European Healthy Cities Network Chair for Utrecht, Netherlands
    Featured Interview: Miriam Weber & Evangelia Chrysikou
  • NACDA: Data on Aging Resources from Research Ideation to Long-Term Preservation and Sharing
    NACDA: Data on Aging Resources from Research Ideation to Long-Term Preservation and Sharing
    Workshop Presentation: James W. McNally & Kathryn Lavender

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Organising Committee

The Organising Committee of The 2nd European Conference on Aging & Gerontology (EGen) is composed of distinguished academics who are experts in their fields. Organising Committee members may also be members of IAFOR's International Academic Advisory Board. The Organising Committee is responsible for nominating and vetting Keynote and Featured Speakers; developing the conference programme, including special workshops, panels, targeted sessions, and so forth; event outreach and promotion; recommending and attracting future Organising Committee members; working with IAFOR to select PhD students and early career academics for IAFOR-funded grants and scholarships; and overseeing the reviewing of abstracts submitted to the conference.

  • Marilyn Aviles, Institute of Healthcare Engineering, UCL, UK
  • Dimitrios Buhalis, Bournemouth University Business School, UK
  • Dorina Cadar, Brighton & Sussex Medical School, UK
  • Evangelia Chrysikou, Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, UCL, UK
  • Carina Dantes, SHINE 2Europe, Portugal
  • Eddy Davelaar, Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
  • Isaiah Durosaiye, School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Joseph Falzon, Centre for Research & Innovation, Malta
  • Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
  • Paul Higgs, Faculty of Brain Sciences, UCL, UK
  • Fernando Loizides, School of Computer Science & Informatics, Cardiff University, UK
  • Christina Malathouni, School of Architecture, University of Liverpool, UK
  • James W. McNally, University of Michigan & NACDA Program on Aging, USA
  • Lusi Morhayim, Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, UCL, UK
  • Elena Petelos, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Greece & Faculty of Health, Medicine & Life Sciences, Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • Haruko Satoh, Osaka University, Japan
  • Eleftheria Savvopoulou, SynThesis Architects, Greece
  • Georgios Tsakos, Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care, UCL, UK
  • Chariklia Tziraki-Segal, Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece & Melabev: Community Club for Elders, Israel
  • Antoinette Vietsch, Politician (Former MP), Architect, Healthcare Planner

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Event Partners

The European Conference on Aging & Gerontology (EGen) is run in partnership with The Bartlett Real Estate Institute at UCL, The National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) at the University of Michigan, USA, and the IAFOR Research Centre at Osaka University.

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Event Supporters

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Evangelia Chrysikou
University College London, UK

Biography

Dr Evangelia Chrysikou is a registered architect and senior research fellow at UCL. She owns the award-winning SynThesis Architects (London – Athens), that specializes in medical facilities. Her work received prestigious awards (Singapore 2009, Kuala Lumpur 2012, Brisbane 2013, Birmingham 2014, London 2014). Parallel activities include teaching at medical and architectural schools, research (UK, France, Belgium, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Greece and the Middle East) and advisory. She advised the Hellenic Secretary of Health and is the author of the new national guidelines for mental health facilities. Dr Chrysikou is the author of the book ‘Architecture for Psychiatric Environments and Therapeutic Spaces’, healthcare architecture editor, reviewer, active member of several professional and scientific associations and a TED-MED speaker. She is a Trustee, Member of the Board and Director of Research at DIMHN (UK) and Member of the Board at the Scholar’s Association Onassis Foundation.

Featured Interview (2022) | Featured Interview with Miriam Weber, WHO European Healthy Cities Network Chair for Utrecht, Netherlands
D’Maris Coffman
The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, UK

Biography

D’Maris Coffman is the Director of The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction and the Professor in Economics and Finance of the Built Environment at UCL, United Kingdom. She is Editor-in-Chief and Coordinating Editor of Elsevier's Structural Change and Economic Dynamics and on the honorary editorial boards of the Journal of Cleaner Production, Economia Politica, and the editorial boards of Frontiers of Engineering Management and the Chinese Journal of Population, Resources and Environment. She is a Fellow of Goodenough College, where several of the school's doctoral students are residential members. In 2020-21, she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Milan, Italy. She is also a Guest Professor at Beijing Institute of Technology and a Visiting Professor of Renmin University of China. Before coming to UCL in 2014, she spent six years as a fellow of Newnham College where she variously held a junior research fellowship (Mary Bateson Research Fellowship), a post as a college lecturer and teaching fellow, and a Leverhulme ECF. In July 2009, she started the Centre for Financial History, which she directed through December 2014. She has over 100 publications across the domains of economic and financial history, economic geography, infrastructure economics, and climate change economics and finance. She holds both American and British citizenship.

Christos Hadjichristodoulou
University of Thessaly, Greece

Biography

Christos Hadjichristodoulou is Professor of Hygiene and Epidemiology at the School of Medicine, University of Thessaly (UTH), Greece. He is the Director of the University’s Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Director of the Peripheral Public Health Laboratory of Thessaly and the scientific coordinator of the two-year postgraduate training program in applied public health and environmental hygiene. He is also the Head of the WHO Collaborating Center for International Health Regulations regarding “points of entry”. Moreover, he is the Coordinator of the Horizon Europe project HEALTHY SAILING, focused on the prevention, mitigation and management of infectious diseases on cruise ships and passenger ferries, which brings together a diverse network of partners from universities, industry and public health authorities. He is also a WHO expert providing technical advice for management of public health events on board ships. Christos Hadjichristodoulou was the Coordinator of the EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS Joint Action focused on preparedness and action at points of entry including ports, airports, and ground crossings (2018-2022), the EU SHIPSAN ACT Joint Action (2013-2016) and of the “Integrated surveillance and control programme for West Nile virus and malaria in Greece”. He was the Project leader of the SHIPSAN TRAINET project (2006-2008), the Scientific Coordinator of the SHIPSAN project (2008-2011), and the scientific coordinator of the project “Environmental Health Surveillance for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games”. He also held the post of the Director of the National Center for Surveillance and Intervention (1997-2000). Christos Hadjichristodoulou has over 260 publications in peer review journals.

Keynote Presentation (2022) | Leisure Activities and Ageing: Cruising During the “Golden Years”
Kathryn M. Lavender
National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), United States

Biography

Kathryn joined the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) team in November 2017 as project manager. She is involved with day to day operations including data deposits, restricted-use data agreements, data user requests, as well as long-term planning of NACDA activities in the research community.

Before transitioning to NACDA, Kathryn Lavender came to the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) from the University of Michigan-Dearborn as a co-op student, and accepted a full-time position after graduating with her degree in economics. She has been involved in many areas of ICPSR, from curating data across different projects and supervising curation staff to event planning with the summer internship program. As of this April, Kathryn has been an official ICPSR staff member for 10 years.

Workshop Presentation (2022) | NACDA: Data on Aging Resources from Research Ideation to Long-Term Preservation and Sharing
James W. McNally
University of Michigan, USA & NACDA Program on Aging

Biography

Dr James W. McNally is the Director of the NACDA Program on Aging, a data archive containing over 1,500 studies related to health and the aging lifecourse. He currently does methodological research on the improvement and enhancement of secondary research data and has been cited as an expert authority on data imputation. Dr McNally has directed the NACDA Program on Aging since 1998 and has seen the archive significantly increase its holdings with a growing collection of seminal studies on the aging lifecourse, health, retirement and international aspects of aging. He has spent much of his career addressing methodological issues with a specific focus on specialized application of incomplete or deficient data and the enhancement of secondary data for research applications. Dr McNally has also worked extensively on issues related to international aging and changing perspectives on the role of family support in the later stages of the aging lifecourse.

Workshop Presentation (2022) | NACDA: Data on Aging Resources from Research Ideation to Long-Term Preservation and Sharing
Miriam Weber
Gemeente Utrecht, Netherlands

Biography

Miriam Weber PhD studied environmental and natural sciences at the Open University of the Netherlands. After her international career as a management and environmental consultant, she combined her PhD research at Utrecht University and managed the noise department of DCMR Environmental Service Rijnmond. Since April 2016, Miriam has broadened her professional focus from environmental policy to 'healthy urban living for all'. At the municipality of Utrecht, she is responsible for the healthy ageing programme. In addition, Miriam is Utrecht’s coordinator for the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and chair of the WHO cities working group on environment and health. With her broad and longstanding experience in knowledge development, implementation and task-oriented networking, Miriam also plays a leading role in various international research projects such as Equal-Life and the Joint Action Health Equity in Europe.

Featured Interview (2022) | Featured Interview with Miriam Weber, WHO European Healthy Cities Network Chair for Utrecht, Netherlands
Leisure Activities and Ageing: Cruising During the “Golden Years”
Keynote Presentation: Christos Hadjichristodoulou

Cruising is a popular activity among older adults, offering an opportunity to travel globally while enjoying organised excursions, entertainment, dining and other amenities. According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), over half of the nearly 30 million cruise passengers in 2019 were 50 years of age or older, and over 30% were 60 or older. The rise of “retiring at sea” and “serial cruising” will likely continue with an ageing population; a cost-effectiveness analysis made the case that cruise ships can offer an alternative to traditional land-based assisted living facilities for older adults.

As semi-closed and close contact environments, cruise ships can facilitate the spread of infectious diseases (gastroenteritis, Legionnaires’ disease, influenza and vaccine-preventable diseases). European guidelines exist for prevention and management of these diseases onboard passenger ships, with health and hygiene standards implemented. However, COVID-19 identified gaps in coordinated procedures to detect and respond to new emerging diseases. In the outbreak onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, over 700 cases and 13 deaths were recorded, with symptomatic COVID-19, severe disease and death more frequent among older travellers onboard. A modelling study estimated that early disembarkation of all passengers quarantined onboard would have been associated with 76 incubating travellers, but immediate disembarkation was not feasible.

The European Union Joint Action “HEALTHY GATEWAYS” (2018-2022) published advice on February 3, 2020, and outlined measures for ship operators regarding early detection, disembarkation of first possible cases / close contacts and quarantine ashore. Experiences from the Diamond Princess and other events demonstrated that effective COVID-19 management needed pre-defined and interoperable contingency plans on ships and at ports, to ensure capacities would be available for health measures implementation. Since the start of the pandemic, HEALTHY GATEWAYS developed several evidence-based advice documents supporting governmental authorities and ship operators to safely restart cruise operations in Europe, including a tool for port public health emergency contingency planning incorporating a cruise restart process map. These advice documents provided a framework for shared protocols, to achieve common standards for COVID-19 preparedness and response onboard cruise ships in EU Member States.

An integrated approach addressing expected and new emerging infectious diseases is essential, as well as incorporating evidence-based COVID-19 prevention, mitigation and management measures into routine operations. Lessons learned during the 2020-2021 cruise season will be carried forward in a new European Union project “HEALTHY SAILING” (2022-2025) to improve the quality of passenger shipping services, facilitate recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and make passenger shipping, including cruising, safer and more resilient.

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Featured Interview with Miriam Weber, WHO European Healthy Cities Network Chair for Utrecht, Netherlands
Featured Interview: Miriam Weber & Evangelia Chrysikou

The City of Utrecht is investing in healthy urban living for everyone, a vision in which health equity is addressed in and implemented through a wide range of urban policies and programmes. With a life course and positive health approach and in co-creation with stakeholders and citizens throughout the city we are addressing gaps in health outcomes, providing social and physical living environments where the healthy choice is an easy choice, and where underlying mechanisms of negative health outcomes are targeted. One of the priority areas of Utrecht’s health policy plan is healthy ageing, and as such we are implementing programmes on ‘trip prevention’, biking and dementia-friendly environments.

As a member of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network, Utrecht is working in close collaboration with the WHO, healthy cities in Europe and globally, and with research institutes. Sharing knowledge, piloting research outcomes and setting the (inter)national agendas regarding health, enables cities to address the many challenges of ageing, climate change and other (health) crises.

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NACDA: Data on Aging Resources from Research Ideation to Long-Term Preservation and Sharing
Workshop Presentation: James W. McNally & Kathryn Lavender

Research serves the general good of the public, and the value of research data increases as it becomes discoverable, reusable, and applicable to a variety of industries and disciplines. Data archives allow research data to be distributed widely and in multiple formats, enabling the research community to share and reuse data on-demand and keep the data safe and preserved. As data archives and the research community become more efficient with data sharing and preservation, the data materials can become more accessible, which can benefit a variety of disciplines and enable team science/multidisciplinary research opportunities. The National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) is one of several social science data archives focusing on data on aging. Our mission is to advance research on aging populations and be a resource to the research community. NACDA offers data from all over the globe. Our archival system also provides a mechanism for the equitable distribution of data resources, so it can be used by any researcher, supporting a multitude of research opportunities.

This workshop, sponsored by IAFOR and NACDA, will offer hands-on examples of discovering data resources, obtaining them, and then implementing them as part of a research strategy. This workshop will facilitate your work, whether you are a student looking for a thesis topic, an instructor looking for research material to use in classroom teaching, or an established researcher looking for new opportunities. The wealth of publicly available data has created almost unlimited opportunities to explore new themes and collaborate with other researchers worldwide. NACDA has been in existence for over 35 years, and it preserves and distributes over 1,500 studies on the lifecourse and health in the United States and worldwide. Funded by the National Institute on Aging in the United States, NACDA represents one of the world’s largest research data collections.

The workshop will introduce you to the data resources NACDA offers and its many research partners worldwide. All researchers attending The 2nd European Conference on Aging & Gerontology (EGen2022), The 10th European Conference on Education (ECE2022), or The 10th European Conference on Language Learning (ECLL2022) are welcome to participate in this workshop. We invite you to ask questions and learn about data resources you can use for research, classroom instruction, or developing a research paper or thesis for your college classes. All you need is your laptop or mobile device, and our instructors will help you better understand the wealth of information that lies at your fingertips. If you would like to send us questions in advance of the workshop, please email [email protected] in advance of the conference, and we will try to incorporate your questions into the content.

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