Greater Manchester awarded European Reference Site for active and healthy ageing
13 January 2017
Greater Manchester has been awarded a three-star European Reference Site award for Active and Healthy Ageing by the European Commission. The award represents international recognition as “highly inspirational ecosystems, delivering creative and workable solutions to improve the lives and health of older people”.
The Reference Site status is part of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP), which was initiated by the European Commission in 2011 to tackle societal challenges through research and innovation. The EIP has five focus areas, with one of those being Active and Health Ageing (AHA).
MICRA and the University of Manchester were members of the consortium which put together the reference site bid co-ordinated by the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (GMAHSN), one of 15 Academic Health Science Networks across England tasked with spreading innovation, improving health and generating economic growth. The Reference Site award was collected by a delegation from Greater Manchester during a special ceremony at the Second European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing, presented by Günther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society on 7 December 2016.