This page details the programme for the Ageaction conference which took place on 22/23 April 2007


Registration took place between 5.30 and 7.30 on Sunday 22 April at the Sage Gateshead.

During registration delegates enjoyed an informal reception with refreshments and musical entertainment from members of the Silver Programme whilst taking in the superb surroundings of the Sage Gateshead and fantastic views of the river.

The evening reception was supported and funded by Gateshead Metropolitan Council and we offer special thanks to the Mayor of Gateshead, Councillor Maureen Goldsworthy and Mr Bob Goldsworthy for joining us at the the reception.

Monday 23 April 2007 - AGEACTION CONFERENCE


08.00 Registration (for delegates unable to attend on Sunday evening)

09.00 Civic Welcome - Mayor of Gateshead and the Lord Mayor of Newcastle

09.10 “Longevity: the big issue of our time” - Tom Kirkwood, Newcastle University

09.30 “EU funding for ageing research” – Patrik Kolar, Health Research Directorate, European Commission

09.45 “Active ageing around the world” – Alex Kalache, World Health Organisation

10.00 Coffee

10.30 “Citizenship and society in an ageing Europe” – James Vaupel, Max-Planck Institute for Demographic Research

11.00 Presentation and debate on report of Social Science Sector Panel - Chaired by Sally Greengross, International Longevity Centre

11.30 “The medical challenges of longer life” – Jean-Pierre Michel, European Academy for the Medicine of Age

12.00 Presentation and debate on report of Medicine Sector Panel -  Chaired by Alex Kalache, World Health Organisation

12.30 “Living in an ageing world: a challenge for the individual and society” – Professor Ursula Lehr, University of Heidelberg, formerly German Minister of Health

13.00 Lunch

13.45 “Unlocking the potential of biological ageing research” – Linda Partridge, University College London

14.15 Presentation and debate on report of Biology Sector Panel - Chaired by Nadia Rosenthal, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (Monterotondo)

14.45 “Technologies to enhance older age” – William Mann, University of Florida

15.15 Presentation and debate on report of Technology Sector Panel - Chaired by Wim Dekkers, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre

15.45 Tea

16.15 “Economic opportunities of increasing longevity” – Robert Diamond, Diametric Ltd

16.45 Presentation and debate on report of Finance and Industry Sector Panel - Chaired by Stewart Sutherland, UK House of Lords Science and Technology Committee

17.15 “Changing Expectations of Life: How to Make it Happen” – Panel Debate with Wim Dekkers, Sally Greengross, Alex Kalache, Nadia Rosenthal, and Stewart Sutherland.
Chaired by Tom Shakespeare, Policy Ethics and Life Sciences Institute

18.00 Close