Alpine Space Transnational Governance of Active and Healthy Ageing

The ASTAHG project is carried out by a strong partnership of nine partners from five Alpine countries (Austria, France, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland).. The project partners have various origines, ranging from local, regional and national public authority, public service provider, high education and research, business support organisation and an  interest group, ensuring access to a wide variety of stakeholders. The project partners are supported by twenty observers with strong interest in Active and Healthy Ageing in the Alpine space.

  • FVG Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • AREA Area Science Park
  • PAT | Autonomous Province of Trento
  • AULSS1 Local Health Authority n.1 Dolomiti
  • PLUS | The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research at University of Salzburg
  • ECV | European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research
  • PSP PACA Professional network of home care service providers in Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur
  • NIJZ | National Institute of Public Health
  • GINA | Geneva International Network on Agein


Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia

The Central Directorate of Health drafts the policies on health and social care, prepares the strategic planning and sets the financial resources for regional health- and social-care interventions. It coordinates and monitors the regional local healthcare providers’ activities and the social services system (locally implemented through the municipalities). It holds relations and manages collaborative projects with national, regional and international organizations. It led the design and adoption of the Active and Healthy Ageing Regional Law (n.22/2014), making FVG the 1st Region in Italy to adopt a policy on the topic. It also chairs the regional interdirectional board that implements the policy. Moreover, it represents the Region as Reference Site of the EIPonAHA initiative. In the project, it will actively contribute to the transnational board discussion, analysing governance models, providing data and including project results in Regional policy making.

Area Science Park


Area Science Park - a public national research organization supervised by the Ministry of Research - promotes the development of innovation processes. For 40 years, Area Science Park’s mission has been to boost connections between research and enterprise, public administration and the private sector, supporting national and international initiatives and fostering territorial development. Area Science Park’s valuable assets can provide a range of benefits to regional and national economic systems, including specialized skills for business innovation services, capacity for the creation and development of innovative start-ups, cutting-edge equipment and technological facilities for industrial research, advanced training for human resources.

In the health sector, Area Science Park has extensive technical competences in managing health innovation projects and technology transfer and has a wide network of relationships with public administration and research organizations dealing with healthcare at a national and regional level. Area Science Park collaborates with regional stakeholders operating in the health-care sector, develops and improves public-private cooperation based on Open Innovation, develops transversal and specialized methodologies to support innovation.

Area Science Park is an official member of the RIS3 Strategic Committee for the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region’s innovation strategy, and is a governing body of the regional cluster on Ambient Assisted Living, working in close cooperation with the Regional Authority’s Health Research Directorate, which defines social and health policies.

Finally, AREA Science Park has extensive expertise in leading policy-building activities with public authorities, supporting the exchange of experiences and cooperation among different bodies and institutions.

Autonomous Province of Trento

The Autonomous Province of Trento  is a small and almost entirely mountainous Italian region (6,200 km2) located in Northeast Italy. Administratively, the Province enjoys a large degree of autonomy in the sectors of health, education, welfare and transport infrastructure. It has an Institutional role: planning, funding and controlling functions for the health and social services. The Autonomous Province of Trento, through the Department of Health and Social Solidarity is a Reference Site on EIP-AHA.(European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing). The act is in a phase of  preparation.
Our Reference Site adopted as governance model the “Quadruple Helix Model” to develop initiatives for the EIP – AHA. The “Quadruple Helix Model" involves Local healthcare entities:
1/Care Trust of the Autonomous Province of Trento (Azienda Provinciale per i Servizi Sanitari) and The Autonomous Province of Trento
2/Research and Innovation: Fondazione Bruno Kessler and  University of Trento;
3/Companies, HIT (Hub Innovation Trentino), Voluntary sector, Onlus, associations that work in the social sector,
4/Citizens: various associations

Also, E-Health is one of the most important topics of the Public Service in which Trentino is putting together a set of best practices to provide excellent services to all the people. The local healthcare service is committed to develop innovative solutions to support advanced models of service management in social and health care provided to the citizens in an integrated manner by multiple agencies and organizations, both public and private.

Local Health Authority n.1 Dolomiti

The Local health Authority n.1 Dolomiti (Azienda ULSS n.1 Dolomiti) as 1 of the 9 Local Health and Social Authorities that compose the Veneto Region’s Social and Health Care System, delivery healthcare and social care services to 200.000 inhabitants in 63 mountains municipality located in the Province of Belluno.

It runs six hospitals and providing also primary care.

The Local Health Authority has a long experience in project related to integrated care enabled by ICT and thanks to its role has several professionals with high skills in the field of chronic disease management and prevention, people with disability support, social care services and active aging. Professionals employee by the Local Health Authority includes medical doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists and  educators."


The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research at University of Salzburg

The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research (CEPR) at the University of Salzburg (PLUS) is an interdisciplinary research institute which dedicates their research activities to three main topics: normative ethics, fundamental poverty, and culture and precarious lifeworlds. The team, composed of philosophers, sociologists, geographers, political scientists and German philologists, aims to investigate poverty and social inequality from different theoretical and methodological perspectives in order to achieve applied knowledge about how to alleviate poverty and inequality. Methods applied comprise social network analysis, discourse analysis, statistics as well as modelling and simulation. Linking active and healthy ageing with issues of social inequalities is one topic CEPR is interested in within the project ASTAHG. The CEPR is a member of the gerontology network of PLUS, which is engaged in a structured PhD programme about ageing research.  

European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research

The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, in short EUROPEAN CENTRE, is an UN-affiliated intergovernmental organization concerned with all aspects of social welfare policy and research established in 1974 in Vienna. The EUROPEAN CENTRE provides expertise in the fields of welfare and social policy development – in particular in areas where multi- or interdisciplinary approaches, integrated policies and inter-sectoral action are called for. Research activities within the EUROPEAN CENTRE are organized in to two larger units: (1) Work and Welfare Programme; and (2) Health and Care Programme.

One of the core strengths of the EUROPEAN CENTRE is the bridging of knowledge and policy evidence between the “Europe of 56” (UN-Europe) and in particular EU countries and (potential) candidate countries and the countries of the Eastern partnership. The bridging function is based on three main pillars: 1) Comparative social policy and welfare research; 2) Knowledge transfer and public forum function; and 3) Policy consultancy; and on the premise of close collaboration and participation with the national governments of European countries, the European Union and other relevant stakeholders at the international, European and national level.

Of particular relevance for the ASTAHG project is the expertise of EUROPEAN CENTRE staff in policy impact evaluation, including the development of the Active Ageing Index (AAI) and the Monitoring and Assessment Framework for the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (MAFEIP). Both the AAI and MAFEIP have evolved into international standards for socioeconomic analysis in active and healthy ageing (AHA) and they will feed into methodology development for ASTAHG impact and innovation evaluation metrics as well as the AHA governance assessment methodology. 


Professional network of home care service providers in Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur

Pôle Services à la Personne Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PSP PACA) is a professional network of home care service ecosystem, in the French Region of Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. Created in January 2007, PSP PACA gathers different organizations and services within the social and health sector in order to work on a coordinated health and care circuit for people living at home. The cluster’s ambitions are to help its member’s organizations to grow and be innovative, to consolidate employment and create new jobs. PSP PACA supports organisations in their professionalization / improvement of performance (Human Resources, Quality...), growth paths, emergence and management of innovative projects (Corporate Social Responsibility, Silver economy - digital innovation, mutualization,...). As the first regional network, the Cluster identifies, builds and disseminates good practices in the sector.

From the beginning, PSP PACA is in connection with public institutions at different levels (Regional Council, Departmental Councils, Metropolitan Areas, Municipalities, Prefectures, Regional Agency of Health, etc.). Thanks to its experience and the expertise acquired at the regional level on medico-social intervention, the Cluster is identified as a privileged interlocutor on Silver Economy, assistance and support services at home. For example, PSP PACA participates in developing Regional Strategy of Innovation of the Region Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (Silver economy – aging population), and develops partnerships with the Departments responsible for social and aging policies.




National Institute of Public Health

National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) is the central Slovenian institution for public health practice, research and education. It works on the areas of epidemiology of diseases, health protection, health system research and national preventive programmes in primary health care. It is the central statistical authority in health. It provides health research to protect and increase the level of health of population by raising the awareness of population and carrying out preventive measures. 

NIJZ coordinated the preparation of the background strategic documents for the governmental longevity strategy and is involved in the governmental strategic bodies for the preparation of the AHA strategy.

NIJZ will contribute in ASTAHG with multidisciplinary competence and understanding of drivers and needs of other sectors in relation to AHA within the Health in All Policies approach. NIJZ developed participatory engaging  multistakeholders approach, at local/regional levels, which might be share with other partners.

NIJZ will participate at the AHA transnational/multilevel governance board, in the preparation of the AHA framework, in the good practices mapping, including innovative approaches. NIJZ will disseminate the ASTAHG outcomes in the AS, at national and EU level.


Geneva International Network on Ageing

Geneva International Network on Ageing (GINA) is a unique open network of International organisations, local and international NGOs and experts specialised in ageing. By bringing together interdisciplinary leadership and expertise in the various fields of ageing, GINA is able to address the challenges and opportunities presented by an ageing society in an integrated and unique way. GINA aims to promote physically, mentally and socially active and healthy ageing throughout the life course. It also endeavours to focus attention on issues relating to longevity and health, social security issues, human rights, quality of life, and dignity of older persons at the local and international level. GINA's goal is to provide a platform for information exchange and networking among policymakers, activists, researchers, service providers and educators, as well as among regional and international senior association.