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Abstract submission is closed. Authors have been informed of the evaluation results.



Click here for a full version of the call for papers.


The full paper should be completed and sent by 27 April 2018.

Three to five best papers entered by early career researchers will be awarded. To be eligible for the award a lead author should demonstrate enrolment in a PhD or post-doctoral programme.

Papers will be evaluated by an independent evaluation board on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Originality and innovative approach applied

  • Methodological quality

  • Policy relevance

  • Contribution to further development of the AAI methodology



27–28 September 2018
Bizkaia Aretoa, Bilbao, Spain


UNECE, the European Commission's DG EMPL, the University of the Basque Country, the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, with the support of the Government of Biscay (Spain), are organising a Second International Seminar on the Active Ageing Index in Bilbao in September 2018. The seminar aims to bring together researchers, civil society representatives, policymakers and other stakeholders. It will provide a multidisciplinary forum for those interested in the use of AAI to enhance the knowledge about ageing and older people and lead to the development of better policies.

The seminar will be dedicated to the studies focusing on the use of AAI to identify ways to improve active ageing outcomes through appropriate policy measures at different levels. To feed the seminar debate, the organisations above are launching this call for papers.

The topics of interest include the following:

  • Comparing AAI results in two or more countries or subnational regions / local territorial entities and identifying explanatory factors within the context of policy differences

  • Analysing AAI results for different population groups according to determinants such as education level, income, residence area (urban/rural) etc. or their combination, identifying reasons behind existing inequalities and making recommendations for better outcomes

  • Evaluating AAI as an evidence-based monitoring and advisory tool for policymaking at national and subnational levels, using actual examples of AAI application

  • Applying AAI in combination with other measurements to analyse broader ageing-related phenomena

  • Contextual analysis and clustering of countries/regions to identify factors underlying active ageing outcomes and capacities for active ageing

  • Identifying life-course determinants of diverse active ageing outcomes observed in the AAI calculations

The list of topics is not exhaustive, however, AAI should be the focus of submitted papers for them to be considered.



Participation in the Seminar is free of charge and open for all interested in active ageing and AAI.
Please contact us at if you have any questions.




Evaluation board


Ms. Sarah HARPER
Professor, MA (Cantab.) Cambridge; DPhil (Oxon) Oxford, Professor of Gerontology at the Oxford University and Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing,


Mr. Kenneth HOWSE
Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford,

Mr. Giovanni LAMURA
Senior Gerontologist, PhD, National Institute of Health & Science on Ageing (INRCA/IRCCS), Centro Ricerche Economico-Sociali per l'Invecchiamento (Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing),

Mr. Bernhard MARIN
Prof. Dr. Bernd Marin, Director, European Bureau for Policy Consulting and Social Research, Vienna

Associate professor, Dr. hab., Academic Lecturer, Researcher, Institute of Statistics and Demography Warsaw School of Economics and Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow,;

Guest professor at the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy at the University of Antwerp, and Expert at the Belgium Federal Planning Office, Brussels;

Mr. Asghar ZAIDI
Professor in International Social Policy, Centre for Research on Ageing / Centre for Population Change, Social Sciences, University of Southampton,



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