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The Views of Young Policy-makers

Young Gasteiners event

The one-day workshop explored thematic challenges together with young policy-makers coming from 14 Member States, the Young Forum Gastein and the Erasmus Students Network.

The first part of the workshop was dedicated to the result of an online survey. Margot Bezzi (EC), from the ICT for Health Unit, gave an overview of the results obtained from the online survey that was launched in preparation of the event: in order to explore their interests and inclinations, participant were asked to propose relevant ideas through an online survey. Eighteen contributions were sent, which identified relevant trends and issues across three main dimensions and at different level of detail: health, technology, and the general social dimension.

The young futurists had several motivations to discuss, learn and share. They were motivated to contribute "shaping" future society with bringing themselves and their visions as human beings and experts to discuss on some of the issues such as digitalization of health care, use of ICT in prevention, treatment and management of mental disorders, knowledge management for decision-making.

Trends like social media, the spread of smart mobile communications and visions like world without language barriers, combating stress and anxiety "diseases" of the future were on the table. Young futurists identified that macroeconomic scenario about the future of health and wealth were rather uncertain, however there were few key visible factors such as ageing, increased needs for health, growing pressure on health care systems with impact on our future.

It has been highlighted that technology should be more patient-centric and should better support health services, quality control, safety, privacy protection.

The group also addressed cross-cutting issues as international cooperation, employment, innovation and entrepreneurship, and the need for better EU-wide knowledge brokering mechanisms.



During the session, 21 topics in total were suggested and voted. Similar topics were merged and the top 5 ranking topics were selected for discussion:

  • 1. Innovative health prevention

  • 2. High-tech related to health and social care

  • 3. Creative destruction or dislocation

  • 4. Knowledge sharing to support innovation

  • 5. Breakdown of language barriers

The results of the brainstorming (the five topics above) were presented in the final session and several new questions emerged during the presentations.

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Date & Time: 
Wednesday, 4 April, 2012 - 12:00
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