Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative


Gadgets and wearables that support a healthy lifestyle are very hip today, but not always very attractive for the elderly. This is where ELF@Home comes in. It empowers people to manage their own health by self-check, self-care and self-fitness. Read more
The EU-funded BabyLux project has developed an easy-to-use tool for checking oxygen levels in the brains of premature babies. This is an innovation that will save lives, writes BabyLux communication officer Monica Lancini in her blog post. Read more
Considering a paid subscription to watch films, listen to music, play games or read e-books online? For almost one in three Europeans, it would be important to be able to use this subscription when travelling in another EU country. The younger the people are, the more they are attracted by cross-border opportunities. The figure goes up to 58 % amongst the 15-24 year olds and 46 % of those aged 25-39. Read more
New lighting solutions such as LEDs, lasers, computer and TV displays, the fibre-optic cables that are the backbone of the internet and of telephone systems, cameras, sensors: These and many other applications in all fields, from medicine to communications, manufacturing and design, depend on Photonics. But even though Photonics is a key enabling technology and already part of everybody's life, it has a low visibility among non-experts. The EU is therefore funding three outreach projects Read more
Patients increasingly expect to have more say in their personal healthcare, with the help of digital tools, writes Pieter Van De Graaf, eHealth Clinical Strategy Lead of the Scottish Government. Read more
The Covenant on Demographic Change will engage local and regional authorities, and other relevant stakeholders, committed to develop environments that support active and healthy ageing and contribute to increase the healthy life expectancy, enhance independent living and well-being of older persons and create a society for all ages. It will closely cooperate and build on existing initiatives such as the WHO Global Network on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, the WHO-Europe Healthy City Network, the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, in the spirit of the 2013 Dublin Declaration on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in Europe. Read more
From 07/12/2015 to 10/12/2015
The 4-days event will call for "A Pact for Innovation". Highlights of this year's programme include topics such as 'policies and politics for innovation: creating a framework for success'; 'European Innovation Ecosystems'; tackling the society's grand challenges in areas such as water, energy, environment, agriculture, bio-economy, health, transport and the role of the digital revolution in areas such as smart manufacturing. The Summit will engage actively with young people and discuss the opportunity for them in driving the future of innovation in Europe. Read more
Partnerships, programmes, initiatives and reports. Read more
AAL Forum, Ghent
What can be done to ensure that innovative AAL solutions go to market successfully across borders? How can the EU support the journey of “innovation to market” (I2M initiative) for entrepreneurs / start-ups with the ambition to go-to-market across the EU? Building on existing accelerators, digital health and technology hubs, how can the EU help “high-potential” innovators develop a pan-EU market distribution networks and effective go to market strategies? This session, organised in the context of the AAL Forum 2015, will touch on areas such as compelling data needs to inform market strategies, training, mentoring, networking and brokerage opportunities for start-ups, early user / buyer involvement in development and much needed investment to fuel development and growth of innovation in active and healthy ageing. Read more
"It has been said that futurists don’t predict the future so much as drive us towards a better one. Fulfilling the promise of these emerging technologies depends on continued research and funding. Ongoing projects, such as the Allen Institute Brain Atlas and Cell Types project, the Brain Initiative, the Human Brain Project, the Blue Brain Project and the China Brain Science Project, are all paving the way towards not only a better understanding of how the brain works, but technologies that take advantage of these discoveries to improve society." (World Economic Forum) Read more