Observatory Venice Summer School 2011


I had the honour to co-direct this year's Observatory Venice Summer School 2011 on the island of San Servolo, which addressed the response of health systems to the challenge of demographic ageing, together with Reinhard Busse (Technical University of Berlin) and Emily Grundy (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).  We looked at:
      • - the challenges of ageing (the projections, what they mean in practice, and how much uncertainty there is);
      • - how best to promote healthy ageing (key targets to address, best practice from across Europe, psychological insights into behaviour change, working in partnership with older people and maintaining economic and social integration);
      • - and adaptation of health systems (ensuring integrated care, new technologies, ethical issues and supportive financing mechanisms).
We also worked together in interactive groups to share insights amongst a varied range of participants from across Europe, as well as benefiting from insights from senior political and policy figures.  More information is available on the school website.

I'm glad to say that the participants overall found the school valuable and interesting, though of course as always the faculty learn as much as the students in these events.  I'm looking forward to next year's edition - any suggestions for topics to address would be very welcome!

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