Who we are
Project partners
ISIS Institut für Soziale Infrastruktur gemeinnützige GmbH (Coordinator)

ISIS is a non-profit institute for applied social research and social planning. Established in 1991, ISIS specialises in practice-oriented social science analyses as well as providing consulting services, developing social structures and transferring knowledge. Their team members and their collective knowledge are their resources. They combine social science expertise and interdisciplinary competence.

ISIS is focusing on the issues of age, discrimination, digitalisation, health and participation. The leading idea is to strengthen democratic structures. For this purpose, ISIS has also been working for many years at the European level with various partners.

AFEdemy, Academy on Age-Friendly Environments In Europe BV

AFEdemy is a private limited company based in Gouda, the Netherlands. It was founded in May 2017 and since then AFEdemy has been successfully involved in European networks and projects. The reason behind the foundation of AFEdemy is to address the challenge of implementation for the many organisations embracing the WHO holistic concept of age-friendly cities and environments. Therefore, AFEdemy’s mission is to build capacity of national, regional and local stakeholders in the field of smart healthy age-friendly environments. Main target groups for training and advice are older adults, public authorities, architects, health care institutions, and research and ICT development agencies. To achieve the company’s aim, AFEdemy offers the following services: stakeholders’ connection and networking, curriculum and MOOC development, trainings, coaching and research.

SHINE 2Europe

SHINE 2Europe aims to promote inclusive communities to all citizens, by delivering research and support to the implementation of tech-Savvy, Healthy and INclusivE solutions. With a clear vision of fostering societal growth and inclusiveness, SHINE promotes sharing of good practices, active networking between different stakeholders and countries and projects in areas deemed as essential to society, such as equality and inclusion, ethical behaviour and environmental responsibility. SHINE chairs the COST Action NET4Age-Friendly and is a Member of the Focus Group of the EU Pact for Skills for the Proximity and Social Economy ecosystem.

Vytauto Didziojo Universitetas

VDU is a comprehensive public university devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, research, arts and innovation, and fostering critical thinking, imaginative response as well as the desire and capacity for lifelong learning of their students who will have an impact on the world, locally and globally. Current studies and research implemented refer to the fields of humanities, social, physical, biomedical, technological and agricultural sciences. Aside from 46 BA and MA full-time degree programmes in English, together VDU offers 195 study degree programmes, as well as integrated studies of law and postgraduate for 8628 students including doctoral studies in 23 diverse fields for 292 PhD students. VDU staff refers to 1592 (793 – academic, 799 – non-academic). Studies at VDU are organized by 9 faculties (Informatics, Natural Sciences, Economics and Management, Law, Political Science and Diplomacy, Social Sciences, Humanities, Arts, Catholic Theology) and 3 Academies (Agriculture, Education, Music). Academic and research infrastructure as well refer to VDU Kaunas Botanical Garden, Institute of Foreign Languages, Innovative Studies Institute, supported by 9 departments, 8 university centres, and other divisions. VDU has been involved in H2020, COST, Erasmus+, Nordplus, LIFE, Interreg programmes, as well as national European Structural Funds’ projects being a project partner and coordinator (over 300 EU ongoing projects in the fields of biotechnology, biophysics, bio-economy, agriculture, creative industries, law, education, sociology, psychology, computational linguistics, bilingualism, etc.). VDU is a member of diverse EU associations and international organizations of higher education and research such as the European University Association, the European Association for International Education, the Baltic Sea Region University Network, European Distance and E-Learning Network, etc. The University having 471 Erasmus+ partners in 60 states has over 200 bilateral collaborative agreements with the universities worldwide covering 42 countries in Europe, Asia, South and North America, North Africa, and China.


CADIAI, a category A social cooperative, was founded in Bologna in 1974 and is a registered ONLUS (non-profit social organization). It provides social, healthcare, and educational services to the public (often in cooperation with public bodies), and healthcare surveillance, occupational health services, and safety training programmes to companies. CADIAI operates primarily in the province of Bologna, where it was founded. It develops projects outside this province by creating partnerships with local cooperatives that share its spirit. It is a member of Legacoop Bologna, emphasising its ties to the city and province, and participates in conferences (especially in the social sphere) proposed by this trade association, one of Italy’s largest. It is also a member of Legacoopsociali, part of Legacoop.

PARITÄTISCHE Projekte gemeinnützige Gesellschaft mbH

Paritätische Projekte gGmbH is a non-profit organisation responsible for twenty social facilities in Hessen (Germany). Fields of the work are youth welfare, addiction aid, the participation of handicapped people, care, self-help and social volunteering. They are part of Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband in Hessen, sharing values such as openness, diversity and tolerance in their everyday work.

In their five self-help-offices they support self-help groups, promote their interests, assist the formation of new groups and help people find a group for their needs. There is a wide range of topics the groups address. They offer help for disabled people, people with chronic diseases, mentally ill persons and people with challenging life-circumstances. The core idea of their self-help services is to empower people to cope with their stresses and strains by building networks and sharing information and experiences.

Associated partners

Associação Nacional de Cuidadores Informais (Portugal)

Voorall (Netherlands)

Rotes Kreuz (Germany)

Interessengemeinschaft pflegender Angehöriger (Germany)

Gesundeitsamt (Germany)

ieder(in) (Netherlands)

Kauno Arkos bendruomenė (Lithuania)


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