NOVA's Rectory hosted, on July 12, 2021, the formalization ceremony for the Creation of the Portuguese Healthy and Active Aging Network – RePEnSA - and the Presentation of Contributions to the 2021-2030 Action Plan.
The creation of the RePEnSA network follows the initiative of the European Commission to cover Europe with reference centres for Active and Healthy Aging, in each of the member states, and to create national networks that can collaborate with each other beyond borders, develop innovative solutions and share best practices.
In the opening session, the Rector of NOVA, Professor João Sàágua, said that “being a University oriented towards research and innovation, NOVA is always eager to participate in projects that create value for society using its main resource – knowledge.”
Dr. Joaquim Sardinha, Vice-President of the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo Regional Coordination and Development Commission, and Dr. Irina Kalderon Libal, Policy Officer Health Innovation and Ageing of the European Commission, were also speakers at the opening session.
The four Centres that form the Portuguese Healthy and Active Aging Network were then presented – Porto4ageing by Professor Elísio Costa, Ageing @Coimbra by Professor João Malva, Lisbon Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA) by Professor Helena Canhão and A3 – Algarve Active Ageing by Professor Sandra Pais.
The agreement formalizing the creation of the RePEnSA network was signed by the Rector of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Professor João Sàágua, Rector of the University of Porto, Professor António Sousa Pereira, Rector of the University of Coimbra, Professor Amilcar Falcão, Vice-Rector of the University of Algarve, Professor Saúl Jesus and by Dr. Nuno Marques, Director of the Algarve Biomedical Center.
Dr. Nuno Marques delivered the presentation of Contributions to the 2021-2030 Action Plan that ended with the delivery of the Proposal to the Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Dr. Ana Mendes Godinho, who later closed the session.