More years = better lives?

29th June 2018

Technopolis Group evaluates the impact and reach of the Joint Programming Initiative “More Years, Better Lives” (JPI MYBL)

The Technopolis Group was commissioned to carry out an evaluation of the JPI MYBL’s impact and reach over the 2015 – 2018 period. 

Demographic change and an ageing society is a key challenge facing Europe and other high-income countries. The United Nations projects that globally, the number of persons aged 60 and above will rise from 245 million in 
2005 to 406 million in 2050; by 2030, one in eight people worldwide will be 65 or above. While an ageing population is the key factor in driving demographic change, others such as rural depopulation and international migration also play important roles. Many of the consequences of demographic change are poorly understood and relate to a wide range of research and policy fields, from health and social welfare, to education, work and productivity, housing, urban and rural development, and mobility.

Launched in 2011, the Joint Programming Initiative “More Years, Better Lives” (JPI MYBL) has the overarching goal of “preparing and coordinating R&D activities in order to provide solutions for the upcoming demographic challenges and enable benefits from the potential of societal change in Europe”. It currently has a membership of 15 European countries, as well as Israel and Canada. 

Technopolis has now presented the final report and recommendations to the JPI’s General Assembly, composed of representatives from ministries and funding agencies of the member states including the UK’s ESRC, Germany’s BMBF, Canada’s CIHR, Sweden’s Forte, and – hosting – the Research Council of Norway. The study’s findings and recommendations have been well received and provide the basis for discussions to inform the JPI MYBL’s strategy going forward. 

For further information, please contact Dr Maike Rentel.