Photoexhibition at Free University of Bolzano-Bozen
from May 6 til June 16 2013
2012-10 Press release 04
Boom town or Alpine idyll? – Demographic change as an opportunity in the Alpine space.
"How can regions in the Alps benefit from the opportunities provided by demographic change?" – This, according to Thomas Bausch, is the key question of “Demochange”.
The Director of the Alpine Research Institute and Professor of Tourism at Munich University of Applied Sciences, Dr Bausch is leading the project – funded by the EU Alpine Space Programme – until the end of 2012. First of all 13 partners from five countries analysed demographic change in the Alpine area. On the basis of the facts, they then went on to develop pilot measures with the people in ten Alpine regions, aimed at resolving concrete problems and highlighting opportunities. Furnished with the resulting strategies and recommendations, they are now addressing primarily experts in spatial planning, regional development and policies in the Alpine area.
Series of images by ten artists selected for the Demochange Photo Competition show the many faces of change in the Alpine region. The exhibition was shown at the Slovenian Alpine Museum in Mojstrana until 4th November, and from 26th December 2012 it can be seen at the Messner Mountain Museum RIPA in Bruneck. The Results of Demochange were presented in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia at the end of September.
2012-09 Press release 03
Demochange photo contest and exhibition
The exhibition entitled “Demochange. Photographs of change in alpine regions” is the outcome of a photo contest conducted in Germany, Italy, Austria and Slovenia. The theme of the contest was the exploration of the impact of demographic change in alpine regions.
The special feature of this contest and the big challenge for the participants was that they had to submit a series of photographs. This is how the contest gained a professional standard, of which the subsequent exhibit of the pictures sent in became the visible testimony.
The photo contest and the ensuing exhibition is the result of an international research project entitled DEMOCHANGE. The project DEMOCHANGE is co-funded by the “Alpine Space Programme”, the EU transnational co-operation programme for the Alps. The Alpine Space "DEMOCHANGE" project's aim is to better understand the past, current and future regional and spatial impacts of demographic change specifically within the mountain regions. Therefore, it is allocated to the programmes priority “Competitiveness and Attractiveness”, which is one of three thematic fields, the Alpine Space Programme is aiming at.
Series of photographs of 10 photographers from Germany, Italy, Austria and Slovenia were chosen for the exhibit: These are Veronika Galli (D), Christian Ganschitter (A), Margit Klieber (A), Giovanni Melillo Kostner (I), Karl Mätzler (A), Erik Neimanns (D), Peter Pokorn (SLO), Karin Rettensteiner (A), Felix Tschurtschenthaler (I) and Jörg Waste (D).
2012-08 Press release 02
Demographic change in the Alps -
an invitation to the final conference of the EU "demochange" Project
Munich, September 2012 – How does the mix of an ageing population, lower birth rates and a higher life expectancy specifically affect the sensitive Alpine space? And what action should be taken in this area to deal with the consequences of demographic change?
Thirteen partners involved in the "DEMOCHANGE" Project have not only prepared detailed analyses and strategies, but also developed practical instruments. The most important results will be presented at the international final conference on 26th – 27th September 2012 in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.Due to its topography, natural resources and attraction to tourists, the Alpine space is particularly affected by demographic change. For this reason, the EU Alpine Space Programme is co-funding the DEMOCHANGE project. An international team led by the Department of Tourism at the Munich University of Applied Sciences has analysed the main challenges that the Alpine space faces due to an ageing population. At the same time, the influences of migration and infrastructure were investigated, as well as the effects on tourism, agriculture, the health and care sector, housing construction and education.
In addition, the winners of the DEMOCHANGE photo competition will be announced at the conference and their photos shown. The conference languages are German, Italian and Slovenian. Please register at: info(at)demochange.org, participation in the conference is free of charge.
2010-04 Press release 01
Demographic Change in the Alps: Europe’s societies on watch
In Europe’s aging societies, demographic change has become a crucial issue. The Alpine Space "DEMOCHANGE" project's aim is to better understand the past, current and future regional and spatial impacts of demographic change specifically within the mountain regions.
Demograghic change describes a change in the age structure of a society‘s human population. This includes various aspects, such as birth rates, death rates and migration in or out of the society. Thirteen key partners from Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland, have joined the Project DEMOCHANGE to elaborate adaptation strategies to spatial planning and regional development in ten Alpine model regions. As the Alpine space differs greatly from its surrounding metropolitan areas, specific in-depth studies for accurate spatial planning and regional development are required. Separate analyses of each Alpine area are needed in various fields such as migration, cost and quality of settlement and housing, labor market, changes in regional demand for public services (i.e. transportation, healthcare, education) and changes in consumer behavior related to key economies such as tourism and agriculture.
The DEMOCHANGE project is co-funded by the “Alpine Space Programme”, the EU transnational co-operation programme for the Alps and will be led by Munich University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Tourism.