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Kranjska Gora - September 2012

"DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE IN THE ALPS: Evolving with the needs of our people"

From 26th to 27th September 2012, the project's final event took place in the Slovenian Alpine region.

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DEMOCHANGE Allgäu: Midterm conference "Ehrenamtliche Demenzhilfe Allgäu"


Allgäu, Kempten -  April 2012

All contributing partners of the pilot action "Ehrenamtliche Demenzhilfe Allgäu" will meet on 20th April 2012 for a halftime conference. They will inform about the status of public consultation hours and training for relatives of dementia patients. The participants will also plan how to continue the project from September 2012.

Conference programme

International Conference "Cohesion Policy and Catching-up Regions"

Polish Ministry of Regional Development

Lublin- November 2011

Madeleine Koch (Uni Salzburg) and Heidrun Wankiewicz (representing Government of Salzburg) from the Demochange-team Salzburg take a look beyond the edge of the alpine space and present the project on 17th November 2011 in Poland.

The international conference Cohesion Policy and Catching-up Regions, organized by the Polish Ministry of Regional Development is envisaged as a forum of discussion about the marginalization processes in the EU and their multidimensional
territorial character, as well as the most effective support mechanisms for problem areas available within the framework of the EU cohesion policy.

Our Salzburg colleagues will participate in a panel session, discussing the demographic challenges in regional policies and represent the Demochange project.

Conference programme


DEMOCHANGE Switzerland: Conference Nidwalden

DEMOCHANGE Switzerland: conference in Nidwalden

Nidwalden - September 2011

Conference "DEMOCHANGE Nidwalden" - Citizens of Nidwalden accept the challenge

The conference "Demochange Nidwalden" took place on the 15th of September 2011 and informed about opportunities and threats of the demographic change concerning the region. The participants voted for three different projects that will be pursued by committed citizens and experts. ->

Monastero Bormida: DEMOCHANGE MidTermConference is in the spotlight

Monastero Bormida - 15th and 16th Sept 2011

For two consecutive days at the Monastero Bormida DEMOCHANGE MidTermConderence became the spotlight of Piedmont region.

Project partners, regional developers, planners, regional developers, decision-makers from local/regional levels, politicians and regional stakeholders and students from the fields of planning, economics, social work and geography from all Alpine regions were present to share and exchange their work and results on DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE.

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4th transnational DEMOCHANGE partner meeting successfully concluded

fltr: Sergio Primosig, Oswin Maurer, Barbara De Candido, Barbara Černič - Mali, Hugo Götsch, Naja Marot, Emauela Tutto, Barbara Fontana, Emanuel Valentin, Heidrun Wankiewicz, Felix Hörmann, Madeleine Koch, Stevo Scavnicar, Andreas Koch, Alexander Veser, Susanne Forster, Klemen Klinar, Rike Stotten, Stefan Rieder

Ljubljana, March 17/18 2011

All DEMOCHANGE project partners followed the invitation by the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia and the Regional Development Agency for Upper Gorenjska to join the 4th DEMOCHANGE transnational partner meeting in Ljubljana.

The model region Upper Gorenjska

The meeting started with a guided tour within the model region of Upper Gorenjska with passing Ljubljana, Bohinj, lake Bled and its island. The model region consists of four municipialities (Bohinj, Bled, Kranjska Gora, Gorje) and is part of the Gorenjska statistical region. It counts 21,584 people, which represent 11% of Gorenjska region.

From a demographical point of view, the model region registered an intensified migration process in the last ten years. Further interesting is that the average age of population increases faster than elsewhere in Slovenia. Females in the age of 15 to 49 present 44% of the whole female population in the region. People live mostly in small households, this is to say, that  the highest percentage of 1-member-households can be found in Kranjska Gora.  

DEMOCHANGE working sessions

The first working session took place in Bohinjska Bistrica, the centre of Bohinj municipality. Day one of the transnational partner meeting was focused on general information regarding the procedure of the DEMOCHANGE project and the organiziation of the midterm conference. The project partners of the Urban Planning Institute presented different data on the demographic change analysis collected so far by each project partner. The collected data will soon be published in a "Short regional report". In addition to this, the Swiss project partners gave a brief insight on how the handbook "How to establish a local steering group" will look like. The Swiss project partners will be the hosting partners for the transnational workshop, which will take place in Mai 2011 in Lucerne.

On Friday, 18th March, the working session continued at the Urban Planning Instiute.  Project partners involved in the adaption "pilot actions", presented their next steps in the elaboration and implementation of measures, the evaluation of adaption needs and the development of common strategies and related pilot actions linked to planning. The meeting was concluded by the presentation of planned actions to be taken for the analysis of the pilot actions from all model regions in order to create generalized adaptation strategies, roadmaps and activities for the alpine space.

Third DEMOCHANGE partner meeting

Lucerne - September 2010: Swiss partner Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Social Work and Interface - Policy Studies Research Consulting hosted 3rd transnational partner meeting in Lucerne.  

The first working session in Nidwalden

The first session day, on September 15th,  took place in Nidwalden, a neighbour canton of Lucerne.

Nidwalden is located in the centre of Switzerland. The population is 40,287 (in 2007) of which 4,046 (or 10%) are foreigners. The capital is Stans. The population of the canton Nidwalden (as of 31 December 2009) is 40,794. As of 2007, the population included 4,046 foreigners, or about 10% of the total population. By gender the canton is nearly evenly split with 50.9% male and49.1% female. In 2000, 75.6% of the population was Roman Catholic while 11.9% belong to the Swiss ReformedChurch. The population density is (as of December 2005) 144.3 persons per km2. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (92.5%) with a small minority speaking Italian (1.4%) or Serbo-Croatian (1.2%).

The first working session was focused on the workpackages concerning demographic  change analysis, adaptation process utilities and adaptiaon pilot actions. A discussion round, led by Emanuel Müller from Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, with the local steering group consisting of Hanspeter Schüpfer, Doris Neuhäusler, Margrit Kopp, Rob Furger, Conrad Wanger concluded the first working day in Nidwalden. 

DEMOCHANGE partners were invited to cap the evening nicely with a joint dinner in Lucerne with representatives from the Conference of Swiss Central Cantons Luzern, Uri, Schwyz, Obwalden, Zug and Nidwalden.

Second working session at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

The second working session took place at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Lucerne and was concentrated on the organisation and activities related to the planned midterm conference, which will take place 2011 in Turin.

24th annual AESOP conference in Helsinki

24th annual AESOP conference "space is luxury"

Helsinki - July 2010

Salzburg project team leader Heidrun Wankiewicz together with Barbara Zibell, Hannover and Doris Damyanovic, Vienna presented research results on “Gender planning: new challenges and chances in times of demographic change” for an international audience on Friday 8th of July within the morning session of track 4 “Complexity in planning”. About 680 registered conference participants have met between July 7th and 10th at the Alvar Aalto University under the theme “Space is luxury”.

For more information have a look in the book of abstracts (page 108)

22nd Conference of the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR)

22nd Conference of the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR)

Istanbul - July 2010

DEMOCHANGE was presented and referred to in one of the presentations at the 22nd Conference of the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) in Istanbul, Turkey 4-7 July, 2010.

This Network is composed of researchers from a variety of social science disciplines dealing with housing and urban issues. In addition to its basic goal of supporting research, the Network also seeks to promote contacts and communications between researchers and practitioners within the housing field. It has more than 1000 individual and nearly 100 institutional members representing every country in Europe.  ENHR also provides a framework for twenty working groups. Major international conferences are organised biennial. This years conference in Istanbul was entitled "Urban Dynamics & Housing Change".

Boštjan Kerbler, member of the DEMOCHANGE team (Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia) participated at the conference in the working group "Housing & living conditions of ageing populations". The Working group focused on different generations or age groups i.e. from seniors (e.g. 55+) to the very old (e.g. 95+), all within a large and growing part of ageing populations. The elderly live in different economic situations, with different ethnic and cultural backgrounds and have various abilities/disabilities as well as different interests and preferences. They live in different environments with a multitude of lifestyles and gender related conditions. All these diversities which call for different approaches are considered within the research focus of this ENHR Working group.

Boštjan Kerbler presented the situation of elderly people in Slovenia, with a special emphasis on caring for the elderly population in peripheral areas of Slovenia, including the Alpine parts.

15th International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society

Vienna - May 2010

In May 2010 the "15th International Conference on Urban Planning
and Regional Development in the Information society" took place in Vienna and was organized by CORP (Competence Center of Urban and Regional Planning).

The main topic was "Cities for Everyone - Liveable, Healthy, Properous - Promising vision or unrealistic fantasy?". Several guest speakers were giving lectures about urban planning, real estate development, transport and environmental development. Afterwards the participants were able to join in at workshops or to discuss with the guest and keynote speakers.

Franz Dollinger, Thomas Prinz, Wolfgang Spitzer and Heidrun Wankiewicz were the representatives of the DEMOCHANGE project. They were presenting a paper with the idea of DEMOCHANGE and came up with the an insistent warning not to underestimate or forget about demographic change. Furthermore, some project-results of the pilot region Pinzgau, Pongau and Lungau were presented.


Second partner meeting DEMOCHANGE - 25th and 26th of February 2010 Valle d'Aosta

Meeting point: Forte di Bard - Valle d'Aosta

The Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley in Italy will host  the next  Demochange conference. All thirteen project partners will meet on 25th and 26th February 2010 at the fortress Forte di Bard, a very unique site in the medieval village of Bard, to discuss on next steps to be taken for the Demochange project.

Meeting point: Forte di Bard, Valle d'Aosta

Photogallery - Second partner meeting DEMOCHANGE

Kick-off meeting DEMOCHANGE - 13th of November 2009 Munich

University of Applied Sciences Munich

The first meeting of the project team of DEMOCHANGE took place in the facilities of the Munich University of Applied Sciences. Ms. Antonia Widmer-Leitz from the JTS and Mr. Florian Ballnus from the Alpine Space Contact Point Germany also joined the meeting to provide advice in questions of project implementation.


Photogallery - Kick-off meeting DEMOCHANGE