Ongoing efforts to establish new collaborative structures

At the Institute of Gerontology and the “Aging Living Conditions and Health” research profile (which spans several departments at the School of Health), we are involved in the building up of several new collaborative networks. (a) During the past year, a fruitful collaboration with the geriatric unit at Ryhov, the county hospital in Jönköping. During our first year of collaboration, we have arranged a symposia to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, and arranged, with financing from the the National Board of Health and Welfare, a specialist course in Gerontology for geriatricians as part of their specialist training programme. (b) At the School of Health we are participating in the preparation of a Horizon 2020 application in common with all departments at the school. (c) We are currently also building a collaborative structure with the universities, municipalities, counties and provinces in Linköping, Kalmar, Växjö and Jönköping. Our long term goal is the establishment of a common think tank financed by the European Union Regional funds. (d) in collaboration with Jönköping International Business School and the School of Engineering we are now in the process of applying to become a knowledge foundation environment with support from The Knowledge Foundation.