The second WIPP kick-off meeting took place in Kiel on 28th June 2017 and was split in two parts, one in the morning including the press conference and one in the afternoon. In the morning, the participants were the German project and network partners, the press from Kiel, the Danish project leader Paolo Caserotti, the Danish project manager Iwan Alstrup and Asger Kuhdal from the Danish municipality of Odense.
Petra Hampel from the Europa-Universität Flensburg welcomed the participants and chaired the meeting through the day. At first, Gerwin Stöcken of the council of Kiel gave a speech on the necessity of paying more attention on the population aged 65+ and the idea of active healthy ageing. Further he outlined the potential and needs among the seniors in the city of Kiel and stated the process of ageing not as an illness, but as a chapter in one’s life. Project leader Paolo Caserotti continued with a short portray of the project and its various potentials. In addition, the project manager Iwan Alstrup focused on the project’s sustainability and on the Quadruple Helix Model. He emphasized the importance of the cross-border collaboration of the project as well as network partners.
The meeting went on with the presentation of the German project partners. Petra Hampel from the Europa-Universität Flensburg, Frank Reiser from the council of Kiel, Manfred Wegner from Kiel University, Gesa Rogowski from the Karl-Heinz-Howe-Simon-Fiedler-Foundation and Kerstin Berszuck from the AOK NordWest presented the partners’ tasks in the project and their advantage of the participation. Manfred Wegner explained more precisely the course of the planned preventive home visits in Kiel as part of the WIPP project. One aim of the project is to gain data about the health status among the population 65+ and their needs. The press conference concluded with questions and discussions from the press and network partners.
The meeting continued with a discussion about competences, which the project and network partners can contribute to the project and their goals within the WIPP project. The results were gathered and presented by Petra Hampel and Gesa Rogowski.
In the afternoon, the members of senior societies and potential network partners came together at the agency of health. They got information about the German project partners and their roles in the WIPP project, the planned preventive home visits were explained, and questions from the potential network partners were answered. Furthermore, Svenja Roch of the Europa-Universität Flensburg explained the meaning of a network partnership. Finally, Petra Hampel closed the meeting and invited the potential network partners to stay in contact with the WIPP representatives.