Aging Workforce: Older Workers and Immigrants as New Pillars of Western Economies?

When: Mar 01st, 2018 - Mar 02nd, 2018
Where: "Česká spořitelna" Palace (Rytířská 29, Praha 1)


Event overview

The international conference “Aging Workforce: Older Workers and Immigrants as New Pillars of Western Economies?” took place in frame of the long-term (eng)aging! project organized by KEYNOTE in cooperation with Active Aging Center.  The second instalment of the event addressed four pertinent and pressing issues in regards to the topic of demographic change and population aging: Aging Workforce, Healthy Aging, Migration and the Labour Market, and Implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Aging.

Photographs from (eng)aging! 2018 can be found here.

For more information, please contact Martin Špáta at:

Conference Topics:    
Population aging, Demographic change, Healthy aging, Labour market, Aging workforce, Health literacy, Age management, Migration, Potential of older people, Madrid Plan

Conference partners: 
Active Aging Center, Ceska Sporitelna, Czech Demographic Society, Slovak Statistical and Demographic Society

Keynote speakers

Craig Dundas

Craig Dundas is a Canadian Foreign Service Officer currently serving as the Deputy Migration Program Manager in the Embassy of Canada to Austria and Slovakia, in Vienna. Craig joined the Foreign Service stream of the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in 1997, and has spent most of his career posted overseas. He began his Foreign Service career as a Migration Officer in China and then Sri Lanka, and was also posted to Japan as a Canada Border Services Agency Liaison Officer. He has served as Migration Program Manager in Canada’s missions in Peru and Venezuela, and as Assignments Officer and Manager, Resource Management, at regional headquarters in Ottawa. Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree from Simon Fraser University, and a Master of Arts Honours Degree from the University of Warwick.

Irene Kloimüller

Irene Kloimüller is a consulter and expert for “return to work” in Austria.From her professional background she is medical doctor, psychotherapist, coach, health care and disability manager. She has been working in the field of “maintaining work ability” since 1995. Since 2012 she is conducting the Austrian Programme “fit2work Business counselling” for the Austrian government based on the Labour and Health Act from 2011. She is regularly contributing for EU OSHA, in workshops, guidelines and so an. She is teaching at the Medical University and at the Academy for Occupational Health Medicine.

Per Eckefeldt

Per Eckefeldt is currently Head of Sector in the Unit 'Sustainability of public finances' in the Fiscal Policy and Policy Mix Directorate of the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) at the European Commission in Brussels.Per has held several different positions in the European Commission. He has worked with macro-economic and budgetary forecasts and analysis, as well as with fiscal policy and the development of the EU fiscal framework, the Stability and Growth Pact. Recently, he has worked on issues related to the economic and budgetary impact of an ageing population, among others carrying out long-term economic and budgetary projections for the EU Member States (Ageing Report and Fiscal Sustainability Report). He holds a degree in Economics from Lund University, Sweden.

Vitalija Gaucaite Wittich

Vitalija Gaucaite Wittich heads the Population Unit of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and is responsible for UNECE’s work on population ageing and intergenerational relations. She coordinates the activities of the UNECE Working Group on Ageing and oversees the organization of the reviews of national policies and strategies in implementing the Madrid International Plan of Actions on Ageing (MIPAA, 2002) in the UNECE region, capacity development and publication of policy briefs in the area of population ageing. Prior to joining the Population Unit in October 2010, Ms. Gaucaite Wittich worked in the Statistics and Economic Analysis Divisions of UNECE. Ms. Gaucaite Wittich has a doctoral degree in Social sciences and before joining UNECE was an Associate Professor of Economics at Vilnius University in Lithuania.

Vladimír Špidla

Vladimír Špidla is a Czech politician. After the Velvet revolution Špidla entered local politics in the town of Jindřichův Hradec where he lived and joined the re-founded Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD). In 1991–1996 he served as the director of the district labour office. In 1992, he became a member of the Presidium of ČSSD and in April 2001 Chairman of ČSSD. In 1996 he was elected to the parliament. He was First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Affairs between 1998 and 2002. Vladimír Špidla served as Prime Minister of the Czech Republic from July 2002 to June 2004 and as European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities from November 2004 to February 2010. He also served as chief advisor to Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka from 2014 to 2017. Vladimír Špidla is director of Masaryk Democratic Academy, think-tank affiliated with the Czech Social Democratic Party.

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Call for papers & Registrations Deadlines

Aging Workforce: Older Workers and Immigrants
as New Pillars of Western Economies?
Call for Papers
Prague, March 1 − 2, 2018

The (eng)aging! project reflects on the crucial importance of a society-wide debate regarding the topic of demographic change and population aging. The second instalment of the international conference entitled “Aging Workforce: Older Workers and Immigrants as New Pillars of Western Economies?” will focus on work ability and work possibility for older people and the impact of aging on the labor market. We are seeking papers that will contribute to a critical examination of this topic, mainly in four key areas. We invite abstracts on any of the following themes:*

1) Aging Workforce
The decrease of birth rates and mortality along with the increase of life expectancy has a direct implication for labor markets.  The labor force shrinks as large numbers of workers retire while the younger workforce does not reach the number to replace older ones. 

List of prospective topics:
-          Encouraging longer working life and ability to work
-          Aging in workplaces, lifelong learning and workforce adaptability
-          Employment opportunities for workers age 50+
-          Training and retraining programs for age 50+
-          Early retirement, pension systems and old-age income poverty
-          Industry 4.0 and aging work force
-          Recognizing the potential of older workers
-          Multigenerational labor market and intergenerational learning

2)  Healthy Aging       
Overall population health, healthy lifestyles, and the environment that we live and work in are factors that affect personal health and have a cumulative impact on health. Extending healthy life is a key towards the realization of a long-living and long-working society.   

List of prospective topics:
-          Life expectancy vs. healthy life expectancy
-          Individual and population health: private and public responsibilities
-          Improving health literacy
-          Health as a determinant of working ability
-          Promotion of occupational health

3) Migration and the Labor Market
Developed countries are advanced in terms of demographic transition and population aging. In comparison to the rest of the world, some developed countries are also predicted to lose their population. Current demographic trends indicate that immigrants might play an increasingly important part in labor markets.  

List of prospective topics:
-          The role of  immigration programs in the environment of demographic change
-          Challenges and benefits of immigration for labor markets
-          The impacts of immigration on wages and employment of existing workers of different ages
-          Overcoming “brain drain”: are there models that work?

4) Implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Aging
The Madrid International Plan of Action on Aging (MIPAA) has created a policy framework for world policy-makers by suggesting ways governments, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders can reorient the ways in which their societies perceive, interact with and care for their older citizens.Currently, the third cycle of the review and appraisal of the implementation of the MIPAA is going on in all world regions while the countries belonging to the region of the UN Economic Commission for Europe commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of adoption of MIPAA with emphasis on three themes: Recognizing the potential of older people, Encouraging longer working life and ability to work, and Aging with dignity.

List of prospective topics:
-          Political and societal responses to challenges and opportunities of population aging
-          Implementation of MIPAA at the national level in Europe: advancements and problems
-          Findings and conclusions from the Lisbon Ministerial Conference on Aging

*Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of topics, and we will review any abstracts which pertain to the aging workforce and related topics.

Please submit your 500-word abstracts and a short bio by October 15, 2017 (extended to October 31). The abstracts will be subjected to a peer review process and should be submitted to:

The organizers have also reserved a number of spaces for non-presenting conference attendees.


Abstract submission deadline (EXTENDED)

October 31, 2017

Notification of acceptance

November 30, 2017

Early bird registration deadline

December 31, 2017 (extended to January 7, 2018)

Full paper submission

February 15, 2018

Regular conference registration deadline

February 15, 2018 (extended to February 15, 2018)

Conference fee

Early bird fee (submission of payment by December 31, 2017)

€ 200

PhD students   

€ 80

Regular conference fee (submission of payment by February 27, 2018)




€ 230

Non-presenting participants   

€ 130

PhD students   

€ 100

In order to complete your registration, we kindly ask you to go through all three steps listed below by the relevant deadlines.


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Deadline May 31, 2017



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Deadline (Early bird) December 31, 2017

Deadline (Regular) February 15, 2018


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Deadline February 15, 2018


 Refund Policy

Conference registrants cancelling their registration on or before February 15, 2018 will receive a refund of the conference registration fee, less a 40 EUR administrative fee. Written requests for cancellation must be emailed to

Please note: No refunds will be given after February 15, 2018.

The conference is organized in frame of the long-term (eng)aging! project which consists of a series of panel discussions, public seminars, roundtables and annual international conference focusing on topics related to the demographic change and the population ageing. In 2017 the first instalment of the international conference was entitled Population Aging: Challenges And Opportunities and was held in term Feb 3-4.

The (eng)aging! project is organized by KEYNOTE, a well-established consultancy in cooperation with Active Aging Center, a non-governmental organization. KEYNOTE specializes in organizing conferences and events that lead to cutting-edge international encounters, bring new ideas to life, and facilitate a unique networking experience. In its projects KEYNOTE focuses principally on politics, international relations, security, civil society, new social trends, and business. Active Aging Center’s long term goal is to promote a societal debate on population aging and its impacts. Active Aging Center aims to improve quality of life of the elderly, their social status and intergenerational relations, to contribute to a change of the negative stereotypes about seniors present in public discourses and to raise employment rates of the generation 55+.

Martin Špáta
Project Coordinator