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High-Level Expert Meeting: Regional Population Diversity and Social Cohesion

Tuesday, 5 April 2022

Population Europe hosted an online high-level expert meeting to review current demographic challenges and opportunities in Europe and the most important agenda topics aimed at creating more resilient, connected, diverse and prosperous European regions.

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Online Workshop: More than target groups: Depopulation and agency of local communities 

Tuesday, 18 October 2022

Prominent experts from science, policy and civil society were invited to discuss the local mechanisms of social integration, engagement and agency as meaningful tools to counter demographic challenges of depopulation and aging and prevent their negative social effects. Contributions of younger and older people, gender equality and social integration of mobile groups and means and structures of social cohesion were addressed in separate panels. 

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Online Discussion: Overwhelmed families - Overwhelmed Local Communities? 

Tuesday, 25 October 2022


Elizabeth Gosme, Director, COFACE Families Europe

Francisco Javier Montes, Mayor, Molina de Aragon, Spain 

Josefina Syssner, Senior Associate Professor in Cultural Geography at the Center for Municipality Studies, Linköping University

Willem Adema, Senior Economist in the Social Policy Division, OECD


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Online Workshop: No place like home? Depopulation and local ties 

Tuesday, 29 November 2022

We invited prominent experts from science, policy and civil society to discuss social cohesion and sense of belonging as meaningful achievements to counter demographic challenges of depopulation and ageing and prevent their negative social effects. The focus of this transdisciplinary exchange was on cultural initiatives and regions in transition. 

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Online Discussion: European regions in transition: Lessons and Perspectives 

Tuesday, 6 December 2022


Florence Bauer, Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, UNFPA

Karola Geiß-Netthöfel, Director, Regionalverband Ruhr 

Daniela Kretz, Senior Consultant Innovation, Competitiveness & Sustainability, IDEA Consult   


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Online Workshop: Breaking the vicious cycle? Depopulation and provision of public services

Tuesday, 24 January 2023

We invited prominent experts from science, policy and civil society and citizens to discuss place-based solutions and digital tools to provide services and maintain infrastructure in depopulating regions. How can we boost administrative collaboration at the local level? Are digital tools a reliable instrument to improve the quality of life in shrinking regions?

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Online Workshop: Planning for the future: How can local communities adapt to population changes?

Tuesday, 21 March 2023

Distinguished experts from science, policy and civil society and citizens were invited to exchange about the role of local administrations in adapting to changes in their population. How can local administrations be better prepared for shrinking and ageing populations? What capacities do they have to plan for the future and the growing demographic diversity? How can we support local decision-making with more access to data and scientific knowledge?

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Online Workshop: Welcoming newcomers: What works at the local level?

Thursday, 20 April 2023

Prominent experts from science, policy and civil society were invited to discuss social cohesion and inclusion in the local context: How can we support depopulating and rural communities with better inclusion and integration policies? What are the capacities at the local level to welcome newcomers? How can we achieve structures and instruments of sustainable inclusion at the local level? 

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The project “Regional population diversity and social cohesion in local contexts” is funded by Stiftung Mercator.