I2I Midterm Conference

Event duration: 9 hours
Venue: CC De Werf, Molenstraat 52, 9300 Aalst, Belgium
On the 12th of May, the cities of Aalst and Turnhout are hosting the Mid Term conference, promising an inspiring line-up . The conference combines key note speakers with practical workshops regarding the topics of social isolation, social inclusion and loneliness on a neighbourhood level. An inspiring line-up of key speakers and interactive sessions.

For registration, full programme with time slots and speaker biographies, please visit this page.



Welcome and opening | Sarah Smeyers, Elderman City of Aalst

About From Isolation to Inclusion | Introduction partnership to work on social inclusion and counteracting loneliness | dr. Ragni Macqueen Leifson, University of Agder, Lead Partner I2I

Social Inclusion, Exclusion and Loneliness in Neighbourhoods | an International Perspective | dr. Sarah Dury, University of Brussels

Coffee break

Social isolation and loneliness | Making an impact for young people | Jolanda Van Gerwe, Join Us



Interactive workshops (select 2 topics)

  • Inspiration To Tackle Loneliness - working together to tackle different types of loneliness
  • Social prescribing
  • Digital solutions for social challenges
  • Service Design Tools to Develop Services for Addressing Loneliness, Social Isolation and Exclusion
  • The lonely youth, dilemmas and solutions

Coffee break
Sound of Innovation and Social Services | How To Use Innovation

Insights Into Social Practice | Michaël Van Damme, The Forg