I2I Midterm Conference

Event duration: 8 hours
Venue: CC De Werf, Molenstraat 52, 9300 Aalst, Belgium
We welcome you to an inspiring line-up of keynote speakers and interactive sessions on social inclusion.

Across the North Sea Region many people are experiencing social isolation and loneliness.

On the 2nd of December, 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.

See the full programme & register.

Registration deadline: 25th of November.


9.00 Welcome and opening | Dr. Ragni Macqueen Leifson, University of Agder, Lead Partner I2I

9.15 Social Inclusion, Exclusion and Loneliness in Neighbourhoods | an International Perspective | prof. Liesbeth De Donder, University of Brussels

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

10.30 Coffee break

11.00About From Isolation to Inclusion | Experiences from local partnerships to work on social inclusion and counteracting loneliness

12.00 Lunch

13.00 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

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 Sound of Innovation and Social Services | How To Use Innovation
Insights Into Social Practice | Michaël Van Damme, The Forge Networking

17.00 Networking


Follow this link to register


If you have any questions contact Gwen Vanderstraeten (Aalst) or Bert Oris (Turnhout):
Gwen.Vanderstraeten@Aalst.be, +0032 498 81 79 84
Bert.oris@turnhout.be, +0032 474 77 52 25