Longevity Nation conference puts advocacy top of the agenda, raising awareness about promises and challenges of longevity field.
The Longevity Nation conference kicks off on Sunday both online and in person at Bar Ilan University, in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv; lasting for two days, the conference is set to explore the interdisciplinary interrelations of science, technology and society in addressing the challenges of population aging – and attendance is free!
Longevity.Technology: By bringing together leading voices in the longevity space and public figures, the Longevity Nation conference hopes to strongly contribute to increasing the synergy of science, technology and aging society, and to help advance ethical scientific and technological solutions for healthy longevity for the benefit of the entire society.
Building on Israel’s strengths in this area, this conference will help build the supportive longevity ecosystem in Israel, boost the prominence of the field in Israel and enhance Israel’s international standing and cooperation in the Longevity Field. It will help build up longevity R&D and Education support programs, for stakeholders in Israel and international collaborators.
There is a first-class line up of speakers at the conference, including Ilia Stambler, Aubrey de Grey, Nir Barzilai, Evelyne Bischof, Alexey Moskalev, Dmitry Kaminskiy, Stephanie Dainow, Alexey Strygin, Björn Schumacher, Jose Luis Cordeiro and Lisa Fabiny-Kiser.
Ilia Stambler, PhD, who is Chairman and CSO of Vetek (Seniority) Association, The Movement for Longevity and Quality of Life and also speaking at the conference told Longevity.Technology that the main goal of this conference is not just scientific exchange, but rather the main goal is advocacy – namely, to raise the awareness in the public, among decision makers as well as the academic community, about the promises and challenges of the longevity field, with the aim of increasing public, academic and state support for the longevity field.
“In the past, our conferences of this type have proven to be a highly successful means of advocacy, effective not only to build up the longevity community, but also to spread awareness about the field and draw more people and support into the field,” he says.
“Previously, the conferences we organized had very practical impacts for increasing support for the longevity field, for Israel and for international collaborations,” Stambler adds. “For example, they encouraged the calls for research proposals on aging and longevity by the Israel Ministry of Science, BIRAX Ageing (Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange on Aging) and others.”
In fact, it was through the conferences organized in Knesset in 2018 and on the initiative of the Vetek Association, that the section on “Enhancing research, development and education for healthy longevity and prevention of aging-related diseases” emerged as a part of the Israel National Masterplan on Aging that was published by Knesset in 2019.
Stambler explains that the goal of the upcoming conference is to revive that program – and this has given rise to the title of the conference which is exactly as the name of that program: “Enhancing research, development and education for healthy longevity”.
And, Stambler feels that revival is exactly what is needed; for obvious reasons, after 2019 there was a prolonged break in the organization of live conferences. Like myriad others, Vetek organized many online longevity conferences during the pandemic, but, Stambler points out, they are not nearly as effective for advocacy and community building as the live conferences.
“Now, following the COVID break, we revive our efforts to organize live conferences, as a means of advocacy, and we hope and are even positive this conference too will help build up the longevity community and encourage more participation and involvement in the field,” says Stambler.
“We are delighted to welcome 36 speakers, including world-leading figures in the longevity field, and 26 partners and sponsors, including world-leading longevity organizations, that hopefully share those goals.”
As one of those 26 partners and sponsors, Longevity.Technology absolutely does share those goals and we are sure the conference will prove very successful.