Longevity Day and Longevity Month – October 2016
Following the tradition of 2013, 2014 and 2015, there have been organized events and publications toward the “Longevity Day” – October 1 (based on the UN International Day of Older Persons – October 1) in support of biomedical aging and longevity research. This has been a worldwide international campaign successfully adopted by many longevity activists groups. Last year, in 2015, events, meetings, publications and promotions were organized in the framework of this campaign in over 40 countries. Some promotions reached hundreds of thousands of viewers. This campaign has also received factual endorsement and publicity from several internationally and nationally recognized scientific and advocacy associations.
This year, in 2016, the campaign has also been enriching, unifying and impactful. Though this year, it was suggested, while keeping the “longevity day” concept as would be desirable to particular groups and activists, rather to emphasize and organize the longevity promotion events in October in a new framework – as “The Longevity Month” – as usually the “longevity day” events spread through the entire month of October. Various “commemorative months” to support particular advocacy issues is a well established and effective practice, and a dedicated “month” can give people more flexibility and space to organize events and publications. The extent of recognition of this commemorative month campaign, however, would depend on the strength of every individual event and publication of this campaign.
All the longevity research promoting meetings, events and publications in many countries – encourage each other and reinforce each other’s impact. Let us celebrate and promote the advancement of longevity science!
Here is a list of events and promotions included as a part of the “Longevity Day/Month” celebrations for this year.
Also a special Longevity Month website was opened to help publicize and coordinate the campaign http://www.longevitymonth.org/
As well as social media:
Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/LongevityMonth/
The conference of the International Society on Aging and Disease (ISOAD) took place in Stanford, on September 30 – October 2 http://www.longevityforall.org/international-conference-on-aging-and-disease-stanford-sept-30-oct-2-2016/
The Movement for Indefinite Life Extension (MILE) produced a promotional video for the desirability and hope of life extension https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2YLnYo5fB4
2. Belgium / EU
The Eurosymposium on Healthy Ageing of the Healthy Life Extension Society (HEALES) took place place in Brussels, Belgium, on September 29 – October 1
Moreover, a special gathering of longevity activists took place in Brussels specifically to celebrate the Longevity Month campaign.
A series of educational meetings and seminars on healthy longevity research and care have been conducted during the Longevity Day and Aging Awareness Month by the Pakistan Aging Research Society (PARS) and the National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS) in several universities throughout Pakistan — in Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar and more – raising the awareness about the field at a massive level.
Longevity Day/Month prize competition, organized by Humanity+, an H+Pedia prize competition, to contribute knowledge on longevity-related topics.
The Museum in honor of the founder of modern gerontological research – Elie Metchnikoff, was opened in Dvurichni, in Kharkov area, as a part of the Longevity Month Campaign, noting Metchnikoff’s foundational contribution to longevity science.
Moreover, a meeting on aging science took place in the Institute of Gerontology, in Kiev.
In Australia longevity promotion meetups took place in two cities:
In Melbourne – organized by the Australian chapter of Longecity
And in Sydney – organized jointly by activists of the BiohackSyd group and India Future Society
Life Extension Meetup was organized in Berlin as a part of the Longevity Month celebrations, by the Forever Healthy Foundation
Longevity Meetup took place in Helsinki, organized by the Longevity Finland association.
In Benin – West Africa – a longevity meetup was organized
In Nigeria – a Longevity Meetup was organized by the Longevity Nigeria group
A social event was organized by Macroscope group in Montreal
12, 13. Venezuela and Spain
A video conference was organized with the participation of Venezuelan and Spanish activists
A vide DIA DE LA LONGEVIDAD, 1 DE OCTUBRE: Hangout https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSAZ0l6oiws&feature=youtu.be
Following the Vanguard Scientific Instruments in Management conference, a special declaration was issued by Bulgarian longevity activists
In Israel, on line promotions were done by activists of the Israeli Longevity Alliance.
This included the publication of special articles
And promotions on social media (also for the international longevity month campaign as a whole)
Basel Life Science Week – Aging and Drug Discovery forum
Sept. 21st – Sept 22nd
The Longevity Month Campaign was also supported by the Longevity Switzerland Group at its new website:
Longevity Switzerland Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LongevitySwitzerland/?fref=ts
The traditional conference “Elderly Patient Care” took place in Moscow in honor of the International Day of Older Persons
An educational seminar was organized by the longevity activists, members of the Life Extension club in the city of Nizhni Novgorod, in Central Russia
In France, meetings for longevity promotion were organized by the Longévité & Santé’ association in Paris and Nice. See details here:
19. Republic of Georgia
In the republic of Georgia, a meeting of the Georgian Longevity Alliance was held.
In Sweden a meeting of the Swedish Life Extension Society was organized.
Looking forward to the next longevity promotion campaigns!
Ilia Stambler, PhD
Coordinator – Longevity for All