The Partnership

The project involves an adequate mix of participating organisations in terms of profile, past experience in the programme and expertise to successfully complete all project objectives.

In particular, the project Consortium is comprised of 7 partners from 5 EU countries which are:

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Project Coordinating Institution – was funded in 1997. It is a public institution under private management, which provides public service in the areas of teaching, research and knowledge transfer within its field of expertise. Together with other educational institutions, it is part of a larger federation called Central University of Catalonia.  With more than 12,000 active students per year, the University of Vic runs campuses in the cities of Vic, Manresa, Barcelona, as well as a smaller-sized setting in Granollers. Its mission is to develop knowledge and innovation to serve the region, and it has a distinctive international vocation. In the year 2022, its accounted for 36 entry-level degrees, 17 masters of science and 10 doctoral programs.  

The Research Group on ‘Methodology, Methods, Models and Outcomes of Health and Social Sciences’ (M3O) is a multidisciplinary and interuniversity group of more than 50 professionals focusing on health, nutrition, well-being, healthy aging and functional diversity. Led by Javier Jerez Roig, the group is directly involved in the Join4Joy Project for joyful, inclusive physical activity in the elderly population, living in the community or in nursing homes.


Universitat Ramon Llull is one of the most innovative and modern universities in Spain, and Catalonia’s first private university. Fundació Blanquerna is well-known for its experience in top quality-ranked higher education, research, and a standing out individualized teaching methodology. It is a large school, with more than 3,000 students, 250 lecturers and researchers with different areas of expertise and 1,400 training agreements with many companies and relevant institutions.

The Physical Activity and Health Research Group has researchers from several disciplines with an excellent, national and international track record in high-quality research on movement behaviour and health, functional performance, design and evaluation of health-related interventions for different age groups, including co-creation and participatory research.

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is a private non-profit foundation at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. FSIE is a recognized expert centre in the field of ageing. The Foundation performs research on all aspects of aging, both clinical and social, with a long history of research among others on dementia (including mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease), physical activity, falls, frailty, nutrition, disability assessment, as well as assistive technologies for the elderly.  The Foundation is also a recognised higher education institution, with an extense offer of graduate and post-graduate courses and degrees.

FSIE also  performs regular actions of healthy lifestyles promotion for the elderly and their caregivers, such as publishing informative books, or a dedicated website on that goal. (you can see it at Also in the past FSIE has been a member of the WHO Age friendly cities initiative , giving support to the Barcelona city council participation.

SDU (Denmark)

The University of Southern Denmark welcomed the first students onto the campus in Odense in September 1966, and things have been developing by leaps and bounds ever since. Now have five faculties with more than 27,000 students, almost 20% of whom are from abroad, and more than 3,800 employees distributed across our main campus in Odense and regional campuses in Slagelse, Kolding, Esbjerg and Sønderborg. Several international studies document that we conduct world-class research and are one of the top fifty young universities in the world. Over the years, the University of Southern Denmark has interwoven many lives. The roughly five years which a student invests in a university education will lay the groundwork for the rest of his or her life. And with around 115 different study programmes in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering, graduates of the University of Southern Denmark are now members of virtually every profession in the international community. Centre for Active and Healthy Ageing (CAHA), led by Paolo Caserotti, is placed at SDU and have the main purpose to undertake translational and basic research into primary, secondary and tertiary prevention for older adults with the main focus of reducing the risk of functional loss, minimizing the impact of functional decline in older adults’ quality of life, and postponing the onset of disability.

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The AGAPLESION Bethesda Clinic Ulm (Germany)

is the academic teaching hospital for Geriatrics at the University Hospital Ulm, Germany. In our research department we are engaged in the study and evaluation of multidimensional factors associated with aging, which can help us to gain a better understanding of the changes observed in our bodies over time and their implications for functionality and quality of life at the later stages of life. We aim to contribute to the development and optimization of screening, prevention and treatment strategies for older adults.

The complex topics of our research are addressed through intensive and interdisciplinary collaboration on a national and international level. Our team consists of physicians, epidemiologist, biostatisticians, sports scientists, biologists and study nurses as well as ergo- and physiotherapists. We are committed to the principles of Good Clinical Practice in the conception of research questions, theses, projects and evaluations.

ISES (Italy)

ISES – Istituto Europeo per lo Sviluppo Socio Economico (Italy) was founded in 2008 as non-profit organization to spread European culture in Italy and to get closer public agencies, businesses and the third sector to the EU institutions through the development of funded projects following their whole bureaucratic, administrative and managerial path in accordance with the rules laid down by the European Commission. In particular, ISES cooperates since 2009 with different associations for sports promotion to implement projects at regional and national level.

ISES has long experience in managing EU projects and managing communication and dissemination activities. It has been the responsible for the communication in all its projects developing the project communication strategy, tools and materials.

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is a non-profit association, which gives everyone, regardless of their abilities, location and financial situation, the opportunity to improve their health and well-being throughout their lives, physical activity, awareness of better nutrition and eco-responsible behaviour are the main tools of this support, which creates social links.  Siel Bleu gives each person the opportunity to participate in these activities according to their wishes and needs. Kindness, professionalism and commitment are at the heart of the action of each and every Siel Bleu member.

Movement is vital for our bodies and movement is a human trait. The World Health Organisation reminds us that 10,000 steps a day are essential to stay healthy.

Our role is to make this support accessible to everyone, because health is a right and should never become a luxury!

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