The 3rd edition of the SIRENE Science Café, a virtual gathering designed to illuminate the crucial aspects of Social Innovation was held on February 7th, 2024, at 14:30 CEST, and explored the challenges and solutions surrounding the implementation of SHAFE (Smart Healthy-Age Friendly Environments) for public administration bodies. Part of the session was devoted to the expert speaker, Dr. Anthony Polychronakis, European Liaison Officer for Health and Social Policies at the Department of Social Development in the City of Rotterdam.
He is the advisor on matters of international relations and European funding. He studied Public Administration and European Studies at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Leiden University, and Panepistimio Kritis of Crete, Rethymnon.
As a senior policy adviser, he was responsible for the Rotterdam approach to domestic violence and elder abuse. He is also the founder of the European Family Justice Center Alliance (EFJCA). Polychronakis’ career also includes a wide assortment of political activities. He was a politician and an elected member of the City Council of Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands.
Dr. Anthony Polychronakis outlined the main challenges and related possible solutions for public administration bodies when it comes to the implementation of SHAFE. This session was followed by a time slot for the audience to ask questions and exchange experiences on the topic.