Отчет за 2013 год
It has been only one year since the International Longevity Alliance (“ILA”) became consolidated in December 2012 at the Eurosymposium on Healthy Aging in Brussels. This is the first annual report of our progress since our inception.
The ILA’s mission is to to promote the advancement of healthy longevity for all people through scientific research, technological development, medical treatment, public health, education, advocacy and social activism. http://longevityalliance.org/manifesto/
In the past year, ILA has grown. ILA groups now exist in over 50 countries, with unofficial membership ranging in the thousands. It is on its way to official registration in France as a “Fonds de Dotation” (Endowment Fund) and will act as an alliance of pro-longevity non-profit organizations (“NPOs”) from around the world.
Officially affiliated groups already exist in Russia, France, India and Finland. Other national ILA NPOs are on their way to registration in Israel, Germany, Ukraine, Colombia, Canada, the United States and other countries. We anticipate that existing pro-longevity organizations will also join as federated members, so that by the end of 2014 ILA will become a well established network of formally registered NPOs, as well as informal groups and individuals around the world, united for the purpose of achieving healthy longevity for all. One year ago, ILA published a roadmap of planned activities for 2013 in the fields of longevity science, education, and advocacy at both the grass-roots level and higher, delineating 18 projects. We have made progress on every one of them.
We are pleased to report on ILA activities during 2013 (in the order of their appearance in the original plan), and to present a roadmap for their continuation in 2014.
2. A Merit-Based System
We plan to develop a formal system of awards. Some ranks and grades have been initiated on the Denigma platform for performing specific tasks and quests. Yet, the main award system emerged spontaneously. Whoever steps up to initiate or participate in a project gets to do it! We have formed our leadership core on this model. In time, we will develop online projects and activists management systems. Still, our main reward is knowing that we work to advance the cause of longevity for the benefit of mankind.
3. Activism: Meetings, Conferences, Longevity Day & Longevity Month
In 2013, ILA developed extensive on-line communications within the alliance http://longevityalliance.org/groups-supporting-longevity-research-in-different-countries/.
Live meetings and conferences have also been some of our strongest activities. This year, ILA organized two concerted worldwide pro-longevity actions. On March 1, 2013, International Future Day had longevity as its main theme, due to ILA’s initiative. The day involved meetings and publicity events in over 20 countrieshttp://longevityalliance.org/for-the-future-of-longevity/.
October 1, 2013, was the United Nations’ International Day of Older Persons, which ILA proposed to celebrate as International Longevity Day. On that day, events ranging from small meetings to large conferences took place in over 30 countries. http://longevityalliance.org/celebrations-of-the-international-longevity-day-around-the-world/
Also in 2013, ILA core activists helped to organize and/or strongly participated in scientific conferences and panels throughout the year, including: The 8th European Congress of Biogerontology, at Beer Sheva - Dead Sea, Israel, March 10-13; TedMed Live, Moscow, Russia, April 17-19; 20th IAGG World Congress on Gerontology and Geriatrics in Seoul, South Korea, June 23-27; Sixth Conference on Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS6), Cambridge, UK, September 3-7; Rostock Symposium on Systems Biology and Bioinformatics in Aging Research in Rostock, Germany, September 20-21; Radical Life Extension Conference, Washington DC, September 21; From Biology of Aging to Longevity and Quality of Life, Tel Aviv, Israel, October 1; International Istanbul Initiative on Aging, Istanbul, Turkey, October 3-7; Science Day Celebrations, Kiev, Ukraine, November 10, and more.
For 2014, we plan even more conferences and coordinated international actions. We proposed to focus less on Longevity Day (though it can still be mentioned), and rather will introduce and focus on an entire Longevity Month (probably October). A Longevity Month will have the same organizing and motivating power as Longevity Day, but with greater flexibility, allowing for more events in more places over a longer time period, with greater opportunities for media coverage and public recognition. We plan to commence Longevity Month on October 1-3, 2014, kicking off at the Heales conference in Brussels – the Eurosymposium on Healthy Aging, an extension of the original conference where many ILA charter members first met in 2012. We envision this gathering of life extension activists from around the world as a seminal International Longevity Summit to coordinate and plan together for the forthcoming month and year, after which participants will return home to organize their own local events, taking care to engage the media in advance.
The ILA and its collaborators will also plan, organize and promote other conferences throughout 2014, including: India: On June 10-13, 2014, core ILA activists will be organizing a symposium at the 12th Global Conference on Ageing, in Hyderabad, India, entitled "The Aging Process as the Main Underlying Cause of Non-communicable Diseases: Science and Policy". Through this panel, we hope to raise interest in the subject of healthy longevity in India and elsewhere.Germany: ILA activists will also play a key part in the roundtable Discussion on Healthy Aging taking place at the Hauptstadtkongress 2014, the main German healthcare-related event, in Berlin on June 27, 2014, in a session entitled "Am Puls der Zeit: Regeneration und Verlangsamung des Alterungsprozesses in der Welt von Übermorgen" (On the Pulse of Time: Regeneration and Inhibition of Aging Processes in the World of Tomorrow). Israel: ILA members plan to produce a special issue of the life-extensionist magazine "Hava Lehaba" (“Let us live from now on”) dedicated to scientific and social aspects of life extension, possibly involving a call for papers/essay competition at both humanitarian and scientific university departments, and ending with a large conference in honor of the issue, with invitations of dignitaries and media. It is planned to take place in July. Throughout 2014, ILA will also promote events related to longevity research organized by our friends, including: Transhuman Visions in San Francisco, USA (planned for February), the Alianza Futurista summit in Spain (planned for March), the International Conference on Genetics of Aging and Longevity in Sochi, Russia (planned for April), New Applications of Aging Research in Switzerland (planned for September), and the Transvision Conference in France (planned for November). We will also encourage continuous smaller events, meetings and seminars throughout the year and throughout the world. We invite local activists to organize such events.