Dear ENIEC members and friends,

We are excited to present to you the full program of our webinar in November. Together we will reflect on what we can learn from developments in Intercultural Elderly Care in the last decades, and what the challenges and possibilites are of the future.  The webinar will take place on the 9th of November from 7.00-8.30 pm. The event is also open to non-members, so please invite colleagues and friends who may be interested. It is a great opportunity to (re-)connect and reflect on past and current work.

To participate it is necessary to register in advance. Please use this link:

You will recieve an agenda invitation with a Teams link a couple of days before the event.



Welcome to session by Ela Czapka
Panel discussion 1: Looking back on developments and lessons learnt
Meltem Baskaya will interview Ute Bychowski (previous director Frankfurt Verband) and Dr. Caroline Smits (Strategic Advisor Pharos)
Discussion in break out groups – led by Marja Säikkä
Panel discussion 2: Moving forward: Challenges ahead and new directions
Aziza Aachiche will interview Dr. Hanna Carlsson (Assistant Professor Radboud University) and Cynthia van Thiel (Senior Advisor Knowledge center WWZ)
Q&A and closing remarks -Ela Czapka
Information about our speakers:
Dr. Caroline Smits is a strategic advisor at Pharos, the Dutch Centre for Epertise on Health Disparities. Caroline is a gerontologist who has published widely on intercultural care, dementia care and co-production with older migrants. As a leading scholar in her field, with strong links to the field of practice, she will share her views on how intercultural elderly care has developed in the past decades.
Ute Bychowski is a pioneer of intercultural elderly care in Germany. As the director of several nursing homes of Frankfurt Verband, Ute has experience in developing and implementing culturally sensitive care in a large organisation and will share what she and her organisations have learnt though the years.

Dr. Hanna Carlsson is an Assistant professor of Public Administration. Her research focuses on diversity and inclusion in the aged care sector. She is currently working on a project on how home care workers build trust with superdiverse populations in Amsterdam. Using insights from her PhD and Postdoctoral research, she will share her reflections on future challenges and possibilities in the field of intercultural care.


Cynthia van Thiel is working as an advisor on diversity & inclusion for Knowledge centre WWZ (Welfare, Housing and Care) in Brussels. She has a special interest in achieving qualitative care for elderly with a migration background. Currently, she is working on an inspiration guide on how to implement inclusive care for elderly with a migration background in nursing homes.