Tartu, photo by Lauri Veerde
Tartu city is a river town of 100,000 people, known as the Athens of Emajõgi River with first settlement records dating back to the 5th century and the first written records first mentioning Tartu in year 1030. These written sources make Tartu the oldest city in the Baltic States. Tartu has played an important role in the development of Estonian culture and national consciousness: the first national elite stemmed from the local university, the first newspapers and cultural societies and the first national theater were all founded in Tartu. Being the cradle of Estonian culture, Tartu has always drawn together good thoughts and intelligent people, proudly holding the title for the city of university and science. The University of Tartu alone, one of the oldest universities in the regions, has 14,000 students.
All in all, there are ca 16,500 elderly (65+) people living in Tartu with women outnumbering the men. In recent years, city planning has been increasingly aware of the needs of the elderly, e.g. the new bus route network was developed to be all-inclusive with special attention paid to the needs of the elderly in terms of routes and destinations.
The Institute of Baltic Studies (IBS) is an independent non-profit research and development centre that provides high-quality socio-economic analysis in the field of innovation, technology and regional development, among other areas. IBS is one of the most successful non-university research organisations in Estonia in terms of European Framework Programme participation – from FP5 to H2020, IBS has participated in almost 30 research and innovation projects. In the GreenSAM project, IBS will pool its previous experience and knowledge to offer high-quality analysis in engagement strategies, approaches and tools (IBS is responsible for task 2.2) and will work together with Tartu City Municipality to ensure the successful completion of pilot activities in Tartu.
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