History of the International Longevity Alliance

At the beginnings of the 21st century, with the advancement of biology of aging and of the Internet, research goes outside of the lab and is discussed online. Various forums and mailing-lists emerge that are related to life-extension. The Methuselah Foundation Forums, that later becomes the SENS forum. The Immortality Institute, that later becomes the LongeCity forum. Some groups take place at specific locations. The Gerontology Research Group in Los Angeles, the Healthy Life Extension Society in Brussels, and others.

In summer 2012, with the advancement of social networks, a facebook group for the science of life extension grows exponentially. Debates on how to position it with respect to the mainstream ideas of the time, and whether to be non governmental organisations, lead the group to be called Longevity Party and another yet similar group to be called International Longevity Alliance. The International Longevity Alliance is mostly lead by several core activists from different countries, who gradually build groups in various countries, links with existing longevity networks, and projects that require crowd-action.

No matter the name, the longevity activists join forces to carry out conferences, meetings, round tables and public events worldwide, dedicated to support longevity technologies. In the end of 2013, the core group of regularly working activists has formed, which becomes the ILA board in 2014. After a long period of discussion and research on the best conditions for registering, the ILA is registered as a foundation in France, Paris, in September 2014. Four main fields are chosen as the ILA priorities:

  • Supporting the scientific research in the domain of biological aging and geroprotective technologies.
  • Facilitating professional networking within the research community, building connections with decision makers, business and general public.
  • Improving the regulatory policy for geroprotective technologies.
  • Educating general public on the matter of scientifically grounged methods of life extension.

The ILA became unique in the global longevity space in that it supports and builds up public longevity advocacy around the world at both the massive grass roots level and high governmental and supra-governmental level. Thus, it has been uniquely successful in leveraging longevity advocacy both to create and network activist groups and NGOs in dozens of countries, and successfully develop and bring to adoption prolongevity policies in several countries and internationally.

The ILA success stories speak for themselves:

With your support, the ILA will continue to advance longevity advocacy around the world, at both the grass roots and high level, to achieve the goal of healthy longevity for all through scientific research!