ICT for Ageing Well Newsletter — Issue Tue 07 Oct 2014

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ISSN : 2362-9797
European Commission ICT for Ageing Well
In this issue - 07 October 2014

In focus
Blog post by Paul Timmers on the occasion of International Day of Older Persons and Europe
Paul Timmers, Director of the Sustainable & Secure Society Directorate in the European Commission, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technologies, has written a blog post titled: "Demographic change is an opportunity that Europe cannot afford to miss".
Which EU Internet of Things Large Scale Pilots? Consultation and Invitation for Commitment
The European Commission is inviting stakeholders to provide advice and express a commitment for engagement on candidate target areas for future European Internet of Things (IoT) Large Scale Pilots (LSP). The results will contribute to the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-17 and European Commission actions. We welcome contributions until Sunday 30 November 2014.
See also : EU activities on IoT
Contact : Peter Friess
Other news
Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam announced as the winner of the Public Procurement of Innovation Award
The ceremony was held during the EcoProcura conference, in Ghent, Belgium, on 25 September. The Dutch hospital, which overcame competition from five other finalists, was praised by the jury for its innovative robotic bed washing facility. The award was presented by Bonifacio Garcia Porras of DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission.The Erasmus University Medical Centre asked the bidders to design a more cost and environmentally efficient solution to disinfect the hospital's 70,000 beds and mattresses. The contract was won by IMS Medical, who proposed a creative approach - high precision cleaning robots that disinfect the beds in a conveyor belt format, similar to the set-up employed by car manufacturers. Through the facility, the cleaning costs per bed were lowered by 35 percent compared with the existing solution, and the CO2 footprint reduced by 65 percent.
See also : the Robotic Bedwashing Facility, Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam
Call for papers: Special Issue on New Frontiers of Service Robotics for Active and Healthy Ageing
The International Journal of Social Robotics has issued a Call for Papers for its forthcoming Special Issue on New Frontiers of Service Robotics for Active and Healthy Ageing.
The AAL Award goes to Confidence
The contest, which featured the pitching of three finalist’s projects, was held on 10 September during a plenary session of the Forum of the AAL Programme in Bucharest (Romania). All contenders were challenged in a “dragon’s den” by a panel of four renowned experts in the field of technology, business and end users and the final vote.
Take part in the Consultation on ICT4Ageing Priorities
With this consultation, the AgeingWell Thematic Network aims to collect the opinions of stakeholders as regards the future challenges and the necessary measures/policies to be promoted to leverage the ICT4Ageing market competitiveness. The results of this public consultation will contribute to the ICT for Ageing Society Strategic Agenda to be delivered to the European Commission by the AgeingWell Network.
See also : the AgeingWell Thematic Network
EU-funded project rethinks Asimov's law of Robotics
RoboLaw project coordinator Prof. Erica Palmerini and RoboLaw researcher Dr. Andrea Bertolini of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, in Pisa, Italy, have been invited to present a paper on the main findings of the RoboLaw project (Regulating Emerging Robotic Technologies in Europe: Robotics facing Law and Ethics) at the workshop 'Upcoming issues of EU law', organised by the JURI Committee of the European Parliament. The conclusions of the project have been also profiled in a recent article of the Economist.
See also : The guidelines issued by the project
Event announcements
21 - Tue 07 Oct 2014 - Eindhoven (Netherlands)
World Health & Design Forum
The World Health & Design Forum (WHDF) aims to boost social innovation and to inspire people to join forces all over the world and initiate crossover projects that contribute to active and healthy ageing and healthy living.
22 October 2014 - Donegal, Ireland
Seminar on Integrated Care for European regions
The event will be an opportunity to attain significant information on the implementation of Ehealth practices, share experiences with peers and for regions to engage for political action at European level. Many regions are already implementing innovative policies to encourage the growth of the silver economy and build inclusive societies. Interregional cooperation and mutual learning approaches are therefore key to fast track age-friendly innovation in Europe.
24 - 25 October 2014 - German Sport University Cologne, Germany
iStoppFalls Symposium
The iStoppFalls symposium will present methods and results on a variety of topics which have been covered during the 3 year project focusing on the utilization of technologies to facilitate exercise in the anticipation of reducing falls and providing a fall prevention program.
10 - 12 November 2014 - Mermaid Conference Centre, London (UK)
Health 2.0 London
Next to many sessions on Health 2.0 focussing on R&D, health professionals, children, the elderly etc., this event gives the opportunity to eHealth start-ups to present themselves in front of a room full of investors (a session organised by the EU-funded GET project).
12 November 2014 - Düsseldorf, Germany
Healthcare Innovation Procurement P2P-Brokerage Event
For the first time ZENIT / NRW.Europa will offer at the Healthcare Brokerage Event on the MEDICA 2014 a special P2P-Brokerage Event for public purchasers of the health sector in Europe to meet other public purchasers interested in realizing Innovation Procurement (IP) projects. The aim of this event is to assist purchasers to find partners for joint cross-border procurement projects and to participate in the new innovation co-fund actions Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) and Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) of the new European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation - HORIZON 2020. P2P-Matching is free of charge, but a MEDICA entrance ticket is needed.
17 - 18 November 2014 - Newport, UK
International Telecare and Telehealth Conference
This year's conference will focus around Solutions for 21st Century Care and will include: a two day interactive, thought provoking, practical conference with the best and brightest speakers in our industry; Industry focused break-out sessions on tackling the Solutions for 21st Century Care through the use of technology; A showcase of the latest technology innovations Great networking opportunities.
19 November 2014 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Integrated care as a vehicle for innovation in health care delivery
The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Health Ageing (EIP AHA) is organising a workshop 'Evidence Generation and Successful Knowledge Transfer in Public Health: Case study on integrated care'. The event is part of the 7th European Public Health Conference with the theme 'Mind the gap: Reducing inequalities in health and health care'organised by the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and co-funded by the European Commission.
26 - 27 November 2014 - Auditorium Gaber - Palazzo Pirelli, via Fablo Filzi n. 22, Milano, Italy
Modernizing the public sector and boosting economic growth through innovation procurement
A high level Event and Networking on Pre Commercial Procurement and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions is organised in Milan on the 26th and 27th November 2014.
Funding opportunities
Call for tenders for the first joint cross-border procurement in the healthcare sector
The HAPPI project is financed by the European Commission and aims at detecting innovative solutions which address the needs of an ageing society in order to disseminate them in hospitals and nursing homes accross Europe.
€80 million available for Europe’s SMEs
The European Commission has just launched the FIWARE Accelerator Programme. €80 million will be awarded to SMEs, Startups and web-entrepreneurs using FIWARE Technologies. The FIWARE Accelerator is a network of European organisations which has already launched first calls for proposals earlier this month. The remaining calls will be presented in Munich on 17th & 18th September on the occasion of the European Conference on Future Internet.
Calls now open with relevance to ICT for Ageing well
A series of calls in Horizon 2020 under Societal Challenge "Health, demographic change and wellbeing" (SC1) with relevance to ICT for Ageing Well are now open, submission deadline is 21/04/2015.
See also : FAQ on PHC-21 and PHC-25
Neelie Kroes addresses the Ambient and Assisted Living Forum 2014
The Forum took place in Bucharest between 9 and 12 September.
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