ICT for Ageing Well Newsletter — Issue Tue 24 Mar 2015

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ISSN : 2362-9797
European Commission ICT for Ageing Well
In this issue - 24 March 2015

In focus
Stakeholder Consultation for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge "Health, demographic change and wellbeing"
In the context of implementing Horizon 2020, the European Union's research and innovation framework programme, and the development of the work programme 2016-2017 - Societal challenge "Health, demographic change and wellbeing", we would like to ask for input from your organisation via a short online questionnaire. In view of our tight time table the deadline for this exercise is 20 September 2014.
European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing: Conclusions and next steps
The European Summit of Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing took place in Brussels on March 9 and 10. Over 1200 visitors swamped the Brussels Square meeting centre, took part in over 32 sessions, workshops, sandpits and the Pioneer Village with its 20 exhibition booths. More than 20 start-ups presented themselves in the speakers' corner. Exhibitors and participants blogged and tweeted. Businesses found customers, researchers met with consumers, patients with service-providers and visitors had encounters with robots. The summit attracted new categories of partners: investors, including social investors, but also representatives of the construction and tourism sector as well as designers joined the event to seize the European potential of the Silver Economy.
Other news
Looking for ideas to develop an eHealth project?
Unmet needs are areas of opportunity where there are not good enough solutions in the market, but there is a latent demand from end users. These challenges can be transformed into business opportunities by eHealth entrepreneurs and companies. They are encouraged to look for these business opportunities.
11 February - 19 April 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal
Call for Exhibition - ICT 2015 in Lisbon, 20-22 October 2015
Ready to showcase the results of your innovative project? Eager to connect with other ICT researchers? Prepared to share your digital transformation? Submit your proposal for displaying your project/company at the ICT 2015 Exhibition!
logo of the conference with text Innovate, Connect, Transfrom, Lisbon, 20-22 October
18 February - 30 April 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal
Call for networking sessions – ICT 2015
Are you interested in discussing ICT-related subjects in the context of Horizon 2020 or EU policies? Would you like to create a space to explore new ideas, concepts and partnerships? Would you like to bring together a diverse set of actors interested in a specific research, innovation or policy domain? Do you have original ideas on how to encourage interactions between ICT 2015 participants? Then submit your proposal to organise a networking session!
logo of the ICT conference
European Assistance for innovation procurement

The EC has setup a service that provides promotion, training and local assistance to procurers interested to implement innovation procurements across the Member States. More info here:

  • Over the next 3 years, 12 events in different EU countries will provide info and training on PCP and PPI.
  • Training is based on a toolkit on why and how to implement PCP and PPI. A helpdesk will post replies to FAQs online.
  • Local assistance focuses on public procurers that want to start a PCP or PPI procurement for ICT based solutions at national level. It includes legal assistance in the start-up and implementation phase of a PCP or PPI. The target is to kick-start 6 new PCP and 6 new PPI procurements.

Interested to benefit from this European assistance on innovation procurement? Let us know.

Open Market Consultation on the STOPandGO project’s European Specification Template
STOPand GO (Sustainable Technologies for Older People – Get Organised) is a Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) Pilot project. The project began in April 2014 and will run for 36 months. The Whole System Demonstrator (WSD) showed that incorporating telehealth and telecare technology into care and cure services can lead to reductions in the need for people to access services, as well as improving their ability to live better lives in their own homes (e.g., quality of life).
See also : More details
Launch of an EU-wide repository of good practices supporting active and healthy ageing
To address the challenges posed by demographic change, European local and regional authorities, universities, civil society organisations and industries, have already developed and implemented a large number of initiatives in the fields of public services, healthcare, ICT, transport, housing, accessibility, and social participation. The AFE-INNOVNET Network has launched a Europe-wide repository set up to gather and share interesting initiatives and help make population ageing an opportunity for Europe's economic and social growth.
Event announcements
10 October 2014
ICT for Active and Healthy Ageing at ICT Proposers' Day 2014
ICT Proposers' Day 2014 will focus on networking for the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2015, and this session specifically for the PHC 21- 2015 call: Advancing active and healthy ageing with ICT: Early risk detection and intervention.
See also : registration
1 - 2 July 2014 - Brussels
CAPS 2014
CAPS 2014 is the first international event on Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation. A first round of CAPS pilots have been launched with the support of the European Commission in 2013 (following FP7 Call 10) and various CAPS initiatives have been emerging, day after day, in Europe and in other parts of the world. A second Call is foreseen within the Horizon 2020 EU research programme, opening in September 2014. In this context of emergence and diversity, and in view of the forthcoming Call, it is important to organise an international event focusing on CAPS, in continuity with the “1st Dialogue on platforms for collective awareness and action” held at the European Commission in September 2011. This event will provide existing projects and initiatives with an opportunity to discuss their impact, increase their visibility, develop synergies and roadmaps, and liaise with any interested stakeholders: civil society organisations, NGOs, local communities, students and hackers, academic and industrial institutions, policy makers, national agencies, new Members of the European Parliament, etc.
27 March 2015 - Paris, France
CARER+ Final conference: Smart Homecare: investing in skills and service delivery
The CARER+ final conference will bring together experts and researchers in the field of homecare and social services, representatives of care workers and policy makers from all over Europe to picture how the use of ITC in homecare can contribute to improve well being at home for care recipients and quality of services of caregivers.
21 April 2015 - Madrid, Spain
REMPARK project final workshop
The goal of the REMPARK project has been to develop a Personal Health System (PHS) with closed loop detection, response and treatment capabilities for management of Parkinson's Disease patients. The project is organising this event to share the results achieved following three years of work. Both the technical and medical results will be presented during the workshop as well as the work carried out throughout the project.
11 - 13 May 2015
mHealth at eHealth Week 2015
During the coming eHealth Week, you can be part of the discussion on the future of mobile health (mHealth) in Europe.
Logo eHealth Week 2015
22 - 25 September 2015 - Ghent, Belgium
AAL Forum 2015
The Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Forum is the annual platform for the European AAL community to meet and discuss several topics, relevant for improving the AAL Programme as well as the adoption of AAL solutions in the market. This year's event will combine interactive sessions and workshops with an interesting exhibition area. Initiatives from the Flanders care sectors and care living labs will be showcased while end users will be heavily involved.
Projects news & results
Movement sensor device improves life quality for Parkinson’s patients
A small sensor, headphones and a mobile phone – the elements of a prototype kit that is giving hope of relief for sufferers of Parkinson’s disease. The European-backed research project being spearheaded in Barcelona does not offer a cure for the degenerative condition, but it could improve the quality of life of patients and give them more autonomy.
PD_Manager: mHealth platform for Parkinson's disease
A new project will allow people with Parkinson's to be followed by a multidisciplinary team, with the use of easy and accessible technologies. The mHealth platform for Parkinson's Disease management (PD_Manager project) is being supported by 4.4 million euros in EU funding.
INCA project: Social health care integration made easy for everyone
The aim of INCA (a project funded under the European Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme) is to improve outcomes for patients, creating access to better integrated socio-sanitary care e-Services outside of hospitals, reducing unnecessary hospital admissions and enabling effective working of professionals across provider boundaries (silos).
See also : Project website
RAMCIP project: Robot Research to help people with mild cognitive impairment
Supporting elderly people with Mild Cognitive Impairment is key to helping them lead independent lives for longer. This is a labour-intensive process. RAMCIP (Robotic Assistant for MCI Patients at home) is a three-year research project funded by the European Commission under the HORIZON2020 programme, which started in January 2015 to tackle this problem.
Contact : Dr. Dimitrios Tzovaras
Studies and reports
Growing the Silver Economy Background Paper
At the European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing a background document was launched on 'Growing the Silver Economy'. It has been co-created by a team from different Directorates-General within the European Commission. The document is a first attempt to chart what the Silver Economy has to offer to the EU and what EU is doing already to grow it.
Workshop report: Impact, policy orientation, qualitative research: Social Sciences and Humanities in Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing
Social Sciences and Humanities research are woven ever more closely into all priorities and areas within Horizon 2020. This is not an end in itself but a way to address societal challenges adequately. Recognising the importance of this idea for Societal Challenge No. 1, "Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing", the European Commission (DG CNECT, DG RTD and the Joint Research Centre) seeks advice from diverse research and innovation communities to foster inter- and transdisciplinary approaches.
Funding opportunities
Questions and Answers on open call "Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation"
The questions received by the "Net Innovation" and "Digital Social Platform" units of DG CONNECT related to this topic will be answered in this document. It will be updated as needed when new questions are received.
FAQs - Horizon 2020 – Societal Challenge "Health, demographic change and wellbeing"
These FAQ documents provide the answers to all questions about the Societal Challenge "Health, demographic change and wellbeing" single stage topics asked by potential applicants.
The 2015 call for proposals of the Active and Assisted Living Joint Programme (AAL JP)
The 2015 Call Challenge of the AAL Programme aims to fund ICT based innovative, transnational and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects with a clear market orientation that support older adults to live: Independently for longer, meaning with as little (professional) help as possible and with choice and control over the decisions, equipment and assistance; Actively in the sense of staying in charge of their own lives and participate in society the way they want.
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