ICT for Ageing Well Newsletter — Issue Wed 01 Jul 2015

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ISSN : 2362-9797
European Commission ICT for Ageing Well
In this issue - 01 July 2015

In focus
Registration for ICT 2015 is open!
Registration for ICT 2015 has just opened. Register today and join the ICT enthusiasts from research and academia, politics, industry, start-ups, investors. Free registration gives you access to the ICT 2015 conference, networking, exhibition activities and much more!
Other news
Improve the access to your research results by requesting funding for Open Access publication
The Gold Open Access pilot funding instrument is now open for collecting funding requests to support the publication in Open Access of research results from finished FP7 projects (“post-grant”). Launched by the European Commission, the pilot is being implemented in the context of the OpenAIRE2020 project, and is aligned with the Open Access infrastructure and support network provided by OpenAIRE.
Event announcements
18 September 2015 - Brussels
Info Day: Horizon 2020 - 'Health, demographic change and wellbeing'
Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), the EU funding programme for research and innovation, puts emphasis on tackling societal challenges, including Societal Challenge 1 (SC1) related to Health Demographic Change and Wellbeing. Having at its core the principle of better health for all, SC1 focuses on personalised health and care. It has an overall budget of €7.4 billion for the programme duration. The Work Programme will be published in the Autumn. The Info Day of 18 September in Brussels is now fully booked but will be webstreamed. Please check the list attached of national info days and contact your Horizon 2020 'Health' National Contact Point for details.
See also : Details of the Info day
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.
28 September 2015 - Hamburg, Germany
Bridging user needs to deployed applications of service robots
This workshop will be held during the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. The aim of this workshop is to provide a structured approach from user needs to the deployment of intelligent robot and system solutions to improve the quality of life of elders, impaired persons and everybody else by augmenting mobility, manipulation and cognitive capabilities of the users.
5 November 2015 - Kingston University, London, United Kingdom
IET International Conference on Technologies for Active and Assisted Living (TechAAL)
Active and assisted living (AAL) makes use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in a person's daily living and working environment to enable them to stay active longer, remain socially connected and live independently into old age. Research efforts in AAL have increased rapidly to support independent living, as the social and economic impact of aging population has become a more concrete problem in our European society.
Press review
New European project to develop robotic shower system to assist frail persons
Being able to maintain personal hygiene plays a crucial factor for independent living in old age. Loosing this ability means needing support for these activities, often resulting into a move in a nursing care home. This clearly suggests that automated showering support can foster independent living in dignity for persons experiencing loss of autonomy and relieve the caring and nursing burden of the family, domiciliary services, medical centers and other assisted living environments or nursing care homes. I-SUPPORT is a three-year HORIZON 2020 European research project launched in March 2015. Its goal is to develop a robotic shower system in order to enable independent living for a long period and thus, improve the quality of life of frail citizens.
Contact : Rafael López
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How digital competence development brings better care services: the CARERPlus project
Care workers and carers are the « missing link » between the digital tools and elder people. The project CARERPlus proved this hypothesis right. The project trained and enhanced the digital skills and competences of care workers and carers across Europe, making the home care service they deliver better. The project’s programme also improved the professionalisation and job opportunities of the participants. As a result, elder people can acquire themselves ICT competences and become familiar with ICT tools and devices, thus supporting their active ageing and a better quality of life.
Contact : Gloria Ortiz
Studies and reports
Report on Case Studies of Technology-based Services for Independent Living for Older People
This research aims to guide Member States in the development of long-term care strategies, which use technology-based services to enable older adults to continue living at home independently. These services use any kind of technology including ICT to empower clients to manage despite their frailties. They also make it possible to organize the provision of care better and increase the productivity and quality of long-term care delivery.
Funding opportunities
Call for proposals for projects under the 2015 work plan of the Health Programme
The Work Plan 2015 of the 3rd Health Programme was published on 2 June 2015, and the call for proposals for projects under the 2015 work plan was published on 5 June 2015. The deadline for submissions is set for 15 September - 17:00 (Brussels time). The call includes support for the implementation and scaling up of good practices in the areas of integrated care, frailty prevention, adherence to medical plans and age-friendly communities, in line with the action plans of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.
Study on the Silver Economy — SMART 2015/0038.
A call for tenders is launched by the European Commission for a service contract of a maximum value of EUR 250 000. This study is intended to help underpin and support the development of a Silver Economy Strategy for Europe.
See also : Requests for additional information
Study on support to scaling-up of innovations in active and healthy ageing - SMART 2015/0039.
A call for tenders is launched by the European Commission for a service contract of a maximum value of EUR 250 000. The objective of the study is to support the sharing of experience and skills regarding scaling-up strategies and experiences, addressing also problems due to diversity of health and care systems including social protection paradigms, and in this way, support the success of the deployment efforts of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) and partners of the Reference Sites of the EIP on AHA as well as other targeted regions and organisations.
See also : Requests for additional information
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