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The 1st International Conference on Age-Friendly Cities will be held in Dublin on 28th-30th September 2011.

Conference Programme
Participants will gain an insight into critical thinking on the issue of age-friendly cities from a broad spectrum of internationally recognised practitioners and speakers. Experts come from a diverse range of perspectives including spatial planning, leadership studies, social gerontology, anthropology, transport, city transformation, psychology, architecture, health, technology, city administration, education, and evaluation studies. The conference will also capture geographically diverse age-friendly initiatives from the developed and developing world including Ireland, the UK, the USA, Eastern Europe, Africa, Canada, Japan, Singapore, China and India. World renowned speakers include Gary Lawrence, Chris Phillipson, Charles Landry, Michael Mehaffy and Etienne Wenger.

Networking Opportunity
400 leaders and senior managers from existing members of the Age-friendly Cities Global Network, CEOs and senior managers of municipal authorities including planners, architects and elected representatives will share insight on age-friendly city initiatives. As the conference brings together experts involved in a broad range of age-friendly initiatives internationally, it provides a forum to meet people actively implementing age-friendly programmes at the Global Village exhibition. Participants will include senior professionals across the public, private and voluntary sectors in areas such as transport, health care and housing, research and academia, and key older people’s organisations.

Another centre piece of the conference is the Dublin Declaration on Age-Friendly Communities. This will be launched at the conference by the Lord Mayor of Dublin and signed by a core group of mayors and leaders from across the world. If you would like your municipality to endorse the Declaration please bring this important element of the conference to their attention. We’ve also developed a process whereby cities don’t have to travel to Dublin to endorse the Declaration. Further information is available by emailing us at hilary@ageingwellnetwork.ie

Planning for the Global Village exhibition is also well underway. This informal exhibition space is an integral part of the conference programme and will provide opportunities for delegate representatives to present and showcase developments in their cities and communities throughout the three days of the conference. Already New York, Manchester, New Delhi, Lyon and Hong Kong have decided to be involved in the Village. You can get additional information about the Village at cbyrne@ageingwellnetwork.ie

Full information on the conference, including the programme and the registration process is available at www.afc-internationalconference.ie.

After 4 years of activities, the OASIS project is coming to the end. This International Final Conference will be the opportunity to present the project’s outcomes and to gather all relevant academic and industrial stakeholders to discuss about the OASIS applications together with the beneficiaries of the project, older people and all those people in the need of assistance. Therefore the OASIS International Conference will host the User Forum and the Scientific Advisory Board meeting. The first event, scheduled on Tuesday 15th November in the morning, will give the invited beneficiaries the opportunity to test the OASIS applications and their on-line trainings, touching by hand the devices developed by the project and discussing with the developers about their functions and potentials. The second meeting, organised on Wednesday 16th November, will involve the OASIS international experts and will gather their views and further advice on the applications and their interoperability.

From 31 August 2011 – 2 September 2011, the AAATE (European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology) 2011 conference take splace in Maastricht, The Netherlands.
The theme of the conference is “Everyday Technology for Independence and Care”. The event is the opportunity for the AAATE community to share their expertise, what has been achieved and what is further needed to advance the position of AT in Europe.
More information can be found on the event website.

The Call for Papers for RAatE 2011 (Recent Advances in Assistive Technology & Engineering) is now open. You are invited to submit papers, case studies or posters on a range of topics, including:

  • Services – Aspects of Service Delivery
  • Developments & Challenges in Wheelchair Services
  • New Service Demands: Commissioning of Re-ablement & AT Services
  • Emerging Technologies & Recent Advances in AT
  • Case Studies of Innovative AT in Practice

In addition to research papers or new innovations this year RAatE welcomes offers of presentations on how specialist aspects of assistive technology are delivered within services. With an ever expanding range of technology, how do services meet the increasing needs and expectations of their client groups? In particular RAatE welcomes hearing how services provide specialist aspects of assistive technology such as specialist wheelchair controls, integrated access, communication requirements or environmental controls. Challenges and solutions that have worked locally can be presented in the form of case studies or group presentations.
The deadline for the call for papers is 8th July 2011 and submissions can be made via the RAatE website.
RAatE 2011 is being held on Monday 28th November 2011 at the University of Warwick conference centre, and is the only UK conference focused on the latest innovations and developments in assistive technology. This conference will be of interest to everyone who uses, works with, develops or conducts research on assistive technologies.

The European Conference “Technology with Disabled and Older People: Business development, Building alliances and Impact assessment” will take place on March 28-29, 2011 at the London School of Economics in collaboration with the BIS, AGE Platform Europe, KTN, TSB, and the EU.
Over 40% of the population are either older or disable the demand for personal care at home and in the community is growing. A pool of experience in early provision of services and technologies for both assisted and independent living and active ageing is being steadily gathered across Europe. Many ideas will be presented. Wider deployment rests upon identification of the business opportunities. Cost effective systems are identified to enable safer and less costly home care and presentations will describe these. The prize being a triple win for People, Governments and Business.
The immediate requirements then are improved communication, understanding and cooperation between the diverse parties.
A range of organisations are working with the London School of
Economics to encourage better working practices. Including the Department of Business, Initiative and Skills, AGE Platform Europe, The Technology Strategy Board, The Knowledge Transfer Network, The Knowledge Tree Group, MonAMi project, with industry, and the
Sasakawa Foundation to organise this event.
Abstract Instructions, registration and hotel details.

AEGIS project organises its final Workshop and 2nd International Conference entitled “Accessibility Reaching Everywhere” on 28-30 November 2011 in Brussels, bringing together both end-users (people with disabilities) as well as platform and application accessibility developers, representative organisations, the Assistive Technology industry, and policy makers. Since 2008, the AEGIS consortium (comprising companies such as Vodafone Foundation, Research in Motion, Oracle, and research groups from Cambridge University and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, etc.) has been developing an Open Accessibility Framework – comprising open accessibility interfaces, user interface components, developer tools, end-user applications and prototype accessibility solutions for desktops, rich Internet applications and mobile devices.

The workshop on 28 November will focus on the realisations of the AEGIS (Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards) project and provide attendees the opportunity to try out all outcomes of the project. The demonstrated products offer barrier-free access to desktop, mobile and web applications, are open source based and will be freely available.

The conference on 29-30 November will gather a wide array of experts and users in the area of Assistive Technology to discuss scientific and policy developments in accessible technology; showcase relevant projects and initiatives in the area of assistive technology.

Access to both events will be free, but places will be limited.

Download the call for papers also as pdf.

We kindly invite you and your colleagues to submit papers in the following categories:

  • Scientific papers
  • Technical papers

Conference topics (non-exhaustive list):

  • Accessible desktop applications (AT, developer tools and accessible applications)
  • Accessible mobile applications (AT, developer tools and accessible applications)
  • Accessible Rich Internet Applications (AT, developer tools and accessible applications)
  • Accessibility and Standardisation (e.g. ISO, eInclusion, Policies, Legislation)
  • Accessibility and Usability (e.g. Design for All)
  • Accessibility research (e.g. Assistive technology usage by end-users and their satisfaction, innovative AT training via accessible e-learning)

Important dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 30th April 2011
  • Notification of acceptance abstract submission: 31st of May 2011
  • Paper submission deadline: 30th June 2011
  • Notification of acceptance and outcome of review process: 15th September 2011
  • Final camera ready papers: 31 October 2011
  • Registration by 31st October 2011

Abstracts submission:

Abstracts submitted in the context of one of the above topics should not exceed 500 words. The title, authors and their contact and affiliation details (authors’ email address, telephone and fax number and affiliation name and address) as well as keywords (up to five) should be included.

Under the title of your abstract, please quote the relevant conference topic. We would strongly recommend you to propose more than one conference topics, if applicable, quoting them in priority order.

Authors who are unable to provide an electronic version or have other circumstances that prevent such submission must contact us (info@aegis-project.eu) prior to submission to discuss alternative options.

Abstracts should be submitted to info@aegis-project.eu by 30th April 2011.

Submission declaration:

Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder.

Any manuscript not complying with the above requirements will not be accepted.

Publications:

Abstracts and camera-ready papers as well as exhibition applications will be reviewed by the ÆGIS Scientific Committee. The final versions of the accepted camera-ready papers will be published and will be made available during the conference. The authors of each accepted submission are required to give a presentation at the conference and must register by 31 October 2011.

In addition, the authors of the accepted technical papers will be invited to publish their software (where relevant) in the Open Source Community.

Looking forward to meet you and welcome you to our Community!

Guidelines for Final Paper:

Download Guidelines for Final Papers (.doc).