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The poor often pay more …

  • For food: Since they need to shop in nearby stores where prices are often higher.
  • For housing: Due to the lack of social homes, people with low income are forced to move into privately rented accommodation where they pay too much for a house of poor quality.
  • For energy: Since they often live in houses that are less energy-friendly or because they cannot afford energy-saving investments
  • For health care: Social determinants show a link between poverty and inferior health as a doctor’s consult is often postponed for cost reasons.
  • For loans: Since the less creditworthy pay higher interest rates. Provided they qualify for a loan,…
  • etc.

Community Service Engineering believes engineers and their analytical skills could contribute significantly to breaking the vicious cycle of poverty.

We go into this topic at the third conference in the pre-programme of Community Service Engineering.

More information on this webpage or in our folder.

Participation is free. Registration can be done via this link.

This is the schedule for Thursday 4th of September:

  • 18.30 h: Registration
  • 19.00 h: Word of Welcome – prof. dr. ir. Bart Vanrumste (KU Leuven) – Community Service Engineering
  • 19.10 h: Poverty: a multidimensional problem and policy challenge – prof. dr. Frank Vandenbroucke (KU Leuven)
  • 19.50 h: A view by an expert in the field of ‘Poverty’ – Henk Van Hootegem (Interfederal Support Centre for Poverty Reduction)
  • 20.30 h: Case 1 : Sustainable energy for families in poverty – prof.dr.ir. Griet Verbeeck (UHasselt)
  • 20.50 h: Case 2 : Web application REMI may allow uniformity in additional financial allowances – dr. Bérénice Storms (Thomas More – Cebud)
  • 21.10 h: Round table discussion in the auditorium

You are expected at 18.30 in the Auditorium Oude Molen, Kasteelpark Arenberg 50, 3001 Heverlee. We hope to meet you there!

Best regards,

Inge Vervoort

Project Director Community Service Engineering

cse@kuleuven.be

Please join us:

You can find all presentations and pictures of the first two conferences:

  1. Conference on the topic of ‘Ageing’ that took place on April 3th via this link.
  2. Conference on the topic of ‘Living with a disability’ that took place on May 21th via this link.

Community Service Engineering (CSE) is a continuing education curriculum of KU Leuven that lasts for 8 months (October 2014 – May 2015) for graduated engineers (or nearly graduated engineering students that only still need to finish their master’s thesis).More information on the CSE curriculum:

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need more information.

Dear engineer,

There is a lot of ‘innovation potential’ in the social profit sector. That potential does not always emerge today because engineers and the sector do not know each other (well enough). Engineers could contribute significantly to the adequate implementation of existing solutions and services on the market in this sector. Furthermore they could play an important role in regard to topics such as the accessibility of public space, buildings, websites, media,…

That is why KU Leuven is organising a postgraduate course in ‘Community Service Engineering’ in collaboration with Thomas More.

We invite you to ‘the pre-programme’ that wants to show the potential of this domain. It consists of three conferences. The topics are:

Welcome!

You can register for one or more conferences. Participation is free but registration is required and can be done via this website: www.fet.kuleuven.be/events/cse or link.

All details can be found in the invitation that is downloadable here.

Sincerely,
Inge Vervoort
Project Director Community Service Engineering

A new Master of Design (MDes) in Inclusive Design from OCADU in Toronto has been announced. More information at the OCADU website.

Recognizing the high level of demonstrated need and demand for designers and developers with specialized knowledge in inclusive design principles and practices, both in Canada and abroad, OCAD University is launching an innovative new graduate program in Inclusive Design. Inclusive Design is design that is inclusive of the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age and other forms of human difference.
The focus of the Master of Design (MDes) in Inclusive Design will be on building expertise in inclusive digital media and information and communication technologies (ICT) and practices, with gradual expansion to incorporate larger components of industrial and environmental design, graphic communication and relevant arts/design areas with connection to digital technologies and ICT systems.
This innovative program will produce graduates with the capacity to form, lead and sustain a much-needed community of expertise on digital inclusion, which will span multiple sectors. Graduates will apply their studies in all sectors that engage digital media and ICT systems, including government and education sectors, digital industries, entertainment, arts, culture, health, communication design, wayfinding, architectural systems design, mobile and interactive industries and many others.
The MDes in Inclusive Design is a low residency two-year program with an executive style delivery format to accommodate the needs of working professionals and international students.

The 2nd Pan-European Workshop/User Forum and the 1st International ÆGIS Conference entitled “Access for All in the desktop, web and mobile field: an end-user and developer perspective” will take place in Seville, Spain on 6 and 7-8 October 2010 respectively. All events are organised by the ÆGIS IP initiative (Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards – www.aegis-project.eu), partially funded under FP7 (Theme: ICT‐2007.7.1; ICT & Ageing).

The Workshop/User Forum aims to bring together end-users and experts in the field of assistive technologies, from both the OSS community as well as the proprietary one, that focus on the accessibility of desktop, web and mobile applications. During the workshop the project will present the tools developed so far, and will stimulate discussions between both end-users and application developers vis-à-vis the project’s outcomes so far. The outcomes will be taken into account by the Consortium during the further course of the project. Participation to the workshop will be free of charge.

The registration form for each of the aforementioned events will be available shortly via the project’s website.

You can 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:

  • Abstracts submission deadline: Extended to 28th May 2010
  • Notification of abstracts acceptance: 14th June 2010
  • Paper submission deadline: 9th July 2010
  • Notification of acceptance and outcome of review process: 23rd July 2010
  • Final camera ready papers: 31st August 2010
  • Submission of external exhibitions by 30th June 2010
  • Registration by 30th September 2010

The European Business Conference on Inclusive Design – Innovation for All which takes place on 20-21 May 2010 in Oslo, Norway is a premier forum for Inclusive Design, focusing on the business value of the approach with international speakers from business, design and policy. Workshops lead by Inclusive Design experts will give participants an informative and interactive experience. An exhibition will showcase new and recent case studies from industry. The conference will have relevance to anyone interested in creating, growing and implementing an Inclusive Design approach.
The conference will be opened by HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. Norwegian government ministers will also support proceedings.
International companies and organisations will be present at the forum offering a unique two day experience.
For more information and to access the registration form.