ISG News Letter 2017

The President's corner

I want to take a moment to send you my most sincere wish for a very restful and peaceful holiday.
May this very special and beautiful season of hope bring together all who weave the themes of technology and gerontology for the benefit of the world’s aging citizens. Together we are having an impact that is being felt worldwide.

I recently returned from a great trip to Korea to take part in the International Gerontechnology Expo & Forum 2017 held at the Korea International Exhibition and Convention Center (www.kintex.com), on November 9-11 2017. The event constituted the preamble to the formal establishment of a Korean Chapter of the International Society for Gerontechnology.  

Asia’s unique demographic challenges are driving an intense interest in Gerontechnology, as the prospect of insufficient numbers of care workers for its elderly populations looms ever larger. We welcome the foresight of the Korean people in looking to emerging Gerontechnologies as a solution to this growing challenge.

International Gerontechnology Expo & Forum 2017 Korea

 

Professor Woo-Joung Shim of the Department of Senior Business Management of Hanyang Cyber University and Director of Research at Firstcare, Co., Ltd is the President of the Korean Association of Products and Services for Senior Citizens, a regional leader in the creation of advanced Gerontechnologies for older adults. Professor Shim’s very successful International Gerontechnology Expo & Forum 2017 was held at the Korea International Exhibition and Convention Center, in the Republic of Korea on November 9-11 2017.

II Brazilian Congress of Gerontechnology, Sao Paolo Brazil

The Brazilian Gerontechnology Society was successfully launched by professor Carla da Silva Santana Castro as president during the congress from 16th till 18th November 2017.

With conferences and lectures providing new insights on the challenges and opportunities for Gerontechnology in Brazil, research in graduate level in this subject, the development of products and equipment, robotics, digital technology, information and communication, among other topics.
The excellent program also included several pre-conference short courses, conversation circles and cultural presentation.

An ISG master class “Design for Ageing for students” was organized and Emeritus professor Annelies van Bronswijk presented her lecture "How to research or design for Gerontechnology" as the one Grandmaster of Gerontechnology. In addition, professor dr. Johannes Doll, vice president of the Brazilian Gerontechnology society gave a lecture on Research and innovation for a sustainable humanity while professor Helianthe Kort presented a lecture on Creating Healthy Environments.

Both professor Doll and professor Kort were also invited as a key-note speaker at the conference.

Marina Soares Bernardes MSc. won the Herman Bouma prize for best poster in Gerontechnology research and design.

First Gerontechnology Symposium 2017, Monash University Malaysia

 

The Gerontechnology Symposium held at the Monash University in Malaysia was a great succes! The symposium attracted great attention in Malaysia, which is a relatively young country. Around 200 people participated in this one-day symposium, including academics/researchers, industry practitioners, government and NGOs from the Asian region (Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong).

Professor Yeh-Liang Hsu, Editor-in-Chief of Gerontechnology and IT Director of the International Society for Gerontechnology was invited to give a speech to introduce gerontechnology, its opportunities and challenges. The Gerontechnology Lab of Monash University, chaired by Professor Pei Lee, TEH, the organizer of this symposium, also showcased their research projects in gerontechnology. Researchers in Malaysia also expressed strong interest to the possibility of establishing an ISG Malaysian Chapter.

News from the chapters

Annual Japan Chapter conference held at Hiroshima, Tokyo, on december
2nd, 2017

This was the 17th time that we had our Chapter Conference in Hiroshima, since we started in 2001.
We had 2 keynote lectures and 8 presentations. The number of participants was 14, less than regular years in Tokyo, but discussions were very active and fruitful!

Entire proceedings can be find on this link.
 
http://bit.ly/2yVj1ci

Though papers were in Japanese, titles and abstracts were written in English.
And, of course, we have promoted to participate at the ISG 2018 conference next year.


 

Events 2018
The International ISG 2018 Conference

ISG's 11th World Conference of Gerontechnology
May 7-11, 2018
Hilton Bayfront Hotel, 331 1st Street
St. Petersburg, Florida
Theme: Evolving Designs for Our Future Selves

Call for Abstracts
http://www.sfu.ca/fc/ISG2018/call-for-abstracts.html


The World Conference of Gerontechnology is the world's largest gathering of researchers, product designers and developers, and practitioners in the field of technology and aging. Held every 2 years, World Conferences feature keynote speakers, invited and submitted symposia, paper and poster sessions.

Topics covered include assistive technology, biomechanics and ergonomics, rehabilitation engineering, robotics, tele-monitoring, telecare, ICT, inclusive design and usability, smart homes and smart fabrics, sensor technology, cognitive aging and computer games, and more.

In addition to a strong scientific program, the 11th World Conference will feature an exhibition and trade show, an exciting social program, and pre- and post-conference special interest events.

The organizing committee for ISG2018 is pleased to announce that the following distinguished individuals have accepted our invitation to present a keynote address the ISG 11th World Conference :

*Mary Furlong, EdD, President and CEO of Mary Furlong and Associates, a leading authority on the longevity marketplace
 
*Jeffrey Kaye, MD - Layton Professor of Neurology and Biomedical Engineering & Director  NIA Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Oregon Health Sciences University, an expert in the use of sensing technology for signally imminent health and functional change in older adults
 
 *Alex Mihailidis, PhD. P.Eng. - Barbara G. Stymiest Research Chair in Rehabilitation at the University of Toronto & Scientific Director of the AGEWELL Network of Centres of Excellence, an expert on intelligent home systems for elder care and wellness.
 
*Goldie Nejat, PhD, P.Eng - Canada Research Chair in Robots for Society, University of Toronto, developer of Brian, Casper, Tangy and Leia, interactive robots that provide cognitive and social stimulation, help with activities of daily living, and lead group recreation to improve quality of life and promote seniors' independence
 
*Paul Webster, PhD founder of Ubisense, Inc. of Cambridge, UK. - creator of Ultra-wideband tracking technology used in the behavioral and biomedical research fields and in industrial control applications by such prominent international firms as BMW, Aston Martin, Airbus and Caterpillar.
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Attention students!
ISG Masterclass to take place in conjunction with ISG2018! 
   
   

Plan now to stay on in Florida for the two day Masterclass that will take place May 10-11, 2018. Masters confirmed to date include: James Fozard, Wiliam Kearns, Alex Mihailidis, Vappu Taipale, and Anthea Tinker. Visit the Student Information page of the conference website (www.sfu.ca/isg2018) for the Masterclass announcement and for an application form.  
Deadline for submission of applications March 15, 2018. Don't miss this unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these world leaders of gerontechnology.
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For more information about our speakers and details about submitting an abstract for a symposium, paper or poster visit our website at www.sfu.ca/isg2018 or e-mail isg2018@sfu.ca.  

Abstracts are being accepted for peer review now-- get yours in early -- deadline for submission is January 15, 2018.
ISG North American Chapter & ISG2018 Secretariat
Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre
#2800-515 W Hastings Street, Vancouver Canada
E-mail: isg2018@sfu.ca    URL: www.sfu.ca/isg2018

Travel Grant Application Opportunity

The Herman Bouma fund for Gerontechnology Foundation offers this possibility and will support young, promising researchers in the area of Gerontechnology with yearly grants for travelling or research scholarships. Interested? For more information: http://gerontechnologie.nl/grants
 Seeking
15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) for a funded ITN in the field of AGEISM
 
A new Marie-Curie Innovative Ph.D. Training Program (ITN) funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020 is opening up in the field of ageism. The overall goal of the program is to bridge science and policy in the emerging field of ageism and produce professionals who can fill a variety of positions, along the science-policy continuum. We are seeking 15 excellent early-stage researchers (ESRs) for a
3-year fully funded Ph.D. program in the research areas of: Psychology, sociology, social psychology, political sciences, social work, economy, clinical pharmacy, engineering, design, social networks, geography, nursing, gerontology, gender studies, labor studies, anthropology, law and related fields.
The EuroAgeism network has 15 vacancies for highly skilled Ph.D. students. Accepted ESRs will be enrolled in a PhD programme supported by unique training that provides direct experience in policy, health and social care, and multi-disciplinary research. International training schools will be held for the development of transferable skills and to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between ESRs and policy stakeholders. Successful candidates will be paid a highly competitive salary for a period of three years.
 
The EuroAgeism consortium is a €4 million Marie Skłodowska-Curie-Innovative Training Network (ITN) -funded by the European Commission, under the H2020 program and coordinated by Bar Ilan University. The consortium is composed of academic, governmental, non-governmental, inter-governmental, and health and social care organizations. Countries involved in the consortium include Israel, the Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, Finland, the U.K., The Netherlands and Belgium. ESRs also are expected to attend internship (secondment) in various academic and non-academic institutions, located in Ireland, the U.K., Israel, Belgium, Austria, and Switzerland.  

For further information contact Liat Ayalon: Liat.Ayalon@biu.ac.il

Link to all the information
Please check our website www.EuroAgeism.eu

Publications

Recent publications by ISG-members

Gutman, G., Kearns, W., Normie, L., Kort, H. & van den Berg, P., Addressing the Needs of Older Adults Through Technology: The Unique Focus of the International Society for Gerontechnology. International Federation on Ageing 14th World Conference, Toronto, Aug. 8-10, 2018

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