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Recap: AAL Forum 2017

The AAL Forum 2017, Europe’s premier event in the field of active and healthy ageing, took place in the beautiful Convento de São Francisco in Coimbra, Portugal, bringing nearly 800 delegates together to discuss the latest developments in this rapidly growing field. The venue, which dates back to the beginning of the 17th century, was ...
11 October 2017 | Recap

Download the “Coimbra City Tour” app

To help you explore Coimbra to its full potential, the AAL Forum 2017 recommends downloading the app ‘Coimbra City Tour’, and invites you to discover the city. The easy-to-use app is provided by the Central Portuguese tourism board and transforms your smartphone or tablet into a tailor-made, customisable audio tour. Simply add your available times ...
28 September 2017 | Coimbra

World Renowned Coimbra Band to Perform at AAL Forum

AAL have confirmed the chart-hitting band Anaquim, will be headlining the AAL Forum 2017 at the closing party on Wednesday 4th October. Founded in 2006, Anaquim is a Portuguese five-man band that mixes musical traditions with international pop/rock patterns. The band from Coimbra combines folklore and fado with more main-stream lively acoustic indie rock to ...
27 September 2017 | Coimbra

Lambert van Nistelrooij: Let the Stars Shine

Lambert van Nistelrooij, Member of European Parliament and co-chair of the Intergroup on Active Ageing, Intergenerational Solidarity and Family Policies, will be speaking at the AAL Forum 2017 and will provide an insight into the role the Internet of Things plays in the future success of active and assisted living, and the opportunities from society’s innovative ...
26 September 2017 | Keynote speakers

Experience a Tour of Coimbra

AAL Forum participants have the chance to win a free evening city bus tour of Coimbra. The forum is offering a lucky 98 participants the opportunity to see the sights of Coimbra at night. The two bus tours will meander through the city with a local tour-guide who will provide detailed descriptions of some of ...
21 September 2017 | Coimbra

Matchmaking: meet the right people at the AAL Forum

This AAL Forum 2017 will feature a matchmaking event which helps organise informal meetings between participants. The event brings together potential business and cooperation partners to talk about their work and strike up real collaborations across borders....
20 September 2017 | Geen categorie

Enjoy Free Golf Lessons in Coimbra

Taking place on Tuesday 3rd October and Thursday 5th October, AAL participants can enjoy complementary golf lessons at Coimbra’s world class Quinta das Lágrimas’ golf club. Quinta das Lágrimas Golf Course is one of the oldest courses in Portugal where several national and international tournaments take place, and will be the venue of the renowned ...
20 September 2017 | Coimbra

Sonia Martinez Arca – Keynote Speaker

Sonia Martinez Arca will be attending the AAL Forum 2017 as a keynote speaker in plenary one and will be bringing with her years of experience working in the Galician Health Ministry, Spain, as a regional innovation expert. We talk with Sonia about how public administration can foster the development and the implementation of innovative ...
18 September 2017 | Keynote speakers

Take a stand at the AAL Forum

Take a stand at the AAL Forum The AAL Forum offers companies and projects the perfect opportunity to make a huge impact in the world of active ageing – and this year more than ever. Spaces at the 2017 Forum, which takes place in Coimbra, Portugal, from October 2-4, are still available from €840 for ...
12 September 2017 | Geen categorie

Sacha Nauta: Defining a new stage of life

Defining a new stage of life Sacha Nauta, The Economist’s finance editor, is delivering the opening keynote address at the AAL Forum 2017, which will provide a fascinating insight into the economics of ageing, and the opportunities that exist if we begin to shift expectations of life as an older person. The following is an ...
12 September 2017 | Geen categorie

Schist Village: Flavours from Centro de Portugal

This year, the AAL Forum is offering participants the mouth-watering opportunity to taste the wine and cuisine from the Centro de Portugal region at the forum’s very own Schist Village. Did you know? Rabaçal’s cheese originates in the area of Penela. Its taste and aroma is unique due to Penela’s pastures being rich in thyme. Curiosities ...
12 September 2017 | Coimbra

New report states virtual reality computer game could help diagnose dementia

Research scientists at University College London, University of East Anglia and ETH Zurich have been working with computer game developers Glitchers to transform a smartphone app into a virtual reality (VR) game to enable some of the most detailed investigations into dementia, reports the BBC. At the end of 2016 at the Neuroscience conference, scientists ...
11 September 2017 | Dementia

Active and Assisted Living Investors’ Event

The Active and Assisted Living Programme is organising its second investors’ event to be hosted during the AAL Forum, in the framework of its new AAL Market Observatory initiative. This invitation-only Investors’ Event will take place on Tuesday 3 October at 14:00-15:30, and will offer seven dynamic young companies with credible solutions for ageing the ...
5 September 2017 | Exhibitors

Forum offers opportunity to meet investors and end users

The AAL Forum is an unmissable opportunity for exhibitors to showcase new technological advances and innovations in the field of active ageing to notable investors and nearly 80 older end users. As an exhibitor, the forum guarantees you two full days of exposure to industry stakeholders who are looking to invest and help develop some ...
31 August 2017 | Exhibitors

AAL Exhibition Award

This year, the AAL Forum is offering exhibitors the chance to win the prestigious AAL Exhibition Award 2017 by promoting and reinforcing the commitment of involving and engaging end-users in the AAL community with their exhibitor stand.   This fun event is open to all registered exhibitors and will see them be put through their paces as they conduct a presentation, no longer than seven minutes in length, ...
31 August 2017 | Geen categorie

Student and over 65 discounted registration fees

AAL Forum 2017 are offering students and over 65s tickets to the conference at excellent reduced rates. Taking place in the enchanting city of Coimbra, home to Portugal’s greatest university and one of the oldest in the world, the AAL Forum 2017 is celebrating the large student population – which makes up almost a third ...
29 August 2017 | Registration

Brigitte Bührlen – Keynote speaker

Bringing with her the perspective and knowledge of a first-hand career, Brigitte Bührlen, founder and chair of We! Foundation of Caring Relatives, is sure to provide an interesting perspective during her plenary one presentation at the AAL Forum 2017. Brigitte looked after her mother, who suffered from dementia, for 20 years. After moving into her ...
25 August 2017 | Keynote speakers

Fado, the music of Portugal

A melody that expresses the Portuguese spirit, veiled in yearning and sweet melancholy yet tinged with joy and hope, fado is one of Europe’s most beautiful musical styles and is still traditionally celebrated in the cities of Coimbra and Lisbon. The music genre originated in Portugal in the early 1800s but only began to appear ...
24 August 2017 | Coimbra

Call for exhibitors!

There is still time to register a booth as an exhibitor at this year’s AAL Forum in the beautifully historic town of Coimbra, Portugal. The event provides an unmissable opportunity for exhibitors to show the most innovative, creative and vital technological advances in active ageing in Europe. And we want you to register now! By ...
18 August 2017 | Exhibitors

Early intervention needed to prevent rising care costs, says report

Recent results published by Newcastle University, UK, show that the number of care home places for the country’s most frail will need to increase by a third within a decade. To cope with the increased rise in life expectancy, the study suggests that assistive technology could provide the early intervention essential for delaying the onset ...
17 August 2017 | Social care

Poster deadline extended for one week

The final call for poster submissions has been extended for one more week so don’t worry, you have until the 22nd August to submit your idea for a poster - and what a fantastic opportunity to present at this year’s AAL Forum it is. Be right amongst other authors and participants as you present your ...
15 August 2017 | Posters

INOVA+ — Exhibitor profile

INOVA+ provide support through both innovation and internationalisation, and access financing for technology based organisations to help them grow. In particular, INOVA+ focus on supporting the visibility, market positioning, and customer orientation of start-ups or entrepreneurs at university level, with a vision to promote the transformation of scientific and technological knowledge into innovative projects and ...
11 August 2017 | Exhibitors

Carina Dantas – Keynote and workshop speaker

Carina Dantas, director of the Innovation Department at Cáritas Diocesana de Coimbra, Portugal, has been invited to participate as a keynote speaker at the AAL Forum 2017, as well as help run and speak at a further two workshop sessions. With a plethora of experience in the field of active ageing, health and social care, ...
8 August 2017 | Keynote speakers

New exhibitors announced

Three new AAL Forum 2017 exhibitors have been announced and they each present a strong focus on the cultivation and impact of innovative start-ups, university initiatives and technological business ideas. INOVA+ provides support to businesses through both innovation and internationalisation, and access financing for technology based organisations to help them grow. This can be anybody ...
3 August 2017 | Exhibitors

Dementia-friendly public spaces

Solutions are, of course, comprehensively explored on how to assist people with dementia to live more comfortable lives at home for longer. Keeping sufferers happy within their four walls, however, is not the only answer and finding ways to help them venture further afield is also important. Recent statistics from Alzheimer’s Research UK reveal that ...
31 July 2017 | Dementia

The City of Coimbra

Coimbra from summit to river bank is a spectacular destination to host this year’s AAL Forum, oozing with a charming past and moving to a unique sound. The city is Portugal’s medieval capital and the site of the country’s oldest university at almost 700 years old. Previously inhabited by monarchs as the royal palace, the ...
27 July 2017 | Geen categorie

Preliminary outcome of AAL Call 2017

The AAL Call 2017 entitled “AAL packages/integrated solutions: Packages integrating different solutions based on ICT to support active, healthy and independent living of older adults,” closed on May 24th 2017 to all proposals. This challenge focused on turning impressive ideas into AAL projects that can provide practical, integrated solutions to challenges in people’s everyday lives. ...
21 July 2017 | Geen categorie

Reinout Engelberts – Keynote speaker

Reinout Engelberts, CEO of Sensara and MBA Graduate in Business Economics at IESE Business School in Barcelona, will be speaking in the first plenary session at the AAL Forum 2017, on the perceived value of AAL products to the consumer market.  Sensara uses smart sensor technology to support people who don’t need nursing care at ...
20 July 2017 | Geen categorie

Hackathon: Hack 4 Ageing Well – Register Now!

For 24 hours from the 30 September to the 1 October 2017, at Instituto Pedro Nunes, a hackathon will be taking place in the run up to the AAL Forum 2017 in Coimbra, Portugal. Hack 4 Ageing Well is one of the thrilling side events to be taking place alongside the main activities at this ...
19 July 2017 | Geen categorie

Call for posters: Submit your ideas by August 15th

Do you want the chance to present your work to colleagues and investors at the AAL Forum? Submit your idea for a poster by August 15th if you want to take this opportunity to present at one of the biggest forums of its kind. The poster session at the AAL Forum 2017 will provide an opportunity ...
13 July 2017 | Geen categorie

Feature: Technology can provide solutions to social care crisis

As the UK was led through a tumultuous debate surrounding social care costs in the 2017 snap election, other countries were forced to reflect on the impending changes their societies will face as their populations age. Researchers from the AAL Programme believe technology can give independence back to both the ageing generation and their carers, ...
12 July 2017 | Social care

Workshops at the AAL Forum 2017

Workshops at the AAL Forum 2017 Once again, the AAL Forum will be showcasing some amazing technology, addressing this year’s main topic – “Bridging the gaps between technology solutions and active aging. What do YOU think?” During the forum we will be exploring how AAL technology and solutions in Europe acknowledge and overcome the obstacles ...
7 July 2017 | Geen categorie

Your chance to exhibit at this year’s forum

The exhibition space at the AAL Forum this year will be alive with new projects, new ideas and new faces. It provides an unmissable opportunity for exhibitors to show the most innovative, creative and vital technological advances in active ageing in Europe. This year, we want you and your developments to be a fundamental part of it. ...
3 July 2017 | Geen categorie

AAL Forum 2017 – Register now!

Join us for the AAL Forum 2017, one of the largest European events for reporting and supporting technological developments and ideas for active and healthy ageing. The forum presents the best of current research and practice in bridging the gap between technology and growing older, emphasising innovation and debate. Get up to speed on the ...
20 June 2017 | Geen categorie

Registration is open and prices are incredibly low

Hurry up! A new year, a new learning opportunity and new chance to know the latest advances in the AAL field. This is a unique opportunity that can change the way YOU look at the gaps between technology and active ageing. Are YOU going to miss this? Hurry up and register here now. YOU want ...
20 June 2017 | Geen categorie

Early Bird tickets extended for two weeks!

Don’t panic – you haven’t missed out on early bird tickets for the AAL Forum 2017 just yet. The deadline for delegates and exhibitors to receive incredible reduced prices has been extended for a further two weeks, giving you the opportunity to get your hands on tickets to one of the largest exhibitions of its ...
13 June 2017 | Geen categorie

Call for posters: Submit your idea by August 15th

Do you want the chance to present your work to colleagues and investors at the AAL Forum? Submit your idea for a poster by August 15th if you want to take this opportunity to present at one of the biggest forums of its kind. The poster session at the AAL Forum 2017 will provide an opportunity ...
11 June 2017 | Geen categorie

PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME RELEASED

Get ready for three fantastic days at the AAL Forum 2017! Every year, the European community of Active and Assisted Living gathers during the AAL Forum to discuss how to design, use and commercialise information and communication technology solutions to help older adults to live well and independently.   This year’s event marks the eighth ...
6 June 2017 | Geen categorie

Inside the Forum

Does the Robot Care? Perspectives on the Acceptance of Social Robots in Healthcare   There are several examples of innovative robots in care. However, their actual use in the domains medical care and care for the elderly is scarce. Is this still due to technological problems – or do humans simply prefer care from fellow ...
6 June 2017 | Geen categorie

Workshops at the AAL Forum

Workshops at the AAL Forum 2017 Once again, the AAL Forum will be showcasing some amazing technology, addressing this year’s main topic – “Bridging the gaps between technology solutions and active aging. What do YOU think?” During the forum we will be exploring how AAL technology and solutions in Europe acknowledge and overcome the obstacles ...
4 June 2017 | Geen categorie

FORUM 2017: CALL FOR INTERACTIVE SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS

EXTENDED DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2017 The AAL Forum is the yearly event of the AAL Programme. Active participation and interaction between the forum attendees is key in the 2017 AAL Forum program. In 2017 we aim to create an interactive and inspiring event, building on the creativity and the commitment of the AAL community. In this ...
20 March 2017 | Geen categorie

FORUM 2017 IN PORTUGAL

THE BEAUTIFUL PORTUGUESE CITY OF COIMBRA TO HOST OUR ANNUAL EVENT Coimbra, 2-4 October 2017  The AAL Forum is the place to be for the European community dealing with technology and active ageing. It brings together all the stakeholders in Active and Assisted Living domain, and this year will take place in Coimbra, in the Centro ...
27 February 2017 | Geen categorie

AAL Forum 2016 – The event closed with a bang and was a massive success

Technologies to live more independent and active lives for longer   The AAL Forum 2016 was a huge success, with 39 exhibitors, 39 matchmaking meetings, 30 interactive sessions, 6 tracks and more than 450 delegates all gathering in St Gallen, Switzerland, to consider how to get ICT solutions that help older people live more connected, ...
10 October 2016 | Geen categorie

Belgian brothers scoop the AAL Smart Ageing Prize

An idea that took root in a nursing home in Belgium and developed into a smart system that allows the housebound to cycle the world has just won the very first AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize – and a cheque for €50,000. Jan and Roel Smolders of Activ84Health Explorer picked up the major European award ...
30 September 2016 | Geen categorie

Quickfire ideas at the AAL Hackathon

    The AAL’s Hackathon for Ageing Well has been taking place over the past two days, with several groups coming together and working late into the night to develop ideas, prototypes and products that meet some of the the many and varied challenges faced by the older person in today’s society. The winning idea ...
26 September 2016 | Geen categorie

Meet the speakers

This year's forum will feature talks and panel discussions with renowned experts from a variety of backgrounds, each bringing their unique perspective on the issues surrounding active and healthy ageing....
23 September 2016 | Geen categorie

Exhibition: State-of-the-art AAL technology

Visit the exhibition at this year's AAL Forum The exhibition space at the forum this year will be alive with new projects, new ideas and new faces.  Eye-catching demonstrations and poster presentations from some of the world's most prestigious research institutions and exciting SMEs are sure to provide everyone in St.Gallen with a taste of the very best of AAL technology. Find ...
21 September 2016 | Geen categorie

AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize: The top 5 finalists

The AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize is awarding a €50,000 top prize for the best Internet of Things (IoT) innovation that enables older people to achieve the best possible quality of life, socially and independently. From a huge entry of close to 200 applicants, the field has been whittled down to five top finalists. At 11am on Wednesday ...
20 September 2016 | Geen categorie

Interactive workshops at the AAL Forum

At this year's forum we want to create a vibrant interactive event, building on the creativity and the commitment of the AAL community. During the forum we want to explore the different factors that influence the availability of AAL technologies and solutions in Europe.  The interactive workshops have been divided into six themes that will act as the ...
19 September 2016 | Geen categorie

Smarter neighbourhoods of the future

The AAL Forum will be joining forces with the Agile Ageing Alliance (AAA) and the European Commission on Wednesday, September 28 to present Neighbourhoods of the Future, a fact finding Roadshow, which has been touring Europe over the past six months. Neighbourhoods of the Future has been bringing together a variety of influential stakeholders from ...
12 September 2016 | Geen categorie

New living lab for AAL

A new international network launched to bridge the gap between research and market-ready innovation A new living lab designed for AAL projects is being launched at the AAL Forum 2016. The IBH Living Lab AAL is a new international network of universities, social services and technology providers who are collaborating to facilitate active and assisted ...
5 September 2016 | Geen categorie

AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize Finalists – Anne.

AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize Finalists – Anne. Anne: Your personal assistant The caring face of the Internet of Things Anne is a virtual personal assistant developed in the Netherlands, who uses the power of the internet to help care for the elderly at home. Now, the friendly computer face that is able to hold ...
2 September 2016 | Geen categorie