Call for poster presentations


Smarter practical implementation of digital technology to enhance active and healthy living

Launch: 26 April 2019  

Deadline: 29 May 2019

Deadline for approval: 12 June 2019

The AAL Forum 2019 provides an opportunity to present your latest results or ongoing research project in the AAL sector to the expected 1,000 conference participants. This will be in the form of a digital poster to be presented orally. The presentation may last up to 10 minutes.

Presenting at the forum is a brilliant way of informing other delegates and stakeholders about how you are helping to change the way older people use technology to stay healthy and independent for longer. In previous years, presenters have received notable feedback during and after the event from various stakeholders and end users. It is an excellent way to make your mark at the forum whilst fully immersing yourself in the rest of the event’s workshops, plenary sessions and networking opportunities.

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The overall topic of the AAL Forum 2019 will be:

Smarter practical implementation of digital technology to enhance active and healthy living.

Six thematic areas were identified within this scope by the Programme Committee of the 2019 AAL Forum. Poster presentations should correspond to one of these thematic areas.

Please notice that number 6 is an open category where you can suggest any content aligned with the broader theme of AAL. 

THEME 1: Successful implementation – How do we ensure better, more efficient and long-term implementation?
Not all digital solutions are implemented successfully in the AAL domain. In some cases, technology is too costly to be adopted or has too heavy infrastructure for smooth installation; in other cases, social and health care providers do not even know about the best tech solutions available. In addition, caregivers in some localities lack the required digital skills to operate new technologies. In many other cases, it may well be that end-users don’t receive competent guidance on how to operate these new technologies and are therefore resistant to embrace them. Exchanging good policy practices and funding mechanisms across Europe can help us address implementation barriers in the health care sector.

Presentations in this theme should include topics related to both successful and failed experiences with implementation practices on 3 levels: 

End-user level
Can end-users be empowered in implementation? How do we measure impact and better quality of life? We encourage end-user organizations to share experiences.

Company level
Can we develop validated methods for better implementation? Can we harmonize implementation assessments across borders? We encourage companies to share their experiences.

Public authorities / regulated market / social care level
We encourage public authorities to share their experiences in implementing digital solutions with end-users and care providers, as well as the main barriers to broad installation and adoption.   

THEME 2: Age-friendly societies – How do we foster age-friendly environments and communities?
Age-friendly ecosystems enable people of all ages to actively participate in community activities. They help seniors to stay active outdoors and give them the safety to transport themselves from one place to another. How do we make sure that our designers, decision-makers and environmental planners take age-friendly environments into account in the future? 

THEME 3: Data for better lives – How do we become better at mastering all our data?
Data is the new gold, but it brings with it new and unprecedented issues related to ethics and privacy. Home sensors, geolocalization, and trackers, for instance, provide us with useful knowledge on how to protect and improve the lives of seniors. Digital solutions are rapidly utilized by older adults themselves to measure health conditions, improve lifestyle and a provide a feeling of security and autonomy. Moreover, it can give care and social professionals and companies new tools to develop new solutions and faster implementation.

However, collection of data raises questions about ethics: what type of data is collected and why, for example?

THEME 4: Overcoming market barriers in the Silver Economy – Can we create better conditions for SMEs?
Breakthroughs in the AAL sector depend mainly on companies. We would like to look back at 10 years of AAL and collect experiences – good ones to follow, failures to learn from. And we would like to discuss how Partners, States and the EU better support SMEs in the future based on what we have learned.

THEME 5: Seniors at the workplace – Can digital retain our precious silver workforce?
Older workers are a major asset. Employees are encouraged to retire later in life in some European countries. However, promoting employment opportunities for an ageing workforce requires new thinking at company, national and EU level.

THEME 6: The open category (no thematic area)
This is your chance to be creative!

Want to participate in the AAL Forum 2019?