Session B4

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Session  B4

Working Title:

Methods of End-use Involvement in the Field of Social Interaction 




16.30 – 18.00


Gerda Geyer, Austrian Research Promotion Agency


Heidrun Mollenkopf, Age Platform, Belgium

Maria Schwarz-Woelzl, Center for Social Innovation, Austria

Jonathan Matthew Bennet, University of Bern, Switzerland

Stefanie Wengel, Diakonie Moosbach, Germany

Tuula Petakoski-Hult, VTT, Finland

Silvio Bonfiglio, Fimi Barco, Italy 

Frank Walhoff, University of Munich, Germany

Stefan Schurz, Life Tool, Austria



Session Content


End-user involvement is a prerequisite for all AAL projects. Related ethical issues on the micro and macro levels are of high relevance. This session will be organised as a discussion. Speakers will be asked to give a very brief introductory statement on the highlights of end-user involvement in their projects and related ethical issues (no PPP allowed). Key discussion questions are:

  • Which approaches have proved to work effectively? Which were ineffective?
  • Did the assumptions on older persons’ needs and wishes prove to be correct? If the assumptions were not correct how did the situation differ?
  • What kind of ethical issues have arisen or are expected to arise in the future project lifetime?
  • What ethical issues are expected to arise after the project’s completion?
  • Did the consortia feel insecure with respect to ethical issues?
  • Do projects need a specific framework for ethical issues?
  • What kind of ethical requirements need to be fulfilled on the national levels?