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Workshop Active and Assisted Living Programme

The Unité d’appui Ra&D organised this workshop to increase awareness and promote HES-SO participation in the Active and Assisted Living Programme (AAL), which funds multi-partner projects aiming at improving conditions of life for the older adults and to strengthen the industrial opportunities in Europe through the use of information and communication technology (ICT). The workshop took place on February 6th 2017 at HES-SO Master.

The workshop was directed to HES-SO researchers working in the areas of health, ageing, and ICT for health. Fifteen researchers from ten different schools participated in the event.

The specific objectives of the workshop were:

  • To provide information about the AAL Programme and conditions for participation of Swiss partners in Call 2017: AAL packages/Integrated solutions.
  • To learn from the experiences of colleagues who have participated in AAL.
  • To discuss ideas for proposals, possible collaborations, and potential partners.
  • To plan HES-SO participation in the AAL Info & Consortium building event on 6-7 March 2017 in Brussels.

The event consisted of three sessions

Information session

Daniel Egloff and Friederike Rass from the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) gave a general overview of the AAL Programme and the conditions for participation for Swiss partners. Michel Deriaz from University of Geneva presented the SmartHeat project and elaborated on the importance of choosing the right partners to succeed in AAL projects. The Unité d’appui Ra&D provided information and advice about how to find partners for AAL proposals.

Internal brokerage event

An internal brokerage event was conducted to familiarize the participants with the face-to-face meetings widely used for networking at international events, like the AAL Info and Consortium building event in Brussels. Each participant had 3 face-to-face meetings with other colleagues to discuss their research and innovation interest, as well as possible ideas for collaboration. Through this exercise, participants got in contact with colleagues from other schools and institutions, which can have positive effects beyond the AAL calls.

Work in groups

Participants where separated in groups and rotated between three tables to discuss Challenges, Opportunities and Project ideas for participation in AAL Call 2017. The collective knowledge and experiences about HES-SO were explored and the key points of the discussions were summarized in flipcharts and presented to the plenary for discussion.

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Publié le 21.02.2017

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