The time is rapidly drawing near when ISG2018 will take flight in
The 11th World Conference marks the culmination of the concerted
efforts of many individuals and groups working to create the best
international experience for our members, and the many new and
future members whom we look forward to meeting there.
If you have already registered for the conference and are on your
way to St. Petersburg, I wish you safe travels and a pleasant
stay in our beautiful city by the bay. If you have not
registered yet, now is the time! We have a wonderful program
and many exciting conference sessions and local cultural events
just waiting for your arrival.
I look forward to meeting you there!
William (Bill) Kearns
Educational opportunities in Gerontechnology
At a round table meeting during ISG2018 Florida
the focus will be on educational offerings.
Prof. Gloria Gutman is the covener of this session on educational
opportunities in Gerontechnology. Everyone attending the
conference is welcome to attend.
EPIC Research and Career Development Program
Professionals, Inspired Careers,
The EPIC Advantage Knowledge and Technology Exchange &
Exploitation: Accelerate innovation and commercialization. Join
our Knowledge Community and help establish Canada as a global
leader in the development of technologies for healthy aging.
The AGE-WELL EPIC program will train HQP to be industry,
academic, and community leaders in the development and
introduction of technology to the health system and marketplace.
Further information can also be found on our
Professor Andrew Sixsmith
Simon Fraser University
and Engineering - International Summerschool Utrecht, the
The course Health and Engineering has a specific focus on built environments
and building services technologies, as well as aspects of human
factors. Furthermore, the latest developments, trends and
innovations in the field of technology in the home or care
environment will be treated in this course. The following themes
will be discussed in detail: 1. Health and Environment, 2.
Well-being in care environment, 3. Comfort, Care and Lighting, 4.
Acoustic and Health, 5. Design for Dementia Care, 6. Technology,
ageing in place, E-Health, 7. E-Health and monitoring, 8. Technology
at home, 9. Older people, Health and Technology.
Further information can also be found on our website.
Academy for Gerontechnology (WAGT)
In December 2017 WAGT’s president, Alain Franco, stepped back and
the undersigned became acting president.
Nice is not available any more for Master Classes in the years
without an ISG World Conference. We are currently discussing a
new official seat for the WAGT.
First Master Class will be in 2019, perhaps face-to-face,
possibly as a MOOC or both.
As to the Open Access Teaching Library, the main section will be
in English. However, the option of sub-sections in the local
languages of the ISG Cultural Chapters is also foreseen.
Expanding the membership for teaching is our first priority with
at least two teachers from every country where Gerontechnology is
taught. ISG-Grandmasters are also Grandmasters in the WAGT and
currently originate from Finland, France, the Netherlands and the
USA. Masters are academics or professionals (commonly with a PhD
or DSc degree) with important gerontechnology contributions in
either research, design or engineering, who have:
(i) published papers on trans-domain gerontechnology in
peer-reviewed international periodicals; (ii) at least 5 years of
proven teaching duties; (iii) when not a native speaker: at least
a EU-C2-level of command in English (or comparable).
Associate-Masters are academics or professionals (commonly with a
PhD or DSc degree) with academic publications on gerontechnology
subjects, including some (or all) in the English language.
Academics or professionals interested in becoming master or
associate-master in the WAGT may mail the undersigned their
credentials. Candidates from Africa, Asia and South-America are especially
invited to join. The board will evaluate all candidates and
appointment takes place in the General Assembly of the WAGT.
Prof.dr. (em) J.E.M.H. van Bronswijk
The Francophone chapter introduces her new
From April 2018 onward Luigi Corrado will serve as the new
president for the Francophone chapter. He writes: I am very
honoured and happy to assume the presidency of the Francophone
Chapter of the ISG and look forward to meeting you all soon.
Nathalie Bier will represent North America and Abdelaziz Djellal
will be the representative of French speaking Africa in this
Chapter. Prof Luigi Corrado is the successor of prof em. Vincent
Rialle, PhD. He is being thanked for his excellent work for the
Francophone chapter in the past year.
The Francophone chapter is organizing the 28st
tour on May 29 to de l’Institut Universitaire
Gérontologie Yves Mémin. The topic is entitled “En marche
vers une eternelle jeunesse?
To join click here: https://bit.ly/2H2viAt
Netherlands Chapter Professor Kort
editor on special issue in Healthy Building Environments
Professor Helianthe S.M. Kort from the Utrecht University of
Applied Sciences and Eindhoven University of Technology in The
Netherlands was invited as special guest editor performing with a
special issue focusing on healthy building environments for
ageing adults in the Healthy Building Environments for Gerontechnology.
Read the full report on:
Healthy Building Environments.
2017. Vol. 16. No.4
Topics addressed in this journal vary from technologies for
health and self-esteem, housing and daily living, communication
and governance, and work and leisure according to the
In the symposium organized at the Healthy Buildings congress in
Poland the idea for this special issue was launched from the
publications produced in the field of Healthy Buildings, such as
the review by Reinten et.al. in the journal The indoor Sound
Environment and Human Task Performance of 2017 titled: A literature
review on the role of room acoustics. Building and Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2017.07.005
Chapter is under construction. This
initiative is supported by several Grandmasters among which prof.
Vappu Taipele, former minister of Health in Finland. Members from
the Nordic countries Denmark, Norway Sweden and Finland took the
initiative in Nice to explore the establishment of a Nordic
news from the Sinophone Chapter
by the Far Eastern Memorial Foundation in Taiwan, the Sinophone
Chapter Convened a White Paper named Development and Application
of Intelligent Technology in Care for Older Adults. This book
includes 8 chapters by experts from Taiwan, Japan, German, and
the Netherlands, from different aspects, geriatrics,
technologies, housing, robotics, environment, and education.
authors, Dr. Yeh-Liang Hsu, Dr. Thomas Bock, and Dr.
Helianthe Kort are ISG board members. A successful press
conference was held on April 19, 2018 for its publication. The
book is expected to make a great impact to the society. The White
Paper are officially online and can be downloaded for free.
article from the Brazilian Chapter
I would like to share with you my article published on
International Network for Critical Gerontology in Canada, because
I'm sure that the lessons aren't only for Brazil but worldwide.
Visiting professor Sao Paolo University
The International ISG 2018 Conference
World Conference of Gerontechnology
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Evolving Designs for Our Future Selves
The World Conference of Gerontechnology is almost on.
When you read this Newsletter, individuals from as
many as 22 countries will be attending our international
conference. The World Conference of Gerontechnology is held every
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.
The organizing committee for ISG2018 is pleased to
present you the program.
for the conference in May.
For more information about our speakers and details of the program
visit our website at www.sfu.ca/isg2018 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
www.sfu.ca/isg2018 or e-mail email@example.com.
ISG North American Chapter & ISG2018
Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre
#2800-515 W Hastings Street, Vancouver Canada
Grant Application Opportunity
The Herman Bouma fund for
Gerontechnology Foundation offers support to young,
promising researchers in the area of Gerontechnology with yearly
grants for travelling or research scholarships. Interested? For
more information: http://gerontechnologie.nl/grants
Recent publications by ISG-members:
Barbara Barbosa Neves, Jaime R. S. Fonseca, Fausto
Amaro, Adriano Pasqualotti. Social capital and Internet use in an age-comparative
perspective with a focus on later life. Public Library of Science
one, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0192119
E.J.M. Wouters, J. van Hoof (2017). Professionals’ views of the
sense of home in nursing homes: Findings from LEGO SERIOUS PLAY
workshops. Gerontechnology, 16(4), 218-223
Houwelingen van, C.T.M., Ettema R.G.A., Antonietti,
M.G.E.F, Kort H.S.M., (2018) Understanding Older People’s Readiness
for Receiving Telehealth: Mixed-Method Study. In Journal of Medical
Internet Research. Vol. 20 | iss. 4 | e123 | p.1.
H.S.M. Kort (2017). Healthy building environments for ageing
adults. Gerontechnology, 16(4), 207-210. https://doi.org/10.4017/gt.2017.16.4.001.0
Jawad HAJJAM. La santé connecté - Benchmark et perspectives. In:
Aquino JP (sous la dir. de). L'Officiel des Aînés, 3ème édition.
Ministères de l'État français, 2017:113-120.
M.M.A. van Tilborg, H.S.M. Kort, P.J. Murphy (2017). Specialist
report: Dry eye disease and aging. Gerontechnology, 16(4), 211-217.
M. te Kulve, M.G.L.C. Loomans, E.R.C.M. Huisman, H.S.M. Kort
(2017). A systematic approach to assessing indoor air quality of
long term care facilities. Gerontechnology, 16(4), 224-238
N. Bier. Special issue on technology and neuropsychological rehabilitation:
Overview and reflections on ways to conduct future studies and
support clinical practice. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. ISSN:
0960-2011 (Print) 1464-0694 (Online) Journal homepage: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/pnrh20
Ponti, Moacir ; Bet, Patricia ; Oliveira, Caroline L. ; Castro,
Paula C. Better than counting seconds: Identifying fallers among
healthy elderly using fusion of accelerometer features and
dual-task Timed Up and Go. PLoS One, v. 12, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0175559
Rialle V. Villes intelligentes sources d’inspiration. In: Aquino JP
(sous la dir. de). L'Officiel des Aînés - 3e édition: Ministères de
l'Etat Français; 2017:107-112.
Taiuani Marquine Raymundo, Carla da Silva Santana. Perception of
older workers about work and insertion of technologies in work
activities. Revista Kairós - Gerontologia, 20(4), pp. 111-133,
2018. DOI: 10.23925/2176-901X.2017v20i4p111-133
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